Tree Huggers Planning Document

Black Queen Gnosis

Black Queen Valkyrie speaking.

I am Black Queen Genesis

black queen ember here


Baseline

A Ragnarok event refers to an apocalyptic event either caused by or directly related to a set of two related anomalies, the World Tree and Niddhogg. On my world it is the Tree of Knowledge and the Serpent. ive heard it was some crocodile motherfucker The name isn’t what is important. Continue, Gnosis. The Tree is the physical form of all of the dominant species' knowledge. It can manifest in various ways, but at one point it usually manifests as an extremely large tree, for the anomaly to center around, after which Niddhogg appears. Niddhogg is a dragon-like entity manifesting around the World Tree. Niddhogg is aggressive to the Tree and tries to destroy it. It seems to be attracted to secrets, as those are the weakest parts of the Tree. When the parts of tree are destroyed, the information that branch represents is erased from existence, which can begin a Ragnarok event.

Prerequisite

For the Tree to exist, the dominant species must be sapient and have developed a language system and stories. As those prerequisites are extremely general, the Tree is present in a vast number of realities. The Ragnarok events themselves are less common. While the presence of a Tree, in some form, is necessary for a Ragnarok Event to occur, the presence of a Tree does not guarantee a Ragnarok Event. Certain events can lessen or increase the changes of Ragnarok occurring: the existence of the Foundation increases the chances by about 75%; conversely, the existence of the Serpent’s Hand decreases the chances by about 30%, due to their desire to share anomalous information.

Vunerability

The only way to totally keep Ragnarok from happening is to make sure you keep the Knowledge flowing. You damn up a river, and everything gets all stagnant and dies. That’s hard, but there’s things that can help. So, like, ‘Breaking the Masquerade,’ right? For any Timeline’s major info horder, you have them throw open the vault doors, see? Sometimes that knocks the Ragnarok chances down to nothing. lol how does that help Knowledge flowing free makes the Tree strong, so there’s only so much Nidhogg or the Serpent or whatever can do. Take a few bites, the tree grows back. It’s kinda cool, really. So they’re both these, like, metaphysical enti- we get it, its magic bullshit. lets keep moving


Instance: Timeline A-128

The Foundation had a very strong presence in this timeline meaning the population was more dependent on it. The entity consumed the concept of the Foundation, effectively destroying it. The multitude of anomalies contained by the foundation remained, and wreaked havoc amongst the population. Only a few survivors remain to this day. Yeah, that happens a lot. Indeed.

Instance: Timeline A-343:

my timeline! no apocalypse yet here, things are pretty chill. we got some weird trees that show up sometimes though, i think thats connected? they get attracted to smart people and books or some crap like that. one grew in my roomates face a while back. pretty funny Wait a minute, in? yeah. it was kinda hilarious Oh my god, I’m going to be sick.

Instance: Timeline B-296:

This one was my timeline. It was insidious at first. People disappeared occasionally and no one noticed. Like they had never been there. It was like that for a while before things started snowballing. Swaths of people, gone. Companies, governments, organizations, ceasing to exist in the blink of an eye. And no one knew.

Instance: Timeline F-012:

Some government found the Tree and decided to use it to control the citizens. Anyone who speaks out gets wiped from existence. Took over the entire timeline. The Foundation got erased along with who knows how many people. thats some orwellian shit right there No kidding. What the hell? That’s horrible! Can we do something? We can’t just let this happen can we? We’ll look into it, Valkyrie.

Instance: Timeline K-459:

ASo a cult popped up around the tree and settled around it. Eventually the cult got really popular, might have used memetics or something, it’s not important. It kept growing until it became the Timelines most popular religion. So, like, almost everyone there knows about the tree so things are pretty chill. No one’s disappeared, and no governments are cracking down, and no doomsday is coming unless you count the whole “cult takeover” thing. Oh no, was anyone hurt? Nah, like I said, it seems pretty chill, despite how quickly the cult spread. Anomalously quickly, actually, but they don’t seem to be hurting anybody. Dangerous anomalies are still contained and the cult’s all about the spread of knowledge, so the chances of the Ragnarok event happening? Meh. What of Nidhogg and its servants? Pretty chill too. The lizards chow down, but the trees grow back. Works out pretty well, like the circle of life or something. Sounds nice. Indeed. sounds like hippie bullshit if you ask me


Metaphysical jazz: Yggdrasil is the manifestation of knowledge. Nidhogg is (primarily) the personification of forgetting things, like secrets or codes. Nidhogg is a conceptual entity with antimemetic properties (perhaps a particularly powerful tulpa [Hadn’t heard of a tulpa before, might work]?) (it’s used in the sc plastics canon) (I’ll have to read up on that)

I’m worried that Nidhogg, in its current state, will draw too many parallels to 3125

If there is a large enough secret, Nidhogg will try to swallow it. Causing the info to be lost? Yes, and any objects correlated(?) with the information.

What are secrets in relation to Yggdrasil? Do they cause its branches to grow inwards? Does it make smaller trees as representations of the separation of knowledge?

I think the physical representation of Yggdrasil would work the best it just kinda stayed the same, but the metaphysical one is the one that changes. Or the physical one would act as a “physical metaphor” for knowledge.

Yggdrasil initially “broke into” reality when the first sentient life came about, as they would be the first beings to really know things. Its trees grew wherever humans went, manifesting as whatever would normally be local to that area.

Is Nidhogg sentient? Is there more to its eating than just hunger? Is Yggdrasil sentient? Does it communicate?

YN "Ragnarok" End-Of-Knowledge scenario

Nidhogg chomps at roots kills tree and and then Ragnarok happens tie back to Norse myth

Foundation finds Atlantis and finds old equipment. They have been there many times before.
each time they discover a sprout forms in the stump of Atlantis tree. Nidhogg bites it off and they forget. this has happened who knows how many times. this time, they manage to get a message out and the info for Atlantis now known to foundation as whole. this connects Atlantis tree to foundation tree so nidhogg cannot destroy knowledge. nidhogg goes after foundation trees, eats away at roots, disconnects tree from other GOI trees. foundation isolated.

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