Introduction to the Cylinder World - an inside view in The Cylinder's Library | World Anvil

Introduction to the Cylinder World - an inside view

You open the introductory file to find a small letter. It goes as follow:  
Dear newcomer,   I suppose you have no idea where you are, nor how you found yourself there. That is to be expected. The confusion may go quickly, or stay for a rather long time.   My name is Nat Libris. It is a name I gave myself a while ago, when I first left this place. You see, I so happen to be your predecessor of sorts. I first appeared years ago, in this room filled with these books. I didn’t understand much at first, and nothing was there to let me understand. So I read.   In any case, here is the purpose of this file: to try and ease that initial confusion, to provide a tiny bit of initial guidance. Welcome to the Library, and more importantly, welcome in the Cylinder! This document will provide you with some guidance, and help you learn the bases of this world.   Yours,   Nat  

A Cylinder world

Observe this map of the Cylinder itself.
the Cylinder
A relief general map of the Cylinder.
Whether you remember where you are from or not, whether you even are from anywhere, I suppose this is one of the main things to learn about this place. You are finding yourself inside a gigantic cylinder, rotating on itself. On one side of that world is the Circle : one of the world’s main sources of light, it is a gigantic bubble that feeds the plants and marks the days and seasons. On the other side is the Space: it is a dark circle you can always see in the horizon. What lays beneath is unknown by all.   The related document is a map of the world itself. I found it was easier to understand its sheer size with some figures: If one were to start walking toward the east, completely ignoring the oceans, they would take more than ninety days to walk around the Cylinder back home. And that is without ever stopping to rest or eat. A more reasonable journey would take more than a year by foot, two years when taking the landscape into account.  

Inhabitants of this world

As you may expect, the world you are experiencing is populated. