Name of World/Setting: Temple
Temple is a world within a world. It is hunted down and discovered by a slightly unhinged physicist proficient in string theory. According to string theory and the theory of multiverses, of which there are approximately 3 kinds, the physicist found irrefutable evidence in type #2 – multiverses known as “membranes”, which exist alongside of the known universe (our own). In effect, these membranes are 3-D surfaces embedded within a larger super-universe that is comprised of 9 spatial dimensions. Earth is one of these dimensions, and the physicist found another; the membrane of a place he named “Temple”.
Temple therefore exists alongside the known world, though the people within it do not know the world beyond their own. Temple is all they have ever known, and all they have ever been told to believe in.
In geographical terms, this membrane exists in a pocket of forest somewhere in the North Georgia Mountains, a fact which the physicist keeps to himself.
The time period takes place within our own, as Temple exists alongside our own world. However, time passes differently here. 100 hundred years in Temple is a mere 10 years in the adjoining world. Temple has been around for roughly 320 years, which in our world would be a simple 32 years. The society and people of Temple are primitive, with few unique and innovative technological achievements. They live simple, rustic lives according to the bylaws set in place by the physicist, who also happens to be their leader.
Dominant Players and Society:
The society of Temple is primitive, though semi-utopian in nature. It is kept in place by the semi-utopian ideals enforced by the physicist, who is also the leader. His people/followers are known as Templars. While old-world prejudices are nonexistent, and everyone is considered to be equals in terms of race, faith, and belief, there is no room for insubordination of any kind. The Templars are expected to live by the creed; “Morality, honesty, faith”. These are the keys to their society, and the key beliefs of their cult leader. Control is also spread through biblical ideals and beliefs, to a somewhat extremist extent – there is thus truly no room for the individual, but rather the focus is placed on society as a whole. The nature of these controls and the creed were developed through the physicist/cult leader’s own beliefs in a better world – one which he believes is superior to the known world.
The Templars have been around for at least 3 human generations, with an average life span of 105 years. The cult leader himself has outlasted them all, retaining his youth, though no one questions how this is possible. Their allegiance flows directly towards him, as he is their God. What he says is law, what he believes in is the only belief that exists, what he enforces is always just and true. Insubordination and doubt are punished – not simply by the cult leader himself, but by his loyal followers. His expectations, and thus the expectations of the Templars, must be fulfilled … or else.
As a primitive society, the Templars live fairly simple lives. They are surrounded by fields, valleys, and plains in an isolated grove. Their lives are thus rural in nature. They grow their own food, make their own clothing, build their own homes and relics, create their own medicines, and take care of their own animals. However, they are aided by “real-world” tools brought to Temple by their cult leader (though they are not aware of this). For instance, doctors use advanced medical technology to expand the life spans of all. Their animals receive the best care and feed, engineered by their farmers, following recipes of their “real-world” counterparts. Building tools are made from copies of those from the “real-world”. Plumbing is utilized the normal way, and weapons are readily made and available. Cars (though run-down, old models) exist, and are used by guards and militia men. Electricity lights the town, though sparingly. Computers are available through the school, though they are used for simple things, such as writing and reading. All of this knowledge to create these tools comes from the cult leader’s collection of books. His personal library holds the knowledge of the world that is unavailable to his people, though it is heavily edited to aid him in his control.
The whole point of Temple’s existence is the eradication of strife and conflict. Harmony is the expected result of the creed and the controls put in place by the cult leader. It is a stringent, harsh control, made for a group of people rather than the individual, but it seems to work. Conflict comes into play in the form of seemingly harmless issues: insolent behavior in children towards parental figures, having a hard time accepting a given career, bouts of drunkenness and lewd and inappropriate behavior, the refusal of choosing a mate, etc. These incidents are all treated and dealt with immediately – punishment is doled out for any insubordination, until the insubordination itself is eradicated. There are few cases in which it lingers. The stories of the broken, however, are myths.
As in any society, however, things do go wrong. Leaders often abuse their control. This particular leader, after years of control and praise, is used to getting his way. His power and ambition is boundless, even downright unjust. But because of his position and the pedestal he is placed upon, it is unquestioned. At least, until she comes into town …
The History of the Templars, as told through a Timeline of Events:
Year One, Moon 5:
Shiloh and a group of 50 travelers emerge into the great forest. A town is quickly established and set up.
Year Two, Moon 7:
The Creed is mounted for all to see upon The Tower, and is firmly and promptly followed. Population expands to 75 inhabitants. The Chapel is also established.
Year 20, Moon 3:
The Barriers are erected within the town; guards are posted at every gate. Protection becomes priority following perceived animal attack.
Year 25, Moon 1:
The Great Famine kills 250 inhabitants.
Year 76, Moon 9:
Population reaches an all-time high: 1,055 inhabitants.
Year 105, Moon 4:
The Great Fire burns through most of the homes built in the Familial sections. Many children are lost.
Year 140, Moon 6:
17 people are hung in town square for failure to adhere to Creed. First public executions.
Year 156, Moon 5:
The rivers dry up; 300 perish.
Year 183, Moon 4:
Shiloh introduces 4 new wives. 4 heirs are brought into the world.
Year 194, Moon 7:
Explosion in town center goes off; all heirs are lost. National mourning. Traitors never found. New edicts put into place.
Year 200, Moon 5:
Bicentennial celebration; new all-time population high: 3,067 inhabitants.
Year 236, Moon 10:
The Monsoon floods all. The Great Re-building takes place.
Year 275, Moon 12:
Holy celebration interrupted by gunfire and wild antics; 35 insubordinates publicly executed.
Year 293, Moon 10:
The Great Pestilence strikes. 1, 023 perish.
Year 302, Moon 8:
Record high number of children, ages 5 to 18: 402. Public spankings increase.
Year 305, Moon 11:
Homes are raided. Traitors hung and quartered.
Year 307, Moon 12:
New heir reveled during holy celebration.
Year 313, Moon 4:
Chapel Marriage ceremonies bombarded. Traitors hung and quartered.
Year 315, Moon 5:
The Great Escape.
Hugo is content with life. He has been given his choice of career, a first for a Templar boy of his age, and has always excelled in all aspects of societal life. Hugo expects to find the same level of success in participating in his first hand-fasting ceremony as his father and grandfather had before him. But Hugo, unlike his predecessors, has one flaw: his mortal enemy, Jeremiah, the heir to the Templar order, has eyes for the one thing Hugo has always been denied – Camilla. In gaining Camilla, Hugo participates in his first act of insubordination, and gets a taste of more than what he bargained for. This act sets the stage for the rest of his life; Templar or no Templar; this is one sensation that never kicks the bucket. The results of their joint insubordination are quite literally out of this world.
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