is a Mega Crossover d20 Modern Table Top RPG
/ Fan Fic
setting started by marcoasalazarm, with the involvement of various other artists on the Wizards of the Coast
forums, with fan fiction and fan art available on Website/DeviantArt
The Opening Narration
''It has been ten years since the end of the world as we knew it. A world-wide Internet infection by an unusual type of virus (called CLULESS) was the trigger. Reality was torn to bits, never to come back fully to normal.
90% of mankind vanished without a trace for 23 hours. The things we believed to be Fictional appeared in their stead. The battles that followed devastated the world.
And once the 23 hours ended, mankind came back, adapted to this new world, willing to embrace the Fictions with open arms... something that many of those who survived the "23 Hours of Madness" are not willing to accept, nor take lying down.
This is an Era of Badass. The Tropes mold your destiny. Out in the open and within the shadows, it is the Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny-Good versus Evil, Real versus Fiction, Canon versus Non-Canon, Rationality versus the Rule Of Cool, the final victor still undetermined.
No place is "safe", only "safer". And outside of it, there is a Multiverse and one timeline-the CORE
, "Coreline", "C-Line" or "The Line" for short-slowly going crazier.
We bid you welcome. Leave your sanity at the door. And for what's worth, enjoy your stay.''
(This Tropes page is still under construction. Please add Tropes as you see them. Any support is appreciated).
This setting provides examples of:
- Adaptational Badass: A potential destiny to any Fiction that arrives to the setting.
- All There in the Manual: Lots of setting info is available on the Forums and on the DeviantArt galleries.
- Balkanize Me: Various places on Earth have divided into chunks great and small (such as Britannia conquering part of Siberia, Los Angeles becoming a Mega City (and mini-nation), Orlando becoming a kingdom ruled by King Mickey Mouse, a chunk of Texas being ruled by Angry Joe, and Germany dividing again into East (which is still relatively normal) and West (which has been taken over by, and renamed into, “Neo-Amestris”.)
- Brainwashed and Crazy: What a lot of Pre-Vanishing Humans believe had to be done to those who disappeared, if they can shrug off as much of the crazy as they are able to.
- Caught Up in the Rapture: What technically happened to 90% of mankind. Emphasis on technically, because the CLULESS Virus just took people away without caring about such things like whether they were righteous or evil or their actual religion. There is no evidence of them having been sent to "different" places during their Vanishing, either.
- Cosy Catastrophe: For those who Vanished during the 23 Hours. For those who stayed behind, though…
- Crossover Index: All Tropes present and accounted for, Played for Laughs and for Drama. Doppelgänger Crossover is one that gets a pretty large amount of mileage.
- Deadly Decadent Court: Very strong examples in Neo-Britannia (Siberia), Italy (with Harkonnen-ruled Venice), Neo-Amestris (with Fuhrer Bradley’s constant scheming to enhance his country) and New Zealand (with the brutal clash of the Middle Earth and Westeros Royal Houses, assisted with automatic weapons and other means (subtle and blatant) of offing people. Wizarding Britain is not exempt, either.
- Earth Is a Battlefield.
- Earth Is The Center Of The Multiverse.
- Eldritch Location: Various places, such as the entire state of Maine (the closest you get to Derry, the worse it gets), and about about a third of the towns called "Springfield".
- The End Of The World As We Knew It: The 23 Hours Of Madness (or “The Vanishing”). Note the past tense-many Pre-Vanishing Humans use it.
- Expendable Alternate Universe: Zig Zagged Trope. While it's obvious that many people believe this (and there's even a terrorist faction (the "Knights Of The True Timeline") that takes it to its In-Universe logical extreme, exterminating Alternates of Fictional people willy-nilly for the "crime" of deviating from series canon on even the smallest iota and even up to existing), there are a great many who come from those Alternate Universes that scream that (Dimensional) Clones Are People Too.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: In-Universe, because it got smashed to hell and gone and let the threats from beyond the screen roam the Earth.
- Genre Savvy: An important survival skill. Whether a character lives or dies for it is up the individual author / GM.
- Heroes "R" Us: Various examples exist, from government agencies (such as S.H.I.E.L.D.), to the more benevolent of Mega-Corporations (like Stingray Industries, Diggers Technologies, Stark Industries and Wayne Industries), to non-profit organisations with plenty of power (like "The Foundation", the result of FLAG and The Phoenix Foundation pooling resources) to superhero teams (like the Avengers Infinity and the Justice League Unlimited).
- Hit So Hard the Calendar Felt It: The setting divides its calendar in Pre-Vanishing and Post-Vanishing years.
- Mega Crossover: Exactly.
- Merged Reality: One third of what CLULESS did.
- Other Me Annoys Me: A potential hazard of two Alternates of a person meeting. An example of this being Played for Drama appears on OrionPax09's story "Legends Of The Fourth Of July", where an Alternate of Mari Illustrious Makinami that has the powers of Captain America is so constantly put down by people who cannot see past the prejudice of her being another Mari that they 1) almost allowed the Big Bad of the story to destroy Chicago and 2) have driven her past the Despair Event Horizon.
- Pirate Ninja Zombie Robot: A quite high possibility of happening, considering all of the available options.
- Rage Against the Author: Some Fictions that have arrived didn't take well to the fact that their lives were… well, fictional… on another universe. Some of them have developed a case of this so bad (as in "devolving into an extra of 28 Days Later when close to the author" bad) that there is a term for this: "Authored Rage".
- Reality Bleed: Another third of what the CLULESS Virus did.
- Reality Is Out to Lunch: The other third of what the CLULESS Virus did, on top of the multiversal collision (and the Pre-Vanishing survivors were hit with the harshness of it the hardest). It never fully came back from it, either.
- Shout-Out: Multiple:
- Super Fic: Various of the Fan Fics and sample characters made for the setting so far use this. And they're awesome.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: There are many, many ways to fulfill this Trope. One Mega Corp. (Diggers Technologies) even goes as far as to make it an unwritten product standard (what do you expect when Brianna Diggers is one of the company heads? They sell BOLO rip-offs, (relatively) dirt cheap!).
- TV Tropes Will Ruin Your Life: Inverted. Good Trope knowledge may very much save your life, depending on the circumstances. In-Universe, TV Tropes has become as important as The Bible and The Other Wiki.
- Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny: This is the setting in a nutshell-it’s even on the Opening Narration.
- We Will Use WikiWords In The Future: And Trope names.
- The Windy City: American headquarters to various Mega-Corporations, land of soul and blues, home of Al Capone (and "Gentleman" Marcone), and background location to various fluff fan fics.
- World of Badass: You either develop some amount of badassery (specifics don’t matter) or (depending where you live) you’re either a bystander in danger or you’re as good as dead.