History Literature / WellWorld

14th Jun '16 5:39:21 PM twingle93
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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.

to:

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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** 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...]]

to:

** 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

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.

to:

* 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.


Added DiffLines:

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


Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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


Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** 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.
25th Nov '14 6:01:53 AM JustKnown
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* RewritingReality

to:

* RewritingReality {{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.
* RewritingReality: The whole point of controlling the Well of Souls
20th Oct '14 7:13:31 PM BillWoods
Is there an issue? Send a Message


** The fate of a bad guy in the first book. [[spoiler: He's dropped into the body of a deer-like animal on the home planet of a species of humanoid which hunts said animal in packs and eats it alive. Wanting to avoid such a grisly fate, he hurls himself off a cliff...only to wake up in the body of ''another'' deer. Brazil made sure he will experience death repeatedly, once for every person whose death he is responsible for. He has a fair body count to his credit. And the worst part: ''he doesn't know'' that it will, eventually, end.]]
** 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 prince never told Hain one detail about the race: children grow within the mother, and hatch by ''eating their way out''. Cue horrified and squicked expressions on every face...]]
* AlternativeContinuity: ''TheSeaIsFullOfStars'', a series about a group of travelers to the Well World that doesn't include Marva Chang or Nathan Brazil, forcing the heroes to solve their dilemma without a walking DeusExMachina.
* AuthorAppeal - Even a casual survey of Chalker's work will show that he was obsessed with the idea of humans changing their species and sex. The ''Well World'' books just gave him a justification for doing it on a massive scale.

to:

** The fate of a bad guy in the first book. [[spoiler: He's dropped into the body of a deer-like animal on the home planet of a species of humanoid which hunts said animal in packs and eats it alive. Wanting to avoid such a grisly fate, he hurls himself off a cliff...cliff ... only to wake up in the body of ''another'' deer. Brazil made sure he will experience death repeatedly, once for every person whose death he is responsible for. He has a fair body count to his credit. And the worst part: ''he doesn't know'' that it will, eventually, end.]]
** 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 prince never nobody told Hain one detail about the race: children grow within the mother, and that race's reproduction in detail: infants hatch by ''eating from eggs while still inside their mother ... and ''eat their way out''. Cue horrified and squicked expressions on every face...]]
* AlternativeContinuity: ''TheSeaIsFullOfStars'', ''The Sea is Full of Stars'' -- a series about a group of travelers to the Well World that doesn't include Marva Chang or Nathan Brazil, forcing the heroes to solve their dilemma without a walking DeusExMachina.
* AuthorAppeal - AuthorAppeal: Even a casual survey of Chalker's work will show that he was obsessed with the idea of humans changing their species and sex. The ''Well World'' books just gave him a justification for doing it on a massive scale.



* BizarreAlienBiology - several hundred hexes worth.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower - Gypsy ([[spoiler:Dr. Zinder]]) has learned to directly manipulate minor local aspects of the universal programming, without technological assistance -- he claims it's all done mentally using mathematics.
* CompleteImmortality - Nathan Brazil, [[IHaveManyNames among other names he uses]]; later, [[spoiler:Mavra Chang]].
* 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.

to:

* BizarreAlienBiology - BizarreAlienBiology: several hundred hexes worth.
* CharlesAtlasSuperpower - CharlesAtlasSuperpower: Gypsy ([[spoiler:Dr. Zinder]]) has learned to directly manipulate minor local aspects of the universal programming, without technological assistance -- he claims it's all done mentally using mathematics.
* CompleteImmortality - CompleteImmortality: Nathan Brazil, [[IHaveManyNames among other names he uses]]; later, [[spoiler:Mavra Chang]].
* EnforcedTechnologyLevels - 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.



