Introduction to Artificial Paradise

Oh, it's paradise with a nasty bite.
Now this planet is a lush and beautiful place. 292 years ago the sapient creatures inhabiting it was decimated by a plague they named Darkness. Everybody infected became pale and rotting Zombies . Darkness is not like other plagues, Darkness is sentient. The zombies feasted on the living and spread Darkness across the planet.   To save himself and his loved ones a famous inventor created a country that could fly, Ilo. Everybody who was not infected by darkness and could travel to the country could enter. Then the new haven rose into the sky. Safe from Darkness.   But Darkness lives in every heart.  

Magic

 
It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.
— Sherlock Holmes. A Scandal in Bohemia
This world is a part of my Lappriverse which means that Dragons from another planet have stepped through the Astral Layer and settled on this planet.   The common people living on this planet do not know that there is magic in the world or that sapient dragons, vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks and other supernatural creatures exist. They believe that those kinds of creatures are fairytales from the old world.   All supernatural creatures have their own magic. While there is also magic that anyone can use. Ark is a magical material that only the rich people knows about. The common people believe that it's a natural material that makes clothes more special and expensive. Which is true, but it's not all that it is. Those who have the knowledge can use the magic in the material.  

Geography

 
The chief proof of man's real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness.
— Sherlock Holmes, Sign of the four
There is only one continent on this planet and only one country. The country isn't landbound. Since there are no countries on land the people living on the land live in Outpost Cities spread across the world. There are more of them in warmer places.   The only rules they all have in common are: "No outsiders allowed.", "Facemasks should be worn at all times." and "No meat allowed."  
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  The flying city of Ilo trades with most of the Outpost cities when they hover past. There is a black market on meat since Ilo produces it and the Outpost cities don't allow meat. Because it is believed that the Darkness comes from meat.   Ilo is all artificial but prides itself on having the most beautiful flowers and plants on the planet. The Garderners takes special care of them. But something things aren't as they seem.  

Creatures

 
The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.
— Sherlock Holmes, The Hound of the Baskervilles
  Both sapient and sentient dragons live on this planet, the sentient dragons like species are called Dragonlings. Most people only know about the existence of the Dragonlings as they are used as pets.   Since the sapient Dragons are keeping themselves hidden, the only known sapient species are the Humans. Though, the humans aren't the only ones on the top of the food chain. The Darkness isn't the only thing hunting humans. There are demons from the Astral Layer and other creatures that need sustenance.  

The Stories

 
I trust that age doth not wither nor custom stale my infinite variety.
— Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the empty house
I am currently working on two series in this world. “The Mysterious Adventures of Sherry & Jon” are the stories I’m planning to release first.  

The Mysterious Adventures of Sherry & Jon

Sherlock "Sherry" Holmes is looking for a new roommate. John "Jon" Watson is looking for a cheaper apartment so he can keep working as a nurse for 50% and as a new streamer and video maker.   This is a CYOA series where the readers will help Sherry and Jon find the murderers or solve another mystery.  

Ace of Spades

The books in this series are slice-of-life romantic one-shots. This means that each book follows a couple falling in love and each book is a standalone self-contained story. The people in this series live in the same city and they more or less know each other. At least one person in every couple is asexual.    

Genre

Romance (LGBTQ+), Dystopian urban fantasy with some cyberpunk. Most stories taking place in this world are also Slice of life.

Kudos

If nothing else is stated the artwork and content are copyrighted to BasicDragon.   However, some textures and other things might have been bought for commercial use over on the Creative Market, most photographs have been found on Unsplash.
           

Cover image: by Dan Petrov

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