Guidelines to Writing in the WoC Universe
By Jon Sleeper.
When you hit puberty did you ever feel like you were changing into something inhuman? Well, in this universe, it's true. Once you hit puberty, you gain animal characteristics (explained later). But not in the way you think. If your parents were both wolf-morphs, then it's entirely possible that you might become a cat-morph. Or a horse-morph. Or even a Blue Jay-morph. It's random. Because no matter what your parents look like, you're human until you hit puberty.
Why did this happen? One day a "furry" universe invaded a universe very similar to our own. This caused what is simply known as "the Change" on Monday, June 17, 1996. On that day, the Change started simultaneously all over the world, regardless of time zone. But respectively, it started at 5 am Pacific time, 6 am Mountain, 7 Central, and 8 Eastern (and take it either way from there). So there were lots of people caught in bed, in rush hour traffic, on subways, etc. Not to mention on aircraft and everything else...
However, before the Change this universe had several distinctive differences from our own. These are: Population 2.5 billion. Why? Near the end of World War II (in that universe called the "War Against the Germans", or more commonly, the "Plague War") there was a Plague. Not just any plague, but one that decimated most of the planet. This Plague would activate old genes, eventually turning the victim into a mass of disorganized, cancer-like cells. The cure was found in a section of Brazilian Rainforest that had been slated for slashing and burning, the tree only grew in that place. The "cure" made the Plague virus into a symbiont (one that actually helped people somehow). Once it was learned what the chemical was, in a burst of scientific discovery a way was found to make a synthetic. Progress of the Plague was slow enough so things weren't' too rushed to make the cure. So the Plague lasted from 1945-52, and lingered in some areas until the mid 60's.
The Plague was an insidious thing. It didn't just kill everybody at once, but seemed to take it's time. It stuck Europe and Asia first, killing off 15% of the population in the First Wave. The Second Wave (the first for the US) in 1946 took another 10% of the resulting total from the last hit. And so forth.
But a side result of this was what was called the "Science Boom," happening from the late 50's through the 60's, (they had Pentium-class computers by 1975.) Another reason was a huge world environmentalist movement in the 50's that would almost eliminate nearly all automobile internal combustion engines by 1985. They use hydrogen fuel cell electric motors instead, with the hydrogen and oxygen generated from seawater by solar power or other clean energy production units, or alcohol-powered Turbine-electric engines.
Other InformationApproximate morph species percentages:
This is a very simple concept. Some people Change more than others. Ex: Wolf morph A has fully wolf-like head, tail, digitigrade feet, paw-like hands, and very wolf-like proportions. But s/he retains the ability to speak and opposable thumbs. Wolf morph B has only claw-like fingernails, slightly pronounced canines, and pointed ears. The Degree you Change is also random.
If your character's species is something like a High Degree rodent, s/he would be a giant rat. There would be a size enlargement. Same thing for an elephant morph. Just enlarged size.
Another thing to note are bird morphs and wings. About half of all bird morphs have, legs, wings, and arms. The wings in addition to the arms so they can fly, and manipulate things. Those that don't have wings have the ability to change shape into what they resemble so they can fly (see Powers below).
This universe was the net result of three universes being slammed together. So there's bound to be a lot of instability in the new, composite universe's physical laws. Thus I came up the Powers.
Otherwise, have fun. :)
Absolute Rules (not many of those)
Children and Childbirth
Children are always born human because the vast majority of females are still able to give birth to human children, but for the exceptions below.
Historical, Society, and Technological NotesIn order for things to remain consistent throughout the Winds universe, I'm including this section for reference for other writers. History does differ in many ways after the Plague. Here are some notes... Not necessarily in chronological order.
Updates will be made to this page as more stories are written and things become clearer in my own head...