The Dark Fortress Universe is a dark Gothic Medieval Steam Punk fantasy universe.
It contains elements of medieval game-play paired with sci-fi. Think of it as what would happen if you combined Assassins Creed, The world of Titan, Stargate, Battlestar Galactica, and Dungeons and Dragons. It comprises as a whole, of several unique planets, loosely linked together with a derelict network of stargates and abandoned space ships.
How we pull this off is the following premise - What would happen if we constructed a universe where, advanced civilizations exist, or have risen and fallen in the past, and combined this with less advanced, primitive or even magical civilizations, and these two worlds collided?
An example that was never used in an aborted promo video was a space ship merged with a sailing ship.
Just to confuse matters there are a number of unknowns.. such as Who built the darkstars and why? What happened to the ancients that built the dark fortress and the star gates? Why did they build them? Who were they trying to protect them self from... or are they even the victims -- were they the predators? Was it an insurrection?
What tore up the world so much? Where have they all gone? Why can we only ever find crashed or abandoned examples of their ingenuity?
Are all the sides involved civilizations that have only just entered the technology age... or are they fallen civilizations that have only just started to recover... or worse still.. are they a new civilization that stumbled on the remains of a civilization so great that they can not even imagine what could have befallen them...
... and what if that same fate was planned for them.
Well you get the idea.
Basically we have several characters here. Normal players. Citizens of the world Paladins Assassins The Ancients The pig-zombie technicians who worked for them The unknown threat The Necromancers the Technomancers Various land holders and empires.
WTF is a Darkstar? There was a long time ago a short story written, and I think a movie made about a ship that (much like the Transformers plot, which i believe rip off this story) involves a deep space ship that went around looking for unstable solar systems, to which it would either destroy the planet or sun, with the aim of mining it I believe.
In other words, a Darkstar is a space ship capable of taking apart an entire planet or Star.... now what would happen if one of.. (or an entire fleet of) these got into the wrong hands...
What is the DarkFortress A large heavy fortified fortress, located on an island a long way into the main world. It was discovered by early explorers settling this world, and can be located by traveling via the nether along the derelict railway, or by locating stargates that can access it.
It is generally thought by the "science" teams to be where Darkstars refuel or get refitted for various missions. Also where the ore was probably meant to be processed from the Darkstar Mining operations. Or at least it was until it was apparently abandoned. Given the Medium and Smaller darkstars or the "Mini Stars" only seem capable of drilling to bedrock, or general demolition, it is suspected the Darkfortress itself may be another class of Darkstar. A fjking big one. Some researchers speculate that even if the entire planet exploded the darkstar is sufficiently fortified that it could survive largely intact.
The region is generally considered to be under the control of the Paladins; and is suspected to be where they hide their fleet of space crafts.
What are paladins? A military force, of a generally moralistic clerics. Not much is known about their ranks, other than Viceroy appears to be in charge, and members include the mad wizard and pig_assasin. As is generally the case they can go too far in the name of Ideology. They mainly operate out of the Allansia continent region, and from Dark Fortress Island. As such they mainly occupy the homeworld. Except for the fact they are in control of the Dark fortress Facility, which gives them access to unknown resources.. they would probably have only been a minority. It is suspected they are in possession of a working stargate; and know the whereabouts of a number of relics from the old war between the Ancients and the Unknown Ones.
What is the Brotherhood? The brotherhood is another powerful faction on the server, of Assassins, think Assassins creed fast forward 300 years; so they have a bit of a Halo Flavor to them. They are currently headed up by Warpig. They mainly occupy an area which by treaty is considered their sovereign homeland on the homeworld. They also conduct regular scouting missions to other planets, control the main space port in end space, and have claimed an entire planet of their own; after their scouts discovered a stargate and a number of crashed star ships.
Who else are there? There are two break away factions of Assassins, little is known about them, one group was lead by Chadinha, another is almost completely unknown. This group occupy the region known as Derp City, a massive sprawling metropolis of various disconnected communities. The other group maintains a number of small remote strongholds, and are very rarely heard from.
There is also the Citizens of Darkfortress, headed by the King at the Citadel, and enforced by Knights and Soldiers. They are like the UN, and seek to keep the other factions from open war. They are also suspected to own a stargate, after his miners made a discovery while building the basement of the citadel.
There is also Overlord Grimnir, he occupies a small island on the homeworld, and maintains a fixed stargate to planet grimgate which is completely under his control. Other than intercepted reports from researchers he has hired in the past; little is known about him; or where the source of his power lies.
The Necromancers could be a small faction of Dark Mages plotting to destroy the world? It seems like the sort of being for a Necromancer, with dark magic and all, summoning the dead etc. I think it would be a cool sort of thing, the Assassins and Paladins could sign a Treaty so they can unite and help save the world from the Necromancers? I dunno, just some ideas.
Another idea for the Necromancers that I just thought of; They could be old members of some of the other Factions, but got shunned and turned evil to plot revenge? I have no idea where these thoughts are coming from.. I think i'm reading too many fantasy books :/
not going to spoil to much of the mini movie were makeing, but the technomancers are a group since earlie years. they invented the darkstars to wreak havoc around dark fortress there efforts were over come by the sages *rank idea right there* those several sages split into two groups one fighting to restore peace the Assassins and the other to take rule over dark fortress The Paladins. whilst these two groups wage there war the technomancers reunite and come back into it.
this kiddies is what happens when you run out of internet and spend the whole weekend playing all 5 assassins creed games from start to finish back to back