Monolith Battleplates

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Monolith Battleplates
Molith.png A Plate region after the Collapse
Plate World Realm
Position
Legitimitium MultiVerse
Periods of Interest
Old Alliance Era
Star War Era
Collapse Era
Population
Unknown
Resources
All manner of ABS, Artifakts and Crystals
Controller
Forces Unknown
Perpetually Contested by minifig factions
Inhabitants
Minifigs, Beastfigs, Demons, Mutants, Paranormal Entities
Key Locations
Omega, Zeta, Khrabrost, Anwar
While not directley related to the lore of this subject. Attached is a link to the Battleplate Modifiers & Index for specific information on Brikwars games hosted in this setting by Kastrenzo


The Monolith Battleplates, also referred to as the Monolyth Realm is a large Plate Grouping that was born from a Resonance cascade during the Ragnablok event. In the Galaxia Nehellenium region known as the Gold Sector had experienced perpetual brutal war at a far higher scale than was normal for the already chaotic Galaxy. Meanwhile, mad scientists had been secretley tampering with the very fabric of reality, and unknowingly ripped a tear in the Multiverse that created a large crystaline entity that would later come to be known as the Monolith. As it attempted to escape to what became the Baseplate Dimension, The Monolith destroyed most of the sector reemerged in the Baseplate Dimension, Poisoning a large portion of it, turning them into what is known as the Monolyth Battleplates

The Monolith Plates were notable for the highly advanced and mysterious Lazarus Gate Network, a Magik-Teknological system that provided both teleportation and functional Immortality up until R.2020 when it more or less crashed beyond repair.


Origin

In the waning days of R2018, when the events of the Ragnablok began to unfold. A massive Resonance cascade Caused by a magikal crystal, wiped out the Gold Sector. Erasing it from the the Galaxia Nehellenium, the occurance puzzled minifigs of the galaxy for months, but were too busy with their own battles to care for too long. Eventually it was realized that a new world in an alternate dimension had been created. This new dimension became known as the Monolith Realm, a realm full of seperate baseplates linked together by portals and seperated by void space.

Timeline of Events

By the time of Ragnablok, the Monolith realm had already existed for eons, Time moves much faster within the realm. Much recorded history of the realm had been forgotten by the time of R2019.

What events and eras that have been recorded, have been divided into Four periods

The fall of the Old Alliance

Q1, R2019

An old faction today usually just called the "Old Alliance" was a unified collaboration of numerous cities and settlements that was directley controlled by the Anwar administration. Over the eras the Alliance began to fall apart from corruption as well as the machinations of other powers. Members would defect to groups like the Monolith Imperiya and the Builders of the Bratva. Eventually after multiple bloody wars with violent groups like the Black Legion and Vorhut Order, the Alliance disbanded and many of it's members retired. The rest would either join the Various police units in the Alpha plates, the Anwar Defense Unit, or they joined another faction

The spark of the "Star War" marked the end of the Alliance's ability to maintain peace in the realm, and therefore, it lose all legitimacy and relevance. The vast majority of them defected to other locations. Today the MSA is nothing but a minor power with no widespread authority or recognition. They Operate in a very small number of enclaves across the Alpha regions

Bratva-Imperiya war

Q2, R2019

Also known as the "Star War", given the insignias of the two principle belligerents were some kind of Star.

Immediately following the disintegration of the Old Alliance, The two largest breakaway factions began fighting each other across much of the eastern realm. The Imperiya and Bratva ruined a number of towns and cities in their brutal fighting. The smaller Bratva inflicted some humiliating defeats against the Imperiya, but at tremendous cost. Towards the end of the bulk of fighting, The Imperiya captured and imprisoned the leader of the Bratva, Lenskiy. Leaving his brother to take control and lead the faction. Shortly afterwards, the majority of fighting stopped as the two sides had more or less reached a stalemate.

Bratva was smaller and couldn't stand up to the numerical advantage of the Imperiya for much longer, however the Imperiya had become embroiled in multiple fights with other groups as time went on. Svoboda, The First Echelon and the Black Legion would all start poking at their sides.

