The Nightmare Realm
Far back in time, a flash of light erupted which quickly faded into everlasting darkness...
A world parallel to ours exists. A place of unimaginable horrors based in a landscape that is constantly adapting and evolving. Within this harsh atmosphere there lives ancient beings. Creatures that have learned to harness the power of their ever-changing world and use it for their most basic need, survival.
Food in this world was a scarce resource to find, so the Aedifex and Sedibus searched without and within to find a means to feed. It was only by accident that one of the elders found a telepathic connection to another being, one that was meek and easy to influence. This beings reaction to the Aedifex was one of pure fear, and after the meeting the creature had felt something it had never before, fulfillment.
While practicing and honing its skill the Aedifex learned more about the beings it was using. They called themselves "humans" and they were most vulnerable when they had the least self control, within sleep. The Aedifax utilized its ability to adapt by altering its image and forcing the humans to perceive their true fears. In another world these experiences were deemed "Nightmares" but within the Realm it was called the Feeding.
As time went on the Aedifex became the creators, the architects that forged the ideas and atmospheres during the Feedings. For the fear of the humans was one that was ever evolving, just as the creatures of the Realm and their world. The Aedifex used these times to learn what they would need to feed, how to create the perfect Event. The Sedibus were the ones who brought the Events to life. They brought the spark of darkness that began the Feedings.
The Feedings went on for ages, until one day an Aedifex created a new kind of connection. A connection that was so strong, the creatures of the Realm were pulled into the new world. Now face to face with the beings they had fed off for so long it awoke something evil within the creatures. Their worlds were now connected and the Aedifex knew just how to this time. Pulling parts of their own world through the portal, they were able to change the environment of the humans, creating a real world nightmare state unlike anything ever seen. The humans fear was exquisite. Death, torture, and chaos. It became known as "The Feast."
The first Feast only existed for fleeting moments, but the creatures wanted more. Vowing to open the portal once again, the Aedifex continued to search for the perfect connection. Over time these Feasts were scattered, but a pattern began to form. The "Extinction Events," which humans called them, started to become more frequent and more deadly with every visit.
It was only a matter of time until the creatures found a way to sustain the portal and truly unleash the terror on humanity they desired to feed.
Extinction Event #16:
Cypress Hollow was one of those small towns. A place that was so close to being rural, but was so dangerously suburban. Where you could smell the burning of leaves, while simultaneously inhaling the scent of Pumpkin Spice Lattes. A place where exterior exploration once ruled supreme, but has now been overthrown by a character on the screen and a controller in hand. Where mothers hovered, and fathers kept watch on the grill. A place that Trista could never call her true home.
Although an ordinary girl in every way, there was one thing that made Trista extraordinary... the voices. A different place, maybe a different time, she would have been respected, even revered for her abilities. But in Cypress Hollow it caused her nothing but pain and torment.
Since she was young, Trista could hear the voices of something unknown to her. When she told her parents of these strange sounds that no one else could hear they took her to the town doctor. After many days of testing and all the drugs he could throw at her it was determined that her "voices" were a fragment of her imagination and that she was too old for playing these games. Continually growing in their intensity, the voices made it harder and harder to focus at school.The students and faculty who once worried for her, now had grown disdain for Trista and herbizarre ways. As time passed, disdain became hatred as it often does, which spread throughoutthe town like a disease. An infection, that even touched the parents that once loved and onlywanted to help their sweet daughter. Only few remained who saw the true girl within, but theywere not enough to silence the masses.
She was now a "Freak" to the rest of them. An outcast with nowhere to go. Until one day she realized she could turn inward. A world of darkness filled with the voices that have always been there. Once there to torment her, she now saw them as a comfort. Over time she was able to understand their language. Silently she was able to be an observer within their society, she felt connected. This connection grew until she finally broke her silence. Trista had somehow created a telepathic bridge between herself and the Aedifex allowing her to communicate with these creatures.
From then on she lived her daily life in our world, while consciously existing in their realm. She had finally found the balance within her life that she had never experienced before, until the scale was tipped.
While returning home from the library one day Trista was approached by some of the kids from school. They had come up with a hoax to scare her by taking her to the old industrial center and tying her up to a noose. It was never meant to go too far in most of their minds, it was just a joke after all. But one girl decided it was time to teach Trista a lesson, and kicked Trista off the ledge. While hanging there Trista's consciousness escaped her shell of a body into the Realm, creating a portal from their world to ours. Extinction Event #16 was recorded to have begun this day, October 23rd, 1993.