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Posted: Jan 1 2015, 07:05 AM
London, 2015. A hulking mass of urban life- busy, noisy and seemingly restless. From the crowded shops and pavement down Oxford Street to the bustling night-life of Soho; there's something for everyone in England's capital. There's nothing different to report from the London you know, as any missing persons cases aren't exactly unusual. It's a big place, and people go missing all the time.
Wonderland has shifted over the years into something altogether unrecognisable as the whimsical paradise it was when Alice first came to visit. The modern world hit Wonderland by storm when the majority of its citizens were allowed to roam freely between their home and London, and Wonderland itself went through a kind of industrial revolution. Years later, nature is slowly starting to reclaim its hold on the land and with the Looking Glass and Rabbit Hole off-limits to all but the rabbit himself, those who seek a modern lifestyle can only cling to those who find themselves stranded in Wonderland for guidance.
The Royal City is similar to London in many ways, though with a more natural vibe to it. There are no skyscrapers, instead imagine buildings similar to Buckingham Palace or the Natural History museum. Almost vintage in appearance next to structures like the Shard, but certainly modern by Wonderland's original standards. Ivy and vines creep up the sides of buildings but being that the Royal City is so central and so populated, it has yet to fall into disrepair.
The outlying villages, depending on their worth to the Crown and their distance from the Capital, vary in their states of disrepair. Some are similar to the Royal City, smaller by far but less damaged by the growth of plants and natural decay. Others, being far from the Palace and more sparsely populated are home to buildings with trees taking root within them, breaking holes in the roof in order to grow. On the very fringes of the known world within Wonderland, lie mostly abandoned hamlets that have been almost entirely overgrown.
Places like Tulgey Wood, the Caterpillar Forest, the Beach and the Duchess' manor (curiously), have been largely unaffected by the change. It's explained that this is due to the Forest's already natural state, the Beach's lack of buildings keep them entirely out of the equation. The Tulgey Wood only seems to have grown darker, and more dangerous as the years go on... and there is rumour that the large, stately mansion hidden away in its depths has been overgrown and appears abandoned. The Duchess' manor is an entirely different affair, however, but for whatever reason- the place always seems as well groomed as the Palace itself. Curious, considering its distance from the Royal City.
Posted: Feb 7 2015, 03:02 PM
The fashion in Wonderland tends to be a little of this and a little of that. Some are entirely set in their ways and, despite the modernisation of their homeland- stick to traditional Wonderland garb, which has a medieval feel to it. Others have entirely updated their wardrobe to fit with the modern world of London they got such a fleeting glimpse of, while others still take a little from each era to make up eccentric
Despite the fact that, being now almost entirely separated from London- they no longer have access to the benefits of modern living; Wonderland is still surprisingly able to bring out modern favourites such as burgers, wraps and even pizza. A recipe once learned is never forgotten, they say, and if a Wonderland cook is savvy enough they can make it work with whatever supplies they possess. Sure, it might taste a little different to what you can pick up at the local McDonald's... but if the medieval fare that most of Wonderland survives on doesn't appeal to you, rest easy in the knowledge that you can probably get a semi-decent copy of a Big Mac with a little begging.
Considering the distinct lack of electricity or internet, Wonderlanders cannot amuse themselves with television, cinema or computers as they may have done in their London lives. However, this does not mean they lack entertainment! Wonderland provides a rich backdrop for musical endeavours, theatre and recreational games. Certainly, those who prefer the more medieval lifestyle will find these more exciting than those who crave the modern world still... but there's something for everyone: some of the more experimental actors and musicians have been doing all they can to replicate more modern tales or songs with their perhaps more 'primitive' instruments or less technical props.
Religion had no place in a world where the whim of the Queen was the law. Indeed, nobody in Wonderland had ever put any mind to there being a higher being than their Monarch. It was only when London's influences began pouring in that Wonderlanders were confronted with the concept of religion. Now, it's an individuals choice if they wish to associate themselves with human beliefs, a choice made more difficult with the cut-off from London itself and the churches, temples, mosques, synagogues and other places of worship it provides. Needless to say, religion isn't a particularly widespread or popular concept among creatures who have no real tie to it, but it does exist, even if in the smallest of ways.
As previously hinted at, there are three distinct lifestyles lived throughout Wonderland:
There are those who remain true to the old world, and shun any London influences. They prefer a simpler life, before the modern world almost spoiled their home and turned it into a cheaper copy of England's capital. They dress in attire reminiscent of the medieval world, tend to live further out from the Royal City if they can, and outright refuse to have anything to do with the modern world. Usually, these are the ones who refused to visit London when they had the opportunity, and care very little for the closing of the Looking Glass.
Somewhere in the middle are those who're content with both worlds. They visited London and found it delightful, but are also keen to hold on to their roots. They dress in an eclectic fashion, mixing and matching modern and medieval as it suits them. They're just as likely to enjoy an old fashioned stew as they are a Wonderland copy of a pizza, and can live anywhere from the modern 'apartments' of the Royal City to the outlying villages. They're a little put out by the closing of the Looking Glass, but they can equally live without it. In short they're on the fence.
Last but not least are those who desperately miss London. They are dismayed by the closing of the Looking Glass and find themselves craving fast food, electricity and everything else the modern world provides. They shun their roots and dress only in what modern clothing they're able to salvage, and make their lives largely within the main cities where the modern world still has presence. They eat as closely to their London diets as they can, and long for the day when the Queen opens the passageway back to Alice's homeland.
Posted: Feb 7 2015, 03:02 PM
With skills like theirs, Red and White Rose are extremely helpful. They both have the ability to heal and take away pain to some degree - the Red Rose more so than the White. They are very friendly by nature and tend to aid whoever needs it, at least most of the time. There are some exceptions to the rule however, but unless you're Jabberwocky, the likelihood that they will help you is high.