* FateWorseThanDeath: Nikki Zinder [[spoiler: is one of the founders of the Olympians, the race that Ben Yulin created through Obie's powers. When the other founders figure out they're all reaching their age limits, they go back to the Well World for one last life time. Nikki, on the other hand, uses cybernetics to stay alive and becomes a brain in the jar to continue leading her people. When you first see her in The Return of Nathan Brazil, she seems relatively sane until Mavra leaves the room. Then she goes on a religious rant and orders her people to make sure Brazil doesn't fall into the "Evil One's" hands, before laughing madly and then begging in a child's voice for her father to come back to her, despite the fact that she can't reasonably think he's still alive.]]

to:

* FateWorseThanDeath: Nikki Zinder [[spoiler: is one of the founders of the Olympians, the race that Ben Yulin created through Obie's powers. When the other founders figure out they're all reaching their age limits, they go back to the Well World for one last life time. Nikki, on the other hand, uses cybernetics to stay alive and becomes a brain in the jar to continue leading her people. When you first see her in The ''The Return of Nathan Brazil, Brazil'', she seems relatively sane until Mavra leaves the room. Then she goes on a religious rant and orders her people to make sure Brazil doesn't fall into the "Evil One's" hands, before laughing madly and then begging in a child's voice for her father to come back to her, despite the fact that she can't reasonably think he's still alive.]]



* FisherKingdom - entering the Well World induces transformation into one of that world's indigenous races.
* GenderRarityValue - the Olympians are a subspecies of TranshumanAliens specifically created to fulfill a male villain's harem fantasies -- fantasies that backfired spectacularly.
* TheFogOfAges - In the first book, Nathan Brazil is so old that he's forgotten most of his life, including his own origins; it all comes flooding back when he comes (back) to the Well World.
* GenderBender - numerous
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp - later revised as the [[CosmicRetcon universe is rebooted]]. In earlier ''Well World'' stories, communism spread to the stars and there were even people who worshipped Marx and Lenin. After the universe was rebooted, the stories which (partially) took place on modern Earth noted that things are different.
* {{Hermaphrodite}} - several species, mostly aquatic, as well as variant humans.

to:

* FisherKingdom - entering FisherKingdom: Entering the Well World induces transformation into one of that world's indigenous races.
* GenderRarityValue - the GenderRarityValue: The Olympians are a subspecies of TranshumanAliens specifically created to fulfill a male villain's harem fantasies -- fantasies that backfired spectacularly.
* TheFogOfAges - TheFogOfAges: In the first book, Nathan Brazil is so old that he's forgotten most of his life, including his own origins; it all comes flooding back when he comes (back) to the Well World.
* GenderBender - numerous
GenderBender: Numerous.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp - later TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: Later revised as the [[CosmicRetcon universe is rebooted]]. In earlier ''Well World'' stories, communism spread to the stars and there were even people who worshipped Marx and Lenin. After the universe was rebooted, the stories which (partially) took place on modern Earth noted that things are different.
* {{Hermaphrodite}} - several {{Hermaphrodite}}: Several species, mostly aquatic, as well as variant humans.



* HurricaneOfPuns - Those hex names which aren't {{shout out}}s or nonsense words. Like "Wasdamaddah".

to:

* HurricaneOfPuns - HurricaneOfPuns: Those hex names which aren't {{shout out}}s or nonsense words. Like "Wasdamaddah".



* LaserGuidedKarma - If you make it to the Well of Souls with Nathan Brazil, better hope you were a good person.
* MagicVersusScience - In some hexes the differing laws of physics allow "magic" of various sorts, which [[DoingInTheWizard is in fact]] all just the MagicalComputer doing its thing.
* MasterComputer - for the ''entire universe''

to:

* LaserGuidedKarma - LaserGuidedKarma: If you make it to the Well of Souls with Nathan Brazil, better hope you were a good person.
* MagicVersusScience - MagicVersusScience: In some hexes the differing laws of physics allow "magic" of various sorts, which [[DoingInTheWizard is in fact]] all just the MagicalComputer doing its thing.
* MasterComputer - for MasterComputer: For the ''entire universe''universe''.



* MisterSeahorse - literally (via MixAndMatchCritters)
* MixAndMatchCritters- justified as lazy Markovians cribbing each other's work

to:

* MisterSeahorse - literally MisterSeahorse: Literally (via MixAndMatchCritters)
MixAndMatchCritters).
* MixAndMatchCritters- justified MixAndMatchCritters: Justified as lazy Markovians cribbing each other's workwork.



