The Disaster Realms

   The Disaster Realms are the greatest single piece of evidence in the Federation-Apocalypse campaign that SOMEONE has been attacking – or harvesting – Core Earth for at least five hundred years, if not for many millennia.

   Normally people die, and their souls scatter across the Manifold. They wind up in various religious afterworlds, in realms from dreams, tales, literature, and other entertainments, in vaguely similar lives in more-or-less fanciful versions of their original worlds, as rulers and princes, as noble heroes, in historical scenarios, in realms of magic, and in a myriad other places and roles. They DON’T normally wind up all in the same place. It can happen – and has once or twice – but they pretty much have to have extraordinarily identical lives, homes, dreams, and entertainments, and they have to die in almost the same way and at pretty much the same time.

   In the Disaster Realms, something has changed that process. It looks like something or someone selects an existing realm – usually a tolerably comfortable one (picking one that your prisoners will fight to escape is making unnecessary work for yourself) – that is either already difficult to get out of (tending to force reincarnation within it when you die and difficult to move in and out of while you’re still alive) or can be made so, and then shunts a massive infusion of freshly-deceased souls from Core into it.

   Those souls are harvested from major Disasters – situations where very large numbers of people die unexpectedly, in a relatively short time, in roughly similar fashions, and in a limited area. There seems to be an exception for really large-scale plagues – apparently the very similar deaths and fears tend to make up for the expanded area – but notably not from among the usual day-to-day deaths. There have been suggestions that the individuals responsible have been manipulating events to cause disasters; this may indicate that, to harvest souls on such a scale, you need to have something to do with causing their original deaths (or at least in making the situation worse) – or it may not. There’s not enough evidence to say yet.

   Here we have a list of the major – known – historical Disasters, and just which realm they seem to have been used to populate. It is, as yet, unknown as to whether or not souls are harvested from every disaster, or just from a few, or whether or not souls from the really large-scale plagues are all sent to the same realm.

 

Location

Date

1000’s

Cause of Death

Disaster Realm

Syria

1138

230+

Earthquake

 

Egypt

1201

1100+

Earthquake

The River Realms

Netherlands

1228

100+

Flooding

 

China

1290

100+

Earthquake

Chin

Europe

1347

25,000+

Black Death

The Kali Yuga

North America

1500’s

2000+

European Plagues

Dreaming Thunder

China

1556

830+

Earthquake

Chin

China

1642

300+

Flooding

The Warring States

England

1665

100+

Black Death

Logres

Japan

1730

137+

Earthquake

 

India

1737

300+

Typhoon

The New World

Portugal

1755

100+

Earthquake/Tidal Wave

Rithhan

North America

1775

130+

Smallpox

 

Iran

1780

200+

Earthquake

 

West

1870

500+

Smallpox

Parie Fantastique’

China

1887

900+

Flood

The Shao-Lin Temple

Italy

1908

123+

Earthquake

 

World

1918

75,000+

Influenza

 

China

1920

200+

Earthquake

 

Japan

1923

180+

Earthquake

Kensho

China

1927

200+

Earthquake

Elder Egypt

China

1931

2000+

Flood

The Mandate of Heaven

China

1933

140+

Flood

 

China

1939

200+

Flood

 

USSR

1948

110+

Earthquake

 

Bangladesh

1970

500+

Cyclone and Floods

Baelaria

Vietnam

1971

100+

Flood

 

China

1976

655+

Earthquake

 

Armenia

1988

100+

Earthquake

 

Bangladesh

1991

139+

Flooding

 

Worldwide

2024

Millions

AIDs Epidemic

Singular

Worldwide

2029

Millions

Hemorrhagic Fever

 

Arcologies

2074

46,000+

Kochinde Massacre

The Linear Realms

Luna

2085

3200

Ardanus Blowout

The Far Colonies*

Asteroid Belt

2143

850

Koleschi Collision

 

Africa

2327

240

Supervolcanic Eruption

Imperium

Colonial

2362

134

Lungfroth Epidemic

 

Colonial

2482

111

Silicon Plague

 
 

???

???

Meme Plagues

 

   Further information on the listed worlds (except for the Far Colonies) can be found with a quick search of the blog. Other Disaster Realms will be added as they appear in the campaign.

   The Linear Realms – and possibly The Far Colonies – are believed to be an exception to the deliberate creation of the Disaster Realms. Both featured a remarkably standardized and regimented environment and extremely sudden simultaneous death – with many dying without even being aware of it.

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