Anwar Incident

The last major conflict of the period was actually between the Bratva and Black Legion. Coming to a head at the battle of Basil which started over the discovery of an artifakt. The two empires, both clad in black armor and driving black tanks would come to blows. The Bratva defeated both the Legion and the overzealous Vorhut who had started attacking everyone in the region. Securing the region for themselves, but it was not to last. Petty violence between neighbors in Basil escalated into a melee between dozens of different groups. When the Imperiya carpet bombed the plate, pissing off everyone. They convened an emergency meeting of the minds in Anwar, the closest thing the Realm had to a neutral ground. But it was ambushed and destroyed by the Black Legion. Who immediately following it's destruction, Obliterated the entire Basil plate, salty that they had earlier lost a battle there. The last remnants of Anwar Council attempted to stop the Legion, but were wiped out and their leaders killed

The Legion then focused on Bratva, First coaxing a number of unaffiliated mercenaries to attack the Bratva training base in Isere, severley damaging it but failing to capture any of its objectives. They later attacked the base en masse with their own forces, led by Kain a Black Legion General, who had come with the intent of eliminating Vaclav. For their repeated acts of terrorism and barbarism, The Legion had convinced the leaders of Bratva, the Armata Alliance, Krieger Clan and the Cordova Coalition to form a bulwark against them. Most of the allies would participate in the coming battle

The battle would be interrupted however, as by the time the Legion had prepared to attack. The Lazarus Gates began to lag... and all bets were off

The Lag

Q4, R2019

Sometime last Thursday, the Lazarus network began to malfunction when it showed signs of delays in reincarnating dead minifigs. Many of those affected would later report that they were stuck in a hellish purgatory that they were unable to escape. Not knowing if they were in there for hours, days or years. And when they did return they felt terrified of dying again in fear of getting stuck there again.

It was suspected, but never confirmed that the lag was brought about by an assassination attempt on an important figure within the Monolith Imperiya

The lag lasted For about a month... And then things got much worse.

The Collapse

R2020-Present

About a month after the reports of the Gate network lagging, and Minifigs having their seemingly immortal lives disrupted and turned on their heads. One day the gates all went dark. They came back online about an hour later.. And Minifigs went about their lives.. Using them to teleport to other hub zones without a care in the world.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Brikverse.. An unknown energy wave hit the dimension with great force. Something significant had happened in the Cosmos. And Suddenley, the system wasn't just lagging... It wasn't working at all. The living were able to still use the system to teleport. But it was no longer producing fresh bodies for the wandering spirits... They were stuck in Purgatory. Mass panic set in while local governments and military groups attempted to protect their assets. Very early on, Scientists had discovered that the Gates could be "bribed" if one was to take a piece of Amethyst Into a gate and used it to teleport somewhere, that they'd be given a singular extra life. It was theorized that the Lazarus Gates linked to some secret location where the bodies may be coming from, and that they simply weren't being transported anymore. Amethyst being the central ingredient in general teleporters was thought to usher this process along.

With their discovery, and given the mass panic, the strongest clamped down in a mad dash for resources, Amethyst was now the most valuable commodity in existence. And dozens would die over a single peice of it, to give one lucky minifig a second chance if he died. Some L-Gates were destroyed by terrorists, others fiercely defended by security forces as they represented half of the requirements to actually use the said Amethyst. The population of the plates dropped by half within two months of the crash, and the incident was by now being referred to as "The Collapse". The realm had entered a dark age.

Regions and Locales

The Monolith Plates consist of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of individual baseplates. Mapped out by the Land Barons and their Administrator overlords, the regions are divided into clusters, mainly among biome lines.



The Monolith Realm Consists of a number of biome clusters each housing a few hundred, to in some cases a few thousand plate worlds, as well as an underworld known as the "Omega Plate" which goes on in perpetuity. The Worlds are Quarreled over by endless factions of Minifigs, Beastfigs, Demons, Mutants, Supernatural entities and brainwashed agents of the Monolith itself. The forces of the realm constantly fight over territory, recruits, resources and artifakts in order to further fuel their love of combat. The most powerful artifakts allow the leaders of these factions to open portals to other realms, and magikally or teknologically inclined outsiders can also open portals to the realm and raid it for it's own resources, and even more so on the Omega Plate where resources are theoretically infinite.

