History Literature / WellWorld

20th Sep '16 10:21:31 PM PaulA
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* DismantleMacGuffin: In the last Well World series, the villains are attempting to find all the pieces of the dismantled Straight Gate. As it was an artifact of the Markovians, it was indestructible, so it had to be split up, scattered, and removed from the history books to keep it from being misused.

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* DismantleMacGuffin: DismantledMacGuffin: In the last Well World series, the villains are attempting to find all the pieces of the dismantled Straight Gate. As it was an artifact of the Markovians, it was indestructible, so it had to be split up, scattered, and removed from the history books to keep it from being misused.



* OutCentaursAreDifferent:

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* OutCentaursAreDifferent:OurCentaursAreDifferent:
20th Sep '16 10:20:03 PM PaulA
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* AmnesiacGod: Nathan Brazil in the first novel, before the Well restores his memories.



* ArmlessBiped: The inhabitants of Slongorn, although one could theoretically count their probosces as arms.
* AssimilationPlot: The State, in an AlternateHistory where the Soviet Union never fell, and Communism became the default human government, tries to make this a reality on many of its more "advanced" planets, engineering humans in birth factories to be physically flawless but mentally ant-like workers and on some worlds even hermaphrodites, so everyone's equal.



* BeePeople: Many hyper-communist human colony-worlds have begun evolving in this direction, although they haven't gone so far as to develop a single queen who does all the breeding (yet).



* BizarreSexualDimorphism
* BlessedWithSuck:
** Nathan Brazil, is effectively immortal and something like God, but most of the time he does not consciously realize it. He remarks that no matter what the disaster, he has been a survivor, no matter how awful the event was.
** Brazil also has a tendency to bless other characters with suck, usually as a karmic retribution for something they've done.



* CosmicRetcon: Happens a few times, using the powers granted by the Well.
* DismantleMacGuffin: In the last Well World series, the villains are attempting to find all the pieces of the dismantled Straight Gate. As it was an artifact of the Markovians, it was indestructible, so it had to be split up, scattered, and removed from the history books to keep it from being misused.



* EmergencyTransformation: In ''Midnight'', Nathan Brazil's soul is transferred into a deer-like creature when his human body gets fatally wounded. (Later, after he gets access to his powers, he obtains a new body for himself, but at the time it's expected to be irreversible.)



* ExpansionPackPast: Nathan Brazil, which is sort of inevitable considering he has (he says) rebooted the universe, and subsequently relived the whole course of all human history, at least five times.



* GenderRarityValue: The Olympians are a subspecies of TranshumanAliens specifically created to exploit Gender Rarity Value to fulfill a male villain's harem fantasies -- fantasies that backfired spectacularly.

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* GenderRarityValue: FlyingDutchman: Nathan Brazil is an immortal wanderer, and is said in-story to be the likely inspiration for both the Flying Dutchman and wandering Jew legends.
* FormulaicMagic:
The Olympians Great Equation. A couple of supercomputers are a subspecies capable of TranshumanAliens specifically created warping reality retroactively (that is, those who didn't see the change actually happen are incapable of realizing that anything changed) by "altering" the Equation, which basically is reality. By moving a few numbers in the equation, the result -- that is, our reality -- changes to exploit Gender Rarity Value suit.
* FreakOut: In the second book of the second series, a fairly subdued version happens
to fulfill a [[spoiler:Alowi, as she insists on being called from then on out]] when [[spoiler:she's afraid that her husband is dying and realizes that she loves him]]. [[GenderBender The fact that she'd been male villain's harem fantasies -- fantasies (and very straight) until not long before the wedding]] played into that backfired spectacularly.as well.



* GenderRarityValue: The Olympians are a subspecies of TranshumanAliens specifically created to exploit Gender Rarity Value to fulfill a male villain's harem fantasies -- fantasies that backfired spectacularly.
* GodInHumanForm: Nathan Brazil.



* HandyFeet: The Twosh are bowling pin shaped creatures with only two limbs, which they use as hands or feet as the situation requires.



