My City for the Undead

It was something that they wanted to do for a long time, to build a city for the basic undead thanking their services to the New Vampire World. Without the help of the zombie minions, the New Vampire World could have never been constructed, and Dracula realized how important it would be to keep the support of the zombies as the influence of the Werewolves, Eldars and the Lich Queen were rising in the area taking advantage of the common heritage of the tomb which was shared by them all.

The Shattered Dreams refer to the four islands which lie between the New Vampire World and the Isles of Blood and comes directly under the influence of the Vampire Throne. It was on the second largest of those islands that the new city was planned to be built. There was a smaller island between that isle and the mainland which was to be connected to both lands by two bridges which were proposed to be built under the direct supervision of Dracula himself.

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Dracula wanted to change from the usual architectural model of the Gothic and shift to the Aztec style after his recent visit to a certain unknown area in the human world. There is to be a city centre built like a ziggurat headed by two vampires and three zombies. Even though the vampires believed that the human model usually had only zombies as leaders, they preferred a change there. Attached to the city centre, there are to be two shopping centres on both sides, and two training centres on the other sides, one for civilians and the other for the keepers of the law.

There were to be more roads than buildings making sure that there were no traffic problems. The trees were to be planted on both sides of the roads as well as on the median which would also have stone paved footpaths and benches just like the sides. The Great Undead Centres are planned exactly five kilometres from the city centre on four sides of the island to make sure that the balance of control is maintained, and they were close to the sea to make sure that the immigration was also well handled.

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The graves which were home to the undead were built hidden between the trees on the side of the road. Small parks are to be all around. They were to lead underground into a crypt which was to be divided into five sections, with stone coffins in each. All the buildings arre to follow the same pattern, except for the house of the leaders made as a mausoleum to serve as the home for them all. The parking facilities are provided more underground, with a further layered structure designed with special walls to ensure better protection from sounds.

A facility for rainwater collection wil be also maintained on the trees. As the undead are naturally farmers despite the never-ending desire for brain biriyani, they will like the best use of rainwater without them directly affecting the crops. The farmlands are to be created in open areas between The Great Undead Centres and the city centre exactly a kilometre from the latter. The former will have the study centres one kilometre from it. The chicken farms will be attached to the regular farmlands too.

Windmills, solar panels and wells are to provide energy and water for the city so that the undead population won’t have depend on external sources. The activities would depend on the solar power, and as the zombies have evolved enough to stand the sunlight, this will only work in their favour. The main tourist destination will be the Death Ride featuring the main undead heroes who are part of the legends, like the Headless Knight, the Brain Devourer and the Resident Zombie. There is also the provision for free wi-fi with instructions as I proclaim my dream city for the undead.

***The images used in this blog post are from the game, Age of Empires III which I used to play.

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

TeNy

Addition to the Supernatural

***This is going to be quite a strange post about my thoughts on expanding the vampire universe which has been part of my writing for quite some time – lead by Uncle Dracula, Vampire Bat, Vampire Owl and Vampire Crocodile along with the other vampire team having guest appearances from werewolves, zombies, mutants and many others. I do feel that these characters and incidents could actually have a working base. So, if you feel weird already, you can skip this post.

I have been using the vampire world for the stories of this blog for quite a long time. I have been thinking about the same and realized that I had thought about a good number of creatures and lands, some of which I have already mentioned in the previous posts. This made me wonder if I could actually make a world out of those which I have already talked about in the previous posts.

So, I decided to divide the creatures into territories on a world map which I had tampered with, and gave each of them land according to what I have been thinking about. For the same, I thought about what I wanted, and realized that it was more of a balance of power. I checked which all creatures could ally with which kind, and made the territory division on that basis, making sure that there could be some alliance which can make the balance back to the continent.

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I have filled the map with creatures which could rather be neutral or evil, rather than be on the good side as far as alignment is concerned. I have added three kinds of elves to make sure that each could take the side of their own race or according to how dark their alignment is. The witches, immortals and spirits of nature were added to make things more twisted with further scope for unholy alliances.