Due to it's nature of being a number of plate clusters rather than a terrestrial landmass or star sector, The Realm is difficult to map in a way that is immediately understood to outsiders. Each plate cluster houses hundreds of Plate Worlds, Each Usually home to a varying number of minifigs and housing different levels of development. Each plate cluster would therefore be home to anything between hundreds to tens of thousands of minifigs, depending on the regions. Clusters have their own names, and generally most worlds in a cluster will be similar to each other in biome or features.

Warring Factions and Clans have bases of operations marked in their respective regions with a flag. Factions don't necessarily own or control entire plate clusters, they just happen to have their headquarters or another major base there. Land ownership is actually fairly uncommon. The only cluster with a lot of land ownership is the Alpha Zone, Where a Land Baron Alliance had purchased the land from the Anwar Land Office.



The Realm, with Faction and minor clan bases of operation marked, Some factions have set up multiple bases.

Notable Regions

Zone, Cluster or Sector Notes
Alpha The largest in both the number of regions, as well as the number of minifigs living there. Alpha cluster is known for having a temperate biome which is relatively calm and peaceful. Most of the Largest cities in the realm are located in the Alpha zone. The Collective Civil Defense Force, known as OSKOM polices the region. As it houses most of the economy and industrial capacity of the realm.
Tau Commonly referred to by nicknames like "The Boneyard" and "The Grinder", The Tau sector has been devastated by a perpetual war between rival factions Imperiya and Bratva, It serves as the frontline between their respective headquarters in the Gamma and Beta clusters
Lambda Lambda began to become another contested frontline between several groups when several skirmishes erupted over artifakts found in the Basil region of the Lambda Cluster. Several factions and clans have established bases here, and there is next to no stable civilization in the area. Mostly scattered trading posts and primitive villages.
Xi The Xi sector is a barren wasteland, stripped bare of resources in endless fighting by dozens or more extinct factions over the years. The regions of the Xi sector today are almost completely deserted, and home to only a few tool age clans and mutants fighting each other for the scraps that remain. The sector is a tekonological dark zone. Very few items utilizing electricity or advanced machinery still function here.
Omega Not actually shown on the map, because the Omega Sector isn't a cluster at all, it's the Monolith Underworld, a single great battleplate that expands infinitely in all directions.

Teleportation and Travel

The Monolith Battleplates consist of hundreds if not thousands of baseplates, The majority of which house little civilization or stable infrastructure. Crude personal teleporters are widespread, and can be used to transport minifigs to nearby plates however doing so is not always reliable. Baseplates will often reject too many minifigs on them at once. Forcing clans and factions to resort to other means to get minifigs on the ground, The use of fleet ships that fly through voidspace, over and past other plates like a conventional transport and teleport hubs that increase the stability of teleporters from the owned faction. Teleport hubs are so essential to controlling a plate, that during sieges they are often the primary target of both sides. Serious battles over a plate will often resort to stopping the other side from being able to reinforce the region, and the rest is down to attrition.


Scattered across the plates and found in the hundreds are special psionik portal devices called Lazarus Gates, or L-Gates. They exist as both a transportation system as well as Supernatural or magikal ressurection device. Any minifig that uses an L-Gate is added to the Psionik network, Their conscience and physical form is copied into an Archive of sorts, and reconstructs and resurrects a fallen Minifig at the gate of their choosing after some time.

Supernatural Phenomenon

Across the Monolith Regions, Individual plates from various clusters are known to exhibit supernatural or magikal phenomenon, Extreme temperatures, deadly anomalies, psionic disturbances, interruptions of space time, Weird land formations, mutants, demons and all sorts of other hazards dot the various plates across the dimension.

The Omega and Zeta plates, which themselves are both single baseplate regions, also exhibit extreme cases of anomalies. While the Zeta plate itself is of mythic status and is said to house an all powerful crystalline deity. The Omega plate exists on a plane entirely separate from the rest of the Monolith Plates. An infinite landmass of both idyllic paradise and uninhabitable brikhell


Lazarus Effect

The Monolith Realm displays a peculiar phenomenon where minifigs who die, later come back to life from strange black Portals which the populace calls "L-Gates", short for Lazarus. The gates can be passed through by Living minifigs, and used as a teleportation network. But when a minifig dies, Their spirit wanders aimlessly. If they managed to use an L-Gate at least once in their life, then their body will be "uploaded" to a psychic network of sorts. And a clone body is grown. When ready, they can inhabit their new body and emerge from an L-Gate of their choosing.