* [[HumanityEnsues Inhumanity Ensues]]

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* [[HumanityEnsues Inhumanity Ensues]]HumanityEnsues: Inverted when various human characters are given alien forms and come to take on attributes of those forms.
* ImmortalInfertility: Nathan Brazil, which he actually considers a mercy since if he hadn't been he'd have outlived a ''lot'' of mortal descendents by now.
* LadyLand: The Olympians, a matriarchal society of transhumans that evolved, ironically enough, out of a failed attempt to create a society based entirely on ''male'' harem fantasies. (The ten-female-to-one-male birth ratio proved to be a bad idea in retrospect.)



* LastOfHisKind: Nathan Brazil, although he keeps changing his story about what his kind is exactly.
* LivingRelic: Nathan Brazil.
* LizardFolk: Marquoz starts life as one of a small saurian fire-breathing race. After reaching the Well World, he is reborn as a Hakazit, a race of huge armored dinosaurlike war machines.



* MermaidProblem: The mermaid-like Umiau are hermaphroditic, not shy about that fact, and not at all interested in sex outside their species.



* NeuroVault: In ''Midnight at the Well of Souls'', Vardia Diplo 1261 is, for the most part, a human cassette reel -- a NeuroVault with legs. A message is encoded in her head, to be shuttled to another planet's embassy, where the vault is unlocked, and she's basically written over with the base "Diplo program".
* NonMammalMammaries: A naga-like species with six arms and six breasts, though these were later retconned into glands for storing water.



* OutCentaursAreDifferent:
** The original series has Dillians and Rhone (which are basically the same race on two different planets) as more-or-less the classic model (albeit with horse ears, and only about the size of big ponies). Dillians also appear in the Watchers at the Well series; there, they're stated to have become a smoother synthesis of hominid and equine than the classic centaur.
** The matriarchal Gekir felitaurs.



* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: The Umiau are an alien species of aquatic mammals that just happen to look remarkably like traditional mermaids. Another aquatic race resembles sea lions.
* PatchworkMap: The surface of the Well World is divided into regular hexagons, each featuring its own environment, often startlingly different from its neighbors in climate, biome, atmosphere, gravity, or even achievable tech level, with no apparent separating mechanism other than force walls that just about anyone can shove through without noticing. A case of it being artificially constructed and designed that way.
* PatchworkWorld: The Well World is a planet constructed by the Precursors as a testbed for the species they designed and spread through the universe. It's divided into thousands of sections that mimic the conditions of each target planet.
* PhlebotinumKilledTheDinosaurs: The Markovians killed the dinosaurs because they'd evolved naturally on a planet that was earmarked for the Markovian-designed human race.
* PlantAliens: The Czillians are bipedal sentient plants. They are a lot more plant-like and a lot less humanoid then many of the other examples.
* PluckyGirl: Mavra Chang absolutely refuses to give up despite all of the BodyHorror inflicted on her -- seemingly cripplng mutations and body modifications only seem to make her even more determined. Hell, Mavra's probably ar her most dangerous when she doesn't even have any hands.



* {{Retcon}}:Brazil's origin story changes a lot over the years, explained in story as a combination of ShroudedInMyth and Brazil being a habitual liar.

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* {{Retcon}}:Brazil's RealityWarper: Anyone who gains access to even some of the power of the Well World computer (or develops an analogous system). The human-built computer Obie has the power to warp a planet. The Well is the operating system for the Universe, and has been rebooted several times (thankfully by the good guys).
* {{Retcon}}: Brazil's
origin story changes a lot over the years, explained in story as a combination of ShroudedInMyth and Brazil being a habitual liar.


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* SeriesContinuityError: The details of exactly what's in each hex of the Well World, and what each hex is named, are not always consistent from book to book.


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* TheStarsAreGoingOut: An experimental weapon tears a hole in reality that just keeps widening, erasing everything inside it.


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* TimeAbyss: Nathan Brazil, who is several times older than the universe.
* TransformationRay: One of the main manifestations of the Well's reality warping powers.


