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Evolutionary Chronicle - World Map

What is Evolutionary Chronicle?

With the lackluster ending of Bionicle's second generation, many fans have come up with their own ideas for how a third generation is ought to be made. Evolutionary Chronicle is mine. Since I'm obviously not working for Lego and thus not creating a world whose purpose is to sell toys, I'm not obligated to make the world suitable for children. This grants me the freedom to focus on worldbuilding and plot that can be used as a basis to tell a story fit for a mature audience- as most of the first generation's fans, like myself, are now adults.

The universe of Evolutionary Chronicle is a thought experiment with a very simple premise: Rather than a world populated by robots, where every living being was designed by one creator or another to fill a designated role, it is a world where life evolved naturally. A chaotic world. Our world. Because the guiding principle is evolution instead of intelligent design, most living things will be purely organic, although a few species will retain some of their biomechanical elements from previous Bionicle generations.

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In the late 22nd century, Man's continued indifference for the fate of his planet has allowed for a global famine to take place over the course of several decades, and the world's nations went to war over Earth's depleting resources. A few small groups of humans have foreseen disaster; some began establishing small, sustainable colonies aboard space stations in a safe distance between Earth and Mars; others have receded into deep underground vaults; while the rest of their species slaughtered each other, first with bombs, then with nuclear weapons. The destruction brought about by the world's nuclear arsenal had wiped out most terrestrial life which wasn't already destroyed by the famine. The Cenozoic Era has ended, and with it the Age of Man.

Our story begins 65 million years later.

The world has changed. The nuclear isotopes which once poisoned the planet's atmosphere, soil and water have degraded long ago. The ozone layer recovered. Of Man's great cities, monuments and cultural legacies, all that's left now are a few artifacts and bones, buried deep underground.

The planet itself continued to evolve. Africa moved north into Eurasia, closing the Mediterranean Sea and raising enormous mountain ranges, creating a large rainshadow desert that connects with the Gobi and the Sahara. This new landmass, Mata Nui, is now the largest continent on Earth. Australia began its consumption of the Philippines, becoming the continent of Okoto. The Americas have separated; North America drifted northwest as the Mojave desert spread, creating the continent of Bara Magna, while South America moved on east, becoming Bota Magna. Finally, Antarctica moved north, losing a significant portion of its ice coverage and replacing it with taigas and rainforests, becoming the continent of Voya Nui. Madagascar has seen little change in geography, becoming the island of Visorak.

With the mass extinction of Cenozoic life, the two once dominant groups, mammals among the animals and angiosperms among the plants, have seen a tremendous decline. Neither group became extinct, but very few clades in each remained. In the absence of angiosperms and especially grasses, older, sturdier plant groups have quickly risen to claim the vacated niches; ferns, cycads, horsetails and lycopsids became dominant once again, as they have in the time before grass. The prominence of these groups over the Earth's flora brought about a rise in atmospheric oxygen levels, effectively creating a second Carboniferous period: Most of the planet's landmass was covered in rainforests and coal swamps, coniferous forests thrived in the polar regions and the high altitudes of the mountains, while the majority of remaining angiosperms were relegated to the deserts and scrublands of the planet's more barren regions.

This new atmosphere allowed both plant and animal life to grow much larger than they have during the Cenozoic. Massive trees, some as tall as skyscrapers and as wide as a city block, have appeared in the jungles. Arthropods have rapidly increased in size and diversity, recreating and even surpassing their Paleozoic glory days. Reptiles, birds and amphibians were also on the rise; while mammals stagnated, occupying very few niches, most of them small or relegated to extreme conditions.

The few humans who survived the great war have also changed; those of them who fled to space have gradually become more dependent on their technology as they moved on to permanently inhabit space- and even colonize the stars. To withstand hard vacuum and hostile alien atmospheres, they gradually integrated technology into their very own anatomy. Over 65 million years, these space colonists have taken different evolutionary paths from the colonies they established in different places: those of them who lived aboard space stations decreased in size to save resources, becoming Matoran; those who colonized Mars have developed a rigid caste system, becoming Steltians; those who inhabited the dark side of the moon became Kestora; and those who remained underground on Earth, only returning to the surface in recent millennia in Bara Magna and spreading to Bota Magna and Okoto, became Agori.

Year zero. The great space station of Metru Nui appears prosperous on the outside, but is rotten inside. Voriki rules the city with an iron fist. Believing Earth to be a hostile place as most space-farers have since the war, he sends there the leaders of the resistance -Vakama, Nokama, Matau, Nuju, Onewa and Whenua- to make an example. But as the six outcasts crash land on the forbidden world, what they discover will change everything- forever.
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Battledroidunit047 Featured By Owner 6 days ago
This should be interesting. But considering how recent this entry is, and how I lack the patience for much things, AND the fact that my interests tend to shift rather frequently, I may end up just forgetting about this until I next pass upon content related to this. All the same, I think you got something good coming up.
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