L-Gates are seen as important hubs, Factions guard the gates in their territory with all their might. As they form the crucial chain in the circle of life and death in the realm. Going so far as to claim gates for themselves, and turning them into spawn bases for factions, and killing anyone who isn't supposed to use them, or those who might try to teleport into a base to attack it from the inside.

Dark Energy
Weapons imbued with Dark Energy are able to prevent their victims from using Gates after their death, essentially killing them off permanently.

Only a complicated procedure with extremely an extremely rare and unstable element called Ultracide can hope to bring them back. And so many have been offed by dark energy weapons over the years, its often not worth the hassle.

Minifig Antics

The plates are home to hundreds of thousands of minifigs, the majority of baseplates that are inhabited, still remain uncontacted and the minifigs live shrouded in mystery. Nevertheless the norm for the explored regions is that Minifigs will compete for resources to build the best stuff. Normally they are concerned with simply building shelters and staying alive. Even though death is not the end for these minifigs, they can still feel pain. And there are worse things out there that will motivate minifigs to take care of themselves.

The lowest a minifig can fall, is to be naked, homeless and penniless. And the thought of losing one's house, their stuff, or the clothes off their back is enough to motivate minifigs to stay alive. A prevalent problem relating to this issue is the concept of slavery. Minifigs are often captured and imprisoned, and forced to do hard labor or otherwise unsavory tasks for the benefit of others.

Many equivalents of governments exist, however the area they "govern" is miniscule compared to the overall population of the plates. Nevertheless a rudimentary economy exists, backed on transparent elements and mixed with other intemediaries like paper notes, coins, and digital currencies.

The battleplates are also home to a number of important and otherwise signifigant Characters

Other Races

The majority of inhabitants of the Battleplates consist of regular Minifigs, Most are either yellow, peach or varying shades of tan or brown. They follow different religions, have different customs and speak different languages, but they are generally not as ostracized as the "other" races

Mutants A Mutant is a particularly mean term for a number of minor races of minifigs of different color or starkly different appearance. Reds, Greens, Blues, and many others find themselves surrounded by foreigners and are forced to integrate into their societies. Not all do however. Some live in exclusion and form their own factions. Civilized Mutants make up a very small percentage of the population. Many of them live in primitive savage conditions, but those folk are often indistinguishable from Beastfolk.. the two terms are often interchanged

Mutants speak both Monolyth Slavonik, and some of their own unique languages

Mutants, Much like Peaches, Follow some established relgions, as well as some of their own

Beastfigs Beastfolk are a number of races who exhibit anatomy features that are completely different than Yellows, Peaches and other colored Minifigs. Some of the notable forms of Beast Races are Canids, Gatormen, Dungans, Avians, Panthera, Trolls, Cyclops, and various hives of Bugmen. If Colored Mutants had it rough, the Beastfolk have it harder. Probably one of the least trusted and respected races. The Beast races in themselves have a totem pole of race hierarchy. Some types are tolerated or even respected in the world at large, like Canids and Avians. Whereas others are treated like Animals, and killed or enslaved en masse. like Gatormen and Dungans.

Some Beastfolk can speak languages, others must use tek to provide a voice as they're unable to actually vocalize... And some are just too dumb to do anything but grunt and scream. (See Dungans Jaw-Jaw)

Beastfolk, much like everyone else, follow some established religions, or their own niche pagan religions.


Robots Also known as Synthetics, and a number of various derogatory insults are a race of intelligent machines. Most are wholly independent and display their own sense of personality and conscious. But others are susceptible to being apart of a network and being little more than controlled Drones. Synthetics make up a fairly large population of the plates. But most resign to a life of seclusion, either completely on their own because of social stigma. Or as apart of a larger Machine community. Those that live in the society with the others however, are known as excellent workers, builders, crafters and soldiers.