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* WaveMotionGun: The entire universe is actually a simulation running on a gigantic computer called the Well of Souls. Humanity figures out how to hack it to a minor degree and builds "Zinder Nullifiers" for use in a major intergalactic war, weapons that basically reformat a large region of space into a default empty vacuum state. The war gets a bit heated, the Nullifiers are overused, and the Well World starts suffering a progressive memory fault that will eventually destroy the entire universe unless our intrepid heroes are able to get into the Well of Souls' control center to fix it.


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* WhenTheClockStrikesTwelve: The significance of the phrase "midnight at the Well of Souls" -- the six gateways to the Well open at local midnight. [[spoiler:That was the time the shift changed and it was the only automatic access left in the system.]]
20th Sep '16 9:49:27 PM PaulA
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* RewritingReality: The whole point of controlling the Well of Souls
14th Jun '16 5:39:21 PM twingle93
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* PowerPerversionPotential: Obie's a supercomputer hooked up to a Matter/Energy/Matter converter and planted inside a planetoid big enough to house a small town. He can give you anything you want, as long as he knows how to make it, and has a big transmitter capable of altering entire planets to a person's specifications. He's also capable of travelling to anywhere he knows the coordinates of within minutes. Upon hearing of Obie's full power, Nathan Brazil himself said, "to hell with porn," and upon seeing Obie in action, Brazil was rather disturbed.

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* PowerPerversionPotential: Obie's a supercomputer hooked up to a Matter/Energy/Matter converter and planted inside a planetoid big enough to house a small town. He can give you anything you want, as long as he knows how to make it, and has a big transmitter capable of altering entire planets to a person's specifications. He's also capable of travelling traveling to anywhere he knows the coordinates of within minutes. Upon hearing of Obie's full power, Nathan Brazil himself said, "to hell with porn," and upon seeing Obie in action, Brazil was rather disturbed.disturbed.
** One of the first acts of Ben Yulin, the villain in Book 3 upon gaining control of Obie is to capture two of the woman characters and transform them into what he considers female perfection as well as program them to be his sex slaves. He keeps doing to this to all the other characters he captures increasing the size of his harem, with plans of doing the same to entire worlds.
31st May '16 10:22:05 PM PaulA
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* ThereAreTwoKindsOfPeopleInTheWorld: Serge Ortega asserts that the universe contains only three kinds of people -- scoundrels, hypocrites, and sheep -- and that he is therefore proud to be a scoundrel.
16th Feb '16 6:09:37 PM GuyYouMetOnline
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** It's [[JustifiedTrope justified]]; the Well alters the mind of anyone passing through it just enough to make them comfortable in their new forms.
2nd Jun '15 10:25:43 AM nombretomado
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The setting for a series of science fiction novels by JackChalker, beginning with ''Midnight at the Well of Souls'' in 1977. The Well World is a planet-sized computer created by an ancient race that used it to expand and stabilize the universe; its surface is a series of 1560 hexagonal laboratories used to develop new sentient species with carbon-based lifeforms in the southern hemisphere and truly alien lifeforms in the north. Newly arrived space travellers are incorporated into the experiment by being automatically assigned to a "hex" and transformed into its dominant species. Control the Well World and you can theoretically control the entire universe. Of course, it's never that simple.

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The setting for a series of science fiction novels by JackChalker, Creator/JackChalker, beginning with ''Midnight at the Well of Souls'' in 1977. The Well World is a planet-sized computer created by an ancient race that used it to expand and stabilize the universe; its surface is a series of 1560 hexagonal laboratories used to develop new sentient species with carbon-based lifeforms in the southern hemisphere and truly alien lifeforms in the north. Newly arrived space travellers are incorporated into the experiment by being automatically assigned to a "hex" and transformed into its dominant species. Control the Well World and you can theoretically control the entire universe. Of course, it's never that simple.
1st Mar '15 1:25:26 PM JustKnown
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** The fate of Damon Hain, a drug dealer and slave trader. He'd been transformed on the well into basically a neutered female giant locust, and then brainwashed into a loyal and adoring subject to a local prince/warlord. When the group reaches the Well, his only wish is [[spoiler:to go back and be the mate of the Prince. Brazil grants his wish, transforming him into the most beautiful female of that race ever seen and sends him home. When the rest of the group demands to know why the villain gets his reward, Brazil explains that the nobody told Hain about that race's reproduction in detail: infants hatch from eggs while still inside their mother ... and ''eat their way out''. Cue horrified and squicked expressions on every face...]]

