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
First Alliance (20xx-2018)
1st Stroiteliga-Imperiya War (2018-2019)
Collapse (2019)
Post-Collapse Era (2020-)
Population
Est: Hundreds of Thousands. Actual figures unknown
Resources
All manner of ABS, Artifakts and Crystals
Controller
Greater Realm controlled by the Monolith
Majority of plates under the influence of the Imperiya, Bratva or Black Legion.
Inhabitants
Minifigs, Beastfigs, Demons, Mutants, Paranormal Entities
Key Locations
Nexus, Anwar *Destroyed*
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 Monolith Realm is a large Plate World 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 Monolith 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

Early Civilization & the First Alliance

???-R2018

The fall of the First Alliance

Q1, R2019

An old faction today usually just called the "First Alliance" or 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 Stroiteliga 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, work for the Anwar Administrators, 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

Stroiteliga-Imperiya war

Q2, R2019


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 Stroiteliga 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, Vorhut and the then much weakerBlack Legion would all start poking at their sides.

After the realm fell into disarray as result of the Alliance disbanding, a number of powerful Ancients fortified the floating city of Anwar, and declared themselves the Capital of the realm and for a time, most would accept their light ruling.

Destruction of Basil & the 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. Never before had anyone displayed the capability to obliterate entire plate worlds like what had happened to Anwar and Basil.

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, 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.


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 Ultracyte 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.

With their discovery, and given the mass panic, the strongest clamped down in a mad dash for resources, Ultracyte 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 Ultracyte. 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.


The Secret War

Exodus to Nehellenium

Regions and Locales

The Monolith Plates consist of thousands, if not tens of thousands of plate worlds. Mapped out by Land Barons, Bureaucrats , and aspiring conquerors



The Monolith Realm Consists of a number of plate 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 evil 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 World, 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.



The Realm, sectioned off into plate world groupings

Notable Regions

Zone, Cluster or Sector Notes
Alpha The Alpha Cluster is the central sector of the realm, the location of most of the realm's great Cities, and a majority of industrial and commercial interests are also located here. It was traditionally a peaceful and lawful region, Throughout the ages, the great empires and powers of the realm have generally centered themselves in the Alpha cluster. Prior to the collapse, it was generally protected by the Anwar Council, and then the OSKOM Civil defense, however after the collapse of greater civilization, Alpha suffered a massive refugee crisis which also brought several opposing forces within striking distance of one another.

Today, the Alpha Plates are still the central region of the realm, and house the majority of the population. But the general stability and quality of life here has plummetted in wake of the collapse of L-Gates and Civilization along with it

Lambda The Lambda cluster is sparsely populated region that borders the northern Alpha cluster. It was a largely overlooked backwater, until a series of events led the Black Legion into detonating an OT bomb in one of the Lambda Plates, which set off a chain of events that led to the Collapse.
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.

Minifig Civilization

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. Prior to the collapse, Civilization in the realm benefitted from functional immortality by way of the L-Gate tek. Society became dependent on this tek. Confident that they could live their lives forever, and that death was no consequence. Entire industry sectors were founded to work off the idea of "forever customers"

Minifigs spent their days trying to build the coolest stuff, some would fight for fun. Others would explore, or create their own worlds out of virgin plates. All was well until about R2018 When the Black Legion arose. And had found a way to circumvent the L-Gates, and kill off innocent folk indefinitely.

The closest the realm came to a unified government was during the period of the First Alliance, and then after it's fall, a brief period under the Anwar administration. Both groups have since been shattered, and no unifying entity exists

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 intermediaries like paper notes, coins, and digital currencies.

The Black Legion's arrival set off a chain of events that ultimately caused the collapse of civilization as minifigs knew it. By R2020, Supernatural events had destroyed the Lazarus gate network, several central governments had risen and been destroyed. Minifigs had discovered a way to completely destroy entire plates, and nefarious corporate entities had also taken control of the teleporter network, allowing for plates to be split up, re-arranged, bought and sold on a whim. By R2020 at least half of the population had been killed off. and the majority had retreated to relative safety in the Alpha cluster.

Inhabitants

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 like beastfigs, mutants, and robots


Ancients

Ancients, also known by other names such as Old Ones, or Elders are Powerful beings skilled in the Arcane and Psionik schools. It is said that prior to the age of the First Alliance, they created a civilization across the realm that gave it much of it's mythical teknology, It's unclear why they were so few in number. It is thought that they were installed as agents of the Monolith as a means of laying the foundations for the world it wanted to create.

Today however, Most of them live in seclusion with a cadre of followers or servants. After the fall of the First Alliance a significant amount of them came together to form the "Anwar Administration" which took control of much of the Politics, Diplomacy and Economy of the civilized world in the plates. A few Ancients were known to have gone rogue, and created their own cults that caused significant damage to the stability of the realm. Empires and factions like the Black Legion and Vorhut are thought to have originated by rogue Elder activity.

After the fall of Anwar, the majority of the Ancients had been killed off by the Black Legion, or had gone into hiding. Individuals would occasionally surface and try to make power grabs to create their own fiefdoms and empires. Generally with little success.

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.


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.


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

Resources, Tek and Trade

The advanced civilization of the realm revolves around a few key teks

Teleportation 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. Before the collapse, L-Gates could be used as a respawn point for anyone who had ever used a gate in their first life. However after the collapse, the L-Gates lost their primary function as ressurection points, and simply became solid teleportation hubs. Some would be protected by security forces but others would be destroyed by terrorists, or looted for their Amethyst telecrystals.

Rapid Construction Devices ~


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

Also known as Telecrystals. Used in Teleportation devices for both minifigs and material. Extremely valuable and useful. While originally a rare and valuable commodity, became even more valuable in the post-collapse era as many L-Gates were destroyed or looted

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 Ultracyte

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 Ultracyte 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 a number of concepts, characters and technologies from various Media, namely video games. In no particular order or level of influence. this includes STALKER, The Elder Scrolls, Space Station 13, Kenshi, Mass Effect, Warhammer 40K, Star Wars, Second Life and a number of other Sci-fi, Post-Modern and Fantasy genres