Machines are able to communicate in any language that living fleshbags use.. But they can also communicate with each other digitally. A much faster, and completely discrete way opposed to the flapping of gums

Machines generally don't follow religions, but they are susceptible to being influenced or outright controlled by other machine intelligence much more advanced and powerful than them.

Ancients

Ancients are Powerful Minifigs skilled in the Arcane and Psionik schools. They act as the overlords and in some cases.. the gods of the Plates. Most of them live in seclusion with an army of servants. While a significant amount of them came together to form the "Administration" which controls much of the Politics, Diplomacy and Economy of the civilized world in the plates. Independent Ancients are known to scheme and even war against each other. Although many of them don't bother to get involved with the actual events on the plates, or waste their time talking to lesser races. Several have been known to have either raised armies of followers and gone to war against each other. Or simply enslaved them to obey their will. Ancients are all servants of the Monolith, as All of them were granted their power by the crystal, but they don't necessarily all work together. One topic of contention is the possession of extremely powerful artifakts. Possession of these artifakts grows a Ancient's power. And it's cited as the number 1 reason that they kill each other. Unlike on the plates with L-Gates, when Ancients kill each other, they willfully use dark energy, black magik, and other means of permanently offing their enemy.

Some Ancients, both living and dead, have been worshiped as Magikal Leaders. And the lesser races Fight, preach and celebrate over their influences. Usually it's the dead ones that are revered as gods...

Central Government

Elsewhere, based in a floating city high above the Alpha Plates lies the city of Anwar. Considered the diplomatic and economic center of the fragmented plates. Whatever trading or negotiating that does go on in the plates, Usually goes through Anwar, or by systems controlled by Anwar. The city itself is governed by a number of Demigods called the Administrators who control the dealings in the city and occasionally intervene in plate matters. However after the destruction of Anwar by the Black Legion, and the later ending of the administrators by dark energy blades. The Administration was rendered extinct, and the central government was eradicated.

Following the end of the Administration, a number of their lackies, the Tax Collectors, Governors and other brownnosers known as the Land Barons had banded together in the Alpha Plate Cluster and formed the "Land Baron Alliance" and created their own army, the "Civil Defense Kommand" or OSKOM To attempt to police the precious alpha plates from damage and destruction from the various armed groups and armies abroad.

Factions & Groups

Major Factions

The largest and most powerful Factions commanding the largest armies, the most assets and resources, and the most influence on the realm

Large Factions

Large and still signifigant Factions and Organizations commanding influence over localized regions, By no means superpowers, but not ones to trifle with either

Minor Factions

The smaller, less powerful or otherwise less influential groups that make up the rest of the world stage

Defunct Groups

Other groups that are barely worth mentioning, either due to being completely wiped out, or so small they might as well be on the verge of collapse

Special Characters

Within each faction, ranks positions and titles may vary. But between all of them, there are certain types of individuals who fill special roles or have special abilities recognized by all.

Leaders Leaders are as their name implies, the head honchos, the big cheeses, the kings and queens shit of turd mountains. Leaders are weild an abstract trait known as Power. Power, not to be confused with energy that powers devices... is the relative gauge of how many Minifigs one is able to influence, or get them to listen, follow, and obey their commands.

Officers and Generals Officers and Generals are like the middle and upper management of a group. Veterans and Specialists who weild power and skills to control groups of soldiers.. but they themselves are subservient to the Leader. Generals are the highest ranking officers in a group, Who still take orders from the Leader or Leaders. Varying levels of officers, and trusted Generals may go by different names in different groups. But the role remains the same

Engineers Engineers are Builders, Technicians, Mechaniks and Nerds who possess the traits and skills to build, repair or improve stuff. Namely the ability to turn a pile of ABS into an actual functional weapon. A faction's Engineers working in R/D are responsible for designing everything from the guns and helmets their troops use, all the way up to the Tanks, Fighters and Fleetships

Psioniks Psioniks are minifigs gifted with paranormal powers. Namely the ability to influence the world with nothing more than their mind. They are similar to Wizards and Mages, but do not explicitly require the use of a staff or other medium to use their abilities.