* NoSexAllowed- Taken to extremes by the Comworlders, most of whom are genetically or biochemically engineered to never hit puberty.
* OneGenderRace - the Czillians, a species of sentient, parthenogenic plants

to:

* NoSexAllowed- NoSexAllowed: Taken to extremes by the Comworlders, most of whom are genetically or biochemically engineered to never hit puberty.
* OneGenderRace - the OneGenderRace: The Czillians, a species of sentient, parthenogenic plants



* 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.
* RagnarokProofing - The Well World itself. Not only is it a planet sized computer that has been functioning for millions of years since its creators dissapeared. but [[spoiler:if true ragnarok is at hand you can just ctrl-alt-del the thing and reboot the entire universe]]

to:

* PowerPerversionPotential - 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.
* RagnarokProofing - RagnarokProofing: The Well World itself. Not only is it a planet sized computer that has been functioning for millions of years since its creators dissapeared. but [[spoiler:if disappeared. [[spoiler:But if true ragnarok Ragnarok is at hand you can just ctrl-alt-del the thing and reboot the entire universe]]universe.]]



* SecondLawOfGenderBending: also applies to all of the ''species'' bending, as well

to:

* SecondLawOfGenderBending: also applies to all of the ''species'' bending, as wellwell.



* SteamPunk - in certain hexes, technology is limited to steam.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens - the Markovians
* {{Tuckerization}} - Many hex names are {{shout out}}s to people Chalker knew in SF fandom and the publishing industry.

to:

* SteamPunk - in SteamPunk: In certain hexes, technology is limited to steam.
* SufficientlyAdvancedAliens - the Markovians
SufficientlyAdvancedAliens: The Markovians.
* {{Tuckerization}} - {{Tuckerization}}: Many hex names are {{shout out}}s to people Chalker knew in SF fandom and the publishing industry.



* WhatIfGodWasOneOfUs - Maybe, but also practically yes. Nathan Brazil's real origin is never stated, and several of the characters wonder about him: is he really God, the last Markovian, or a construct of the Well itself? At the end of the day, it doesn't matter because once he's in the Well Computer, he is a deity. [[spoiler: The last book reveals he is indeed the last Markovian.]]

to:

* WhatIfGodWasOneOfUs - WhatIfGodWasOneOfUs: Maybe, but also practically yes. Nathan Brazil's real origin is never stated, and several of the characters wonder about him: is he really God, the last Markovian, or a construct of the Well itself? At the end of the day, it doesn't matter because once he's in the Well Computer, he is a deity. [[spoiler: The last book reveals he is indeed the last Markovian.]]



* WhoWantsToLiveForever - Brazil, in his darker moments. [[spoiler: But what do you expect from someone who's been forced to destroy and recreate the universe at least ''five times''?]]
* WritersCannotDoMath - Look at the partial maps of the Well World and the data given in the text. Try to extrapolate the possible numbers of hexes. 1560 is ''not'' a possible result.

to:

* WhoWantsToLiveForever - WhoWantsToLiveForever: Brazil, in his darker moments. [[spoiler: But what do you expect from someone who's been forced to destroy and recreate the universe at least ''five times''?]]
* WritersCannotDoMath - WritersCannotDoMath: Look at the partial maps of the Well World and the data given in the text. Try to extrapolate the possible numbers of hexes. 1560 is ''not'' a possible result.
20th May '14 2:15:49 PM VampireBuddha
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:


Main series:
* ''Midnight at the Well of Souls'' (1977)
* ''Exiles at the Well of Souls'' (1978)
* ''Quest for the Well of Souls'' (1978)
* ''The Return of Nathan Brazil'' (1980)
* ''Twilight at the Well of Souls'' (1980)
* ''The Sea is Full of Stars'' (1999)
* ''Ghost of the Well of Souls'' (2000)

Watchers at the Well side series:
* ''Echoes of the Well of Souls'' (1993)
* ''Shadow of the Well of Souls'' (1994)
* ''Gods of the Well of Souls'' (1994)
This list shows the last 10 events of 15. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Literature.WellWorld