The zombie territories are divided too, as they are certified mindless and mostly remains without an alliance even though Lich Queen has a specific amount of control over them, more than the Vampire Lords have. Anything related to the ghosts is also a possibility of another empire even though the control of the Lich Queen as well as Dracula will always be there. The Goblins and the Orcs can work together if needed.

The Newborns, Highlanders and Nomads are added to bring another level of opportunity to the whole thing, as they are more neutral than anybody else in their approach. The Other World and the Shadow Grounds have the portals to the other dimensions. The former is a direct entry to the world of the demons which has been closed, and the latter passes one though the shadow realm which is an intermediate world which goes to many places. Then there is also the details about the vampire division in particular.

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To add to it, you have the Eldars, an ancient but advanced race, Necrons who are the most advanced of the undead, the Mutants, the Sirens and the Cyclops to add enough fury here. Draconian Reptile Order and Dark Warlords will keep thing interesting with their desire for war. Satyrs and Centaurs will also play a big role in a possible war or peace, whichever comes to the continent. There is also a lighter side to this whole continent which is not shown, and there, the races would include a team lead by the Halflings. But right now, the focus is on this world, that of darkness which has the vampire team on one end. The biggest inspiration for the same came from two computer games, Age of Wonders and Warhammer 40000: Dawn of War with their sequels.

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To the Edge of the World

There was a belief among the vampires which was deeply rooted in tradition. It was about true love, something which was not a common thing among the vampire community, as they had witnessed too much of fake love among the humanity through the ages, and had still survived to continue their eternal existence. The Vampire Bat was never a strong believer of legends, but he was a traveler and an explorer, and do you know what that belief is?

It was said and written in golden letters in the Great Chambers of the Vampires, that “One who travels to the edge of the world and take a leap of faith shall find true love”. The writing glowed at night when the moonlight fell on it. This story comes from a time when Earth was not declared spherical. But the fact remained that no vampire had ever traveled to the edge of the world. No, not even Uncle Dracula or his former vampire assistants who were teleported to the other dimension.

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Vampire Bat took that journey to the edge of the world. With the blessings of Uncle Dracula, he started on that journey which had nothing certain about it. It was a journey based on faith. He passed through the graveyard where the zombies stared at him in disbelief as they came to know about his quest, which didn’t really work that well inside their brains. They told him that the only true love is with edible brains.

Vampire Bat passed through the werewolf lands, who seemed to have a little more optimism about the same, but they didn’t hesitate to tell him their opinions. The leader of the pack told him that true love is attained only by death, and it is too rare in life. If you take a silver bullet to the heart for someone else, it is true love and in the heaven among the stars, you are going to be united with your lady love; said the leader wolf.

The centaurs had another idea. “Take this bow and arrow” said the centaur chieftain. “After you aim at the stars, turn back. If the arrow comes back to you, there is true love and you can take the leap of faith” he added. “But won’t I be dead if the arrow comes back to me when I am not looking?” asked the Vampire Bat. “Good point. It is better to take the leap of faith without thinking then” the centaur agreed.

The rest of the world outside the Dwarven-High Elf territory

A leprechaun was singing a song as he reached the rainbow’s end. It was a story of unrequited love in verse and the trees danced to his tunes. It stopped the Vampire Bat and made him think what if it was not the right thing to do and that there was no real point. But he continued anyway, as he knew that this was no longer his journey to stop. It was only half his journey and the rest belonged to his soul-mate.

The journey was tedious, but the Vampire Bat stood strong at the edge of the world. The wind was strong there and the sun was all prepared to hide behind the mountains far away. He took a leap of faith from the top of that cliff with the clear knowledge that he can’t fly. The fairy who looked at him from a distance screamed suicide and the unicorns just ran away scared, but the Vampire Bat knew better, or didn’t he?

This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.

***The images used in this blog post are screenshots from the time spent in one of my favourite games, Age of Wonders: Shadow Magic.

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