The Queen's Royal Court has its private medical attendants that are exclusive to them. The medicine they practice is solely based off Wonderland's landscape.
The Caterpillar's business is available to everyone. As well as drugs, he specialises in indie medicine, a lot of it based from what he scavenged in London. Word is that every human that enters Wonderland goes through a search and if medicine of any kind is found, the Caterpillar puts it to use.
Posted: Feb 7 2015, 03:03 PM
The new arrivals generally aren't sure what's going on, so they walk around aimlessly in confusion.
When it comes to lower class, there is a division in two groups: walking and bikes. Those, who choose to stick to ways of Wonderland, walk around. However there are some others who have bicycles.
Within middle class, there is a division between horse-owners, who ride on horseback, bike owners and lastly, people who aren't as fortunate and have to walk. The line between traditional and non-traditional Wonderlanders is even clearer, to the point of there being a certain sense of animosity between the two.
Upper class get it all. From horse and carriage to walking, they have a vast array of possibilities. They are the least likely to own a bike, as they tend to stick to tradition. Main form of transport for them is in fact horse and carriage, but there are a few that prefer horse riding as it is the quickest form of transport.
Posted: Feb 7 2015, 03:03 PM
Law & Order
The Queen is the most prominent political figure in Wonderland. She has a team of advisors she (mostly) trusts, and they are the ones who provide the most feedback on any new laws or decrees the Queen is composing. No official political decision is made without her consent or knowledge, and all new laws and decrees are announced and carried out by the Queen. Currently, her main focus is on maintaining the status quo and will only create new policies if a case demands it. The most serious crimes in Wonderland are treason, murder, and attempting to cross into London without prior approval of the Queen. Those who are found guilty of any three are punished directly by the Queen; all other crimes are sent to Court where the King oversees a trial (more below). Beheadings aren't as common these days, but the Queen has been known to come up with punishments that make criminals beg for the guillotine.
The judicial court is presided over by the King with counsellors for the prosecuting and defending parties and a jury of the condemned's peers. This is in direct contrast to the previous monarch's rule, in which every tiny infraction was met with beheading. (The current Queen believes in the chance to explain oneself.) The King oversees all trials and sentences all found guilty based on the verdict of the jury. Occasionally, he will send certain cases to the Queen, who holds total judicial power in Wonderland, but this is rare and only in cases of treason, murder, and/or those attempting to transport to London without prior approval of the Queen. There is no official police force in Wonderland, though the Cards have been known to report any rumors they believe hold water or any incidents they witness to the King. Once a week, the King receives Wonderlanders to hear of any complaints they have, including those that break laws. Even though cases are brought to the King's attention mostly via word of mouth, don't expect to commit a crime and get away with it, for everything in Wonderland has a way of turning up after a while...
Posted: Feb 7 2015, 03:04 PM
Royal Court & Powerful Figures
The Queen of Hearts holds the most power in Wonderland, followed closely behind the King. The selection of a new monarch is secretive to everyone not involved; some think it's by birth while others are more inclined to believe it's determined based on a set of criteria unknown to non-royal types. The current Queen was crowned after a coup nobody knew about until the former Queen was sequestered away due to a mental breakdown. There are rumors that the Queen and King favor those who swear loyalty to the Queen, but nobody can quite prove this.
The Knave of Hearts
The Knave of Hearts is the Queen's nephew, and they certainly clash on a multitude of topics. He prefers not to get involved with the Queen's business. It's rare that she'll ask for his opinion on one of the few things they more or less agree on; for the most part, the Knave does his own thing, only carrying out his royal duties when necessary. Lately, though, it seems as though he's disappeared, because nobody can seem to find him.
There are two Knights left over from the old Red monarchy, and they still hold on to their original titles of Red Knight and White Knight. The Queen doesn't have much use for them in regards to the duties of a Knight, but she has them oversee various administrative duties, such as carrying out punishments and making sure proclamations are passed throughout all of Wonderland, when not holding a ceremonial position. Both have been around longer than the Queen, and she takes into account their opinions in regards to various political and social problems. In some ways, they can be just as influential as one of her advisors.
Royal by birth, the Duchess was a humanoid like the rest of the Royal Court, beautiful and cunning as anyone else. She knew her rank since before she could count to ten, so nobody took her quite as seriously as her two childhood friends, the former and current Queens who were first and second in line for the throne, respectively. This cut because she was an equal to the other two in every way except name. As she grew older, she grew uglier, her unhappiness about it causing a rift between her and the other two. The loss of Wonderland magic turned her full human and more beautiful than she had been, much to her delight. Although the current Queen has lowered the rank (and therefore the status) of the Duchess, the Duchess is no friend of the Queen and can certainly pull her own weight if she wants to.
The Cheshire Cat
Word on the street is that if you want something done, you go to the Cheshire Cat. Once a benevolent and playful creature, Alice's death left him twisted, his soul darkening along with the forest he resides in (for he lives in nothing but his own grief). His deals come with a price though, but if you find yourself low enough to go to him, you've probably already exhausted all your other options. Perhaps Wonderland's most devious creature, the Cheshire Cat is loyal to no one but himself and has placed himself as the key player opposite the Queen in the game they currently play.
The White Rabbit
The White Rabbit has always been an enigma. Early on, he gained a reputation for being Wonderland's most secretive socialite, even during the age of whimsy and muchness. There are rumors involving him, his family, and murder, but since nobody really knows anything about him, nobody can prove anything. He has made sure to find favor in all those who hold power above him, even if he doesn't necessarily agree with someone's politics or morals. He's frequently spotted in the company of the Cheshire Cat and is the one in charge of secretly ferrying humans into Wonderland at the Queen's request.