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** The fate of Damon Hain, a drug dealer and slave trader. He'd been The Well transformed on the well him into basically a neutered into female breeder of a giant locust, and then spiderlike species. Her new people brainwashed her into a loyal and adoring subject to a of the local prince/warlord. warlord prince. When the group reaches the Well, his Hain's only wish is [[spoiler:to go back and be the mate of the with her beloved Prince. Brazil grants his her wish, transforming him Hain into the most beautiful female of that race ever seen and sends him her home. When the rest of the group demands to know why the villain gets his reward, rewarded, Brazil explains that the nobody told Hain about that her new race's reproduction in detail: infants hatch from eggs while still inside their mother ... and ''eat their way out''. Cue horrified and squicked expressions on every face...]]



* ArcWords: the phrase "Until midnight at the Well of Souls" is found in all Well World languages. We learn why in the first book (that's when the Well is open for entry) but it isn't until the fifth book that we learn there is a much deeper but no less literal meaning lurking underneath.



* BiTheWay: Brazil. It's couched in the terms of "if you live long enough you'll try anything" but it's a rather understated and matter-of-fact for a book written in 1977 when alternate sexualities tended to be either ignored or waved at the audience for shock value

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* BiTheWay: Brazil. It's couched in the terms of "if you live long enough you'll try anything" but it's a rather understated and matter-of-fact for a book written in 1977 when alternate sexualities tended to be either ignored or waved at the audience for shock valuevalue.



* EnforcedTechnologyLevels: Each hex has a maximum technology level -- Non, Semi, or High -- to simulate the availability of resources in that race's target biosphere. Technology above a hex's maximum level will simply fail to work inside that hex.
* TheFairFolk: An insectoid race that can abuse physical laws by their outstanding psychical powers, essentially making them magical.

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* TheDreaded: Brazil, despite being an inoffensive sort, has the power to theoretically end the universe, and that terrifies everyone.
* EnforcedTechnologyLevels: Each hex has a maximum technology level -- Non, Semi, or High -- to simulate the availability of resources in that race's target biosphere. Technology above a hex's maximum level will simply fail to work inside that hex.
hex. Hex tech levels are not enforced on their species in the wider universe, however.
* TheFairFolk: An insectoid race that can abuse physical laws by their outstanding psychical psychic powers, essentially making them magical.magical for all intents and purposes. Brazil theorizes that the Well is cheating for them to make up for something they ares supposed to have in their native environment.



* GenderRarityValue: The Olympians are a subspecies of TranshumanAliens specifically created to fulfill a male villain's harem fantasies -- fantasies that backfired spectacularly.

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* GenderRarityValue: The Olympians are a subspecies of TranshumanAliens specifically created to exploit Gender Rarity Value to fulfill a male villain's harem fantasies -- fantasies that backfired spectacularly.


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* NowWhat: every group that makes it into the Well confronts this to one degree or another.


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* RockBeatsLaser: Even in semitech hex sophisticated weapons are often useless, so people who travel a lot tend to carry things like swords and crossbows, which work anywhere.
** Some of the non-tech species are as sly and sophisticated as anyone, despite their enforced primitivism.
5th Feb '15 3:49:21 AM JustKnown
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* BiTheWay: Brazil. It's couched in the terms of "if you live long enough you'll try anything" but it's a rather understated and matter-of-fact for a book written in 1977 when alternate sexualities tended to be either ignored or waved at the audience for shock value


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* ConMan: both Brazil and Mavra Chang use this as their fallback survival strategy. Brazil's life is just one big con anyway.
4th Feb '15 4:29:47 AM JustKnown
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** This is essentially the plot of the first novel, where the adventuring party reaches their goal only to discover that one of their own members is effectively god after they get there.
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