The Apocalypse Prevention Party
We're drunk, heavily armed, and we're here to save the world.One part Burning Man, one part vigil, the Apocalypse Prevention Party is an irregularly held festival deep within the Shadow of Lauterbrunnen Valley in Switzerland. At every total lunar eclipse, an ancient structure called the Gates of Tomorrow opens a path to the shadow of the moon, and doom hangs over the world like a sword of Damocles. Combining fun with function, party-goers flock here to bar the Gate, preventing anyone from going up there and doing something stupid with sheer number and drunken enthusiasm.
Party at the End of the World
If there's one thing we agree on, and probably never more than that - we don't want the world to end. It's where we keep all our stuff.Once a somber affair known as the Vigil at the World's End, the Apocalypse Prevention Party is the latest incarnation of an ancient tradition. For as long as there has been a moon up there, eager to kill everyone, there have been people around looking to stop it. When keeping the gate secret was no longer an option, its guardians took the opposite approach and crowd-sourced preventing the apocalypse. People, not keen to see everything die, took to the idea and the name stuck.
The rules are simple; don't hurt anyone and don't mess with the Gates of Tomorrow.
Once open, the Gates of Tomorrow remains open for around 12 to 24 hours, though the party can last longer.On the more practical side, the party often brings powerful spellslingers together in one place and with one purpose. Before getting started on the festivities, magic is worked to keep the Gates safe from tampering - great wards are placed around the stone, old enchantments replaced, and pacts forged with guardian spirits. There's a certain element of one-upmanship to the whole party that makes the Gates of Tomorrow perhaps one of the most secure places in the world, magic or mundane.
And the first ward of all is to sober up anyone who gets too close to the standing stones.Though infrequent, the Apocalypse Prevention Party sometimes becomes a battleground when some megalomaniac wizard thinks he can breach the gates and find true ultimate power or something equivalent. In the face of so much combined magical might, unfettered from any restraint by a sense of righteous cause and plenty of alcohol, it has never gone well for any would-be world-conquerer.
Once more, into the Breach - whoever gets closest drinks free for the rest of the party!One of the few regularly organized events during the Apocalypse party, the Breach is a trial of the gate's defenses. Wit, cunning, and subtle magic is put to the test under the watchful eyes of sober judges and their twitchy assistants.
Always. Every damn time.Participation is opened at a certain time, and competitors are free to strike at any point during the open hours. Brute force, harming defenders, or otherwise making a mess results in the offender being immediately ejected from the party and sometimes the land of the living.
Murderous MoonThough few know the details, the moon has always been trouble. When it is full, the wall between worlds weaken, monsters awaken, and trouble brews. Magic itself shifts, depending on the magical tradition. It might be a prison, it might be a great magic focus, it might even be a god. Whatever it is, it's the kind of thing it's better if no one goes poking around on.
The Moon Wants To Murder You: Fact or Fiction?
The moon; innocent turner of tides, or malicious bastard just waiting for a chance to stab us all in the back?
Very rarely, something emerges from the Gates of Tomorrow, usually with enough malice to sober up everyone present.
Shadow of the MoonThe Shadow lies atop the mortal world, like a veil of oil on water. It's where things that go bump in the night hide when the sun goes up, where magic dwells, and where wizards and witches live away from prying eyes. It's a plane of existence that mirrors the world. From here, people in the Prime are like insubstantial shades. It isn't quite a 1-to-1 translation of the real world, but close - and the shadow of the moon is a forbidding, dangerous place, even for the most powerful warlock.
Like an oily stain across reality, the Shadow co-exists with the real world and hides monsters of magic.
Fortunately, magi can still build their own places, independent of the mirror cast by Prime. The stage for the Apocalypse Prevention Party, for instance.