The Datasphere: The Datasphere is an ageless network filled with information. Its size is incalculable and its reach is unending. It has always existed: an invisible grid that contains the codes to all things. Bello Realm: Bello Realm lies like an unearthed gemstone in the depths of the Datasphere. Conceived from strands of remote data in a miraculous moment of fusion, the Realm is a digital world beyond the material domain of the universe. It is in its third age. The Regions of the Realm: The Realm is made up of ten extraordinarily diverse regions: great desert planes, fierce mountains, […]

The Augmentors are living pieces of amalgamated data. They came into existence when the intricate and complex codes of life began to merge with other, stray, pieces of information on Bello Realm. Only when clumps of random data have fully synthesized, will an Augmentor come into being. Once the integration process is complete, they emerge through a birth-portal, which appears as a vibrant shock of blue light. It is impossible to predict when or where an Augmentor will be born; they are the result of a chance interaction. The first Augmentors were born during the first age of the Realm. […]

During the second age of the Realm something happened, something that would come to change the fate of the entire Realm. Below the Great Tree in the Amber Wood, a birth-portal opened. It was a strange portal, unlike any that had preceded it. It opened slowly; the usual blue light was more intense and contained sharp streaks of purple. It was a blinding light that illuminated the whole of the Amber Wood; even those to the South, in the Serenity Lake and Bogmarsh, could see it. The portal remained open for five days and news of its peculiarity spread throughout […]

As the third age of Bello Realm set in, the Gods retreated from their duties of governance. Though rivalries between Augmentors had developed, they had maintained stable peace and fellowship for over a thousand years, upholding the pledge they had made all those centuries ago. It was now time to pass on the responsibility of leadership to a younger generation of Augmentors. The Gods held a council in order to decide who should take up the mantle of headship. It lasted an entire week and was an impassioned, emotive debate. Galaxia suggested that Solar should be the one to lead, […]

The time had come for Rhule and Solar’s first council as the joint stewards of Bello Realm. It was to take place, as all previous councils had done in ages gone by, in the Amber Woods. All regions of the Realm had provided representatives, all except for the Infernal Gorge. Though none of the regions had provided a proxy, its presence was still felt as an ominous black smog loomed over the Gorge. The woodland air felt heavy with anticipation as eager Augmentors gathered below the Great Tree, where there was a small green clearing. They waited anxiously as the […]

Rhule’s exploration party assembled on top of the highest mountain in Sky Point, ready to begin their quest. They peered out over the Realm and were once again reminded of its brilliant variety, its abundance of colours and its defined landscapes. This was their home and, as daring as they were, the intrepid explorers feared they might never lay eyes upon it again. It was a chance all in the expedition were willing to take. Though she still believed Rhule should stay, Solar too had travelled to the leaving site. She could not bring herself to hold a grudge against […]

Rhule and his followers searched the Datasphere. It was a daunting and emotionless space, cold and sterile. The only things that moved were fragments of data, which whizzed through the dark in a flash. Rhule led the party to follow one of the beams, hoping that it may lead to a discovery. Inside the beam, shards of images came in and out of view. They looked like places on Bello Realm. There were mountains, trees and lakes –  all things that the Augmentors recognised. Spurred on by these similarities, the brave explorers tracked the beam across the empty expanse of […]

While Rhule and his companions searched the unknown, unrest grew within the Bello Realm. The Infernal Gorge was becoming more unstable and those who dwelled within it refused Solar’s call for calm and truce. Its inhabitants, Minitor, Blompta, and Azul had taken to plundering the Amber Woods and Jungle of Faces in order to fuel the deep fires that blazed in the heart of the Gorge. They had clashed with Ki already, and in the battle had burnt down a sacred part of the forest. Ki was furious and blamed Solar for not retaliating. He claimed Rhule would have dealt […]

As the party stepped through the archway, they became rigid and found themselves in a long fall, unable to stop. ‘What’s happening’ one of them cried out. Fear began to take hold as they spiralled downward. Powerless, Rhule thought he had led his followers to certain death. But it was not death that awaited them. It was a prison. Unbeknown to the bold explorers, the passage they had taken had been a trap, designed to entice errant pieces of data. They eventually hit the ground and the brave party lay stunned on a wide barren grid devoid of all life. […]

After what felt like aeons, Rhule began to gather some of his strength. He managed to break free of his invisible bonds, or at least subdue them for a while. In an attempt to rouse his followers, all of whom were still sapped of their energy, Rhule decided to search the grid for a way back to the Datasphere. ‘My brothers and sisters, I will not accept this dismal grid as our final fate. I will go forth and search with all my might for a way to escape, so that we may return to Bello Realm. So that we […]

The sky over Castle Rhune, one of the many havens of the Augmentors, ripped opened and a dark purple fog emerged. The very air crackled and fizzed while bolts of black lightning darted across the sky. The Augmentors looked above in terror.  Slowly, figures began to emerge from the eye of the storm. One by one the Augmentors made out the forms of Rhule and his followers. Steward and brother of Solar bellowed: ‘Solar, sister, come here. It is I, your brother and I have returned from my journey.’ The Augmentors’ terror turned to celebration and they were overjoyed at […]

Bello Realm, which had only ever known peace, had become a place of conflict. Dark Rhule and his followers launched attacks from Fortress Rhune on any Augmentors who dared to defy them. The once virtuous and honorable explorers were no longer the same – they had been warped by their thirst for power and survival. The vow of corruption had, as Shadox said it would, changed them. Solar began to form a resistance and valiant Augmentors flocked to her cause. They called themselves the Light, a party to fight the encroaching darkness. They confronted Dark Rhule’s army and fought many […]

Clouds of war hung in the sky. Peace now seemed like a long-forgotten dream for the creatures of Bello Realm. The earth and the air pervaded with tension. Rest was impossible as everyone was on their guard. The noble Solar wore the scars of her many battles. She had become the Augmentors’ greatest warrior and posed a great threat to the Shadowmentors. Her bravery and skill could only be matched by Dark Rhule – the rest of his followers did not dare challenge her alone. Solar summoned her generals to a meeting. Whispers had reached her that Dark Rhule was […]

Sora, Matt and Shiro sat in Central Park, enjoying the soft grass and gentle sunshine. It was late in the afternoon and the hum of traffic could be heard in the distance. Their phones lay beside them, buzzing every now and then with messages from friends. As the sun began to drop behind the Manhattan skyline, with an orange glow reflecting in the city’s steel and glass towers, a peculiar event occurred: at once, all of the mobile phones in the city began to vibrate. The three friends looked at each other, perplexed by what was happening. Each and every […]