Level 999 - "The Stagnant Island"
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SURVIVAL DIFFICULTY:

Class Deadzone

  • Unchanging landscape
  • Lifeless terrene
  • Empty.



Level 999 is nothing.

Description

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The void of Level 999, as seen from its sandy coast.

Level 999 is a floating, tropical island that rests deep within a starry, space-like void. The entire scape is coated in a desaturating aura, which causes all matter in the level to lose its hue and display a greyscale effect. This effect, which dissipates upon leaving the level, is believed to carry a bleaching effect onto items or people that inhabit Level 999 for extended periods of time due to the fact that the sand, dirt, trees, water, and artificially constructed materials found naturally within the level do not revert to any expected colour if taken out.

The island's geography vaguely matches ones of a tropical, exotic nature. Similar to what one may expect to see within a humid and lush location within the Caribbean, or the Fiji islands. However, the sweltering and hot natures of such climates is not a factor that applies to Level 999, as the island sits at somewhat cold, yet not freezing, temperatures around the 13 degree celsius range.1

Beach edges are adorned in smoke grey, finescale sands that drift outwards and subequently hold in the void once they surpass the perimeter of the island itself. The sand particles are accompanied occasionally by rocks that are trapped in the void in the same manner, floating in weightless, motionless silence outside of the reach of others.

Occasionally, the sands are disturbed by the presence of both grey palm trees, and much darker hued rocks that jut out of the ground. These rocks are smaller components of the much larger underside of Level 999, which is that of a large and irregularly shaped pyramid of gray rocks that are similar in aesthetic to a rough, rocky upturned mountain. This, in turn, makes the rocks on 999's beaches impossible to move, as they are just one small part of the levels much larger and unseen underside.


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Deep inside the forests of Level 999..

Venturing deeper from the occasional palm trees, grey coasts, and floating rocks brings individuals further within the main, thickly forested area of Level 999. Trees are plentiful within these forests, yet are never hard to weave or manouvre between due to an almost completely flat physical geography. Level 999's island possesses no extreme hills, nor does it contain any depressions that could be considered valleys. Level 999 is hopelessly flat, and all of its scape can be seen from virtually one spot should one be deep enough in the woods to look.

At the threshhold between the perimeter sands and the deeper forests, the ground shifts from finescale sands to become coarse, still dirt. The soil holds holds still and stationary grass that is barred from moving in the wind, barely even succumbing to the movement of creatures. Grass does not appear to grow on this rough soil, a phenomenon caused the lack of nutrients embedded into the soil. Creating harsh, brutal conditions that only the oldest of these trees can survive in.

Level 999's trees, despite the constant sounds of unnerving, ethereal wind, do not move or sway, and instead they tower above in an attempt to touch the stars above them. Their rather dense nature oftentimes blots out the view of the stars, but the constant semi-illuminant aura that coats the entire scape forbids this blockage of the celestial's above from affecting the level's brightness.


Just like the stationary death the rest of the level is sealed in, the trees are unable to alter any of this environments qualities.









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Structures







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Another one of Level 999's unchanging houses.

Deeper in and towards the islands epicentre, mass of concrete, glass, wood and stone lay in occasional spots, resting in the ground in silence. These formations made by creatures slumber in the ground, surrounded by the same trees that pocket the rest of this scape. These homes, though appearing to have rotted in their state of dormancy, are in the same condition as they ever have been, and ever will be.


These homes are but a sparse addition to the rest of the landscape, and have no paths nor other indicative clues to connect these dormant, still monuments to one another. Finding them is a commodity, though they are as indifferent to the natural elements of the islands. Everlastingly sitting and settling into the dirt, like an abandoned object left within moss, forgotten by all but the thing that overtook it.

These buildings host dark and dank insides, laced with emotions of longing and isolation in their barely decorated, rectangular spaces. The beds are be empty, the blinds are closed, the furniture is always sparse, which is a condition they always have been in, and always will always remain in.


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More..

Even when nearing the centre of the island, passing by its rocks, its sand, its dirt, its trees, and even through the artificial features, the constant of Level 999 remains the same as it ever has. You are no different to the landscape that surrounds you, you are as unchanging as the ground below you, the trees in front of you, and the stars above you. It's beauty and difference only lies within the eyes of creatures that perceive it, though this perception does not make the differences true. Amidst change, when other levels form and pass, when lives pass by in the blink of a moment, when memories come, stay, and eventually fade, Level 999 stands as it ever has, with not a single leaf nor stone unchanged as lives pass, and experiences die.


Even as the world ends around us, 999 sits as it always has, not a single stone upturned.

It is the ultimate constant.

Sat in its own void.


Entrances And Exits

Echoing cells are the only transport to Level 999, appearing in one constant position that takes individuals days to arrive. The location of the door to enter with does not change,







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The Stagnant Island







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