Resources and Trade

Despite an abundance of ABS, the real treasures of the realm are Rare and valuable resources that are scattered across the plates mainly in the form of transparent crystals, but also in other forms. Due to the nature of Industry in the realm, Nano forges and Matter Replicators can produce most basic materials with only a small ABS input, however anything with a function or special attribute will require rare resources usually for the same forges

With the disintegration of the central government. Many of the institutions the Anwar administrators had set up fell apart. The Energy Backed Credit remained a popular medium. But with the events at Anwar, markets were destabilized to the point that other forms of currency began butting into trade. Groups would often trade resources for resources as well

Appearance Name Description
Rockred.jpg Mantle A Reddish rock, Crystaline in shape

One of the more rare materials, however it's demand isn't great given that it is an extremely efficient material when used for one thing, War. Weapon cores in guns, primers in grenades and other uses. One small crystal of Redrock can supply an entire platoon with small arms

Rockdblue.jpg Kobalt A Dark Blue rock, Crystaline in shape

Like Mantle, Kobalt is less common. It's uses haven't been entirely investigated. For now it's primary use is that of force shields. Allowing Vehicles, Bunkers, Elite soldiers and when in great quantity, entire starships to project a shield to compliment it's defenses.

The First Echelon Controls a dominating stake in Kobalt after it seized several Kobalt fields and refineries in the Alpha Cluster.

Rockmblue.jpg Beryl A Light Blue rock, Crystaline in shape

Beryl is used to apply defensive properties to ABS. It's what seperates a Slope on someone's house, to a Slope of tank armor. It's necessary in the creation of Fortified structures, vehicles, and body armor.

Rockdgreen.jpg Galatz A Dark Green rock, Crystaline in shape

Used to create medical devices, to help stave off death from injured Minifigs, But cannot be used to help a minifig that has already croaked.

Rockgreen.jpg Tibinium A Bright Green rock, Crystaline in shape

Tibinium is perhaps the most important substance of the rare materials simply due to it's range of applications. It is considered to be a Matter Maniuplator, and can be combined with ABS to form briks and tools of almost any shape. Although to gain functions a forge may require other materials

Rocknegreen.jpg Neon A Yellowish Green rock, Crystaline in shape

Sometimes called "Neon Green". Neon is probably the most common of the "rare materials" It has a singular purpose; Power. "Neon Green" as it's often referred to is used as a catalyst in power generators for everything including Vehicles, Homes, and even powers Nanoforges

While very common. The Syndicate directley or indirectley controls a monopoly of Neon, Their Energy concern provides them with a huge source of revenue and trade

The Realm's leading currency is an energy backed credit. Directley linked to the supply of Neon.

Rockpink.jpg Amethyst A Pink rock, Crystaline in shape

Used in Teleportation devices. While originally a rare and valuable commodity, became almost priceless in the Post-Collapse era where it gained a secondary use for feeding L-Gates in order to force a respawn. When broken down a crystal can provide 3-4 charges for the gate.

Typically Minifigs will take a peice and teleport through a gate, the L-Gate will "eat" the stone and the next time the minifig who carried it dies, he will get a singular respawn at a gate as if the Crash and Collapse never happened... for him.

Rockpurple.png Vortek A Purple rock, Conical in shape

Vortek is a mystical and some would say, magikal rock. It's used in many appliances and electronics. It adds function to briks. Turning static imitations into functional power tools. Making Computers and Robots function. It's one of the more important, and thankfully more common materials.

Glowstud.jpg Monolithium Small chunks of white material that glow in the dark

Monolithium is a strange element. In it's natural state it glows in the dark, but it can be used as a primary material in making stealth tek that renders the user partially or completely invisible to the naked eye. Even stranger is that it can also be used to create Stealth detection systems.

Monolithium is one of the rarest Materials. Alongside Chrome and Amethyst

Rockchrome.jpg Chrome A Shiny reflective rock, Crystaline in shape

Chrome is a valuable rare material that is used to improve the effects of other materials like Mantle, Beryl and Vortek. It makes gun cores stronger, Armor plating tougher, and function cores in computers and devices work smoother. It also looks cool.

Rockcrgreen.jpg Ultracite A shiny reflective rock with a green tint, Crystaline in shape

The most rare material known to civilization. It can be used to bring a minifig back from the dead.

Meta

The Monolith Battleplates are heavily influenced by concepts explored in the Elder scrolls series. And the STALKER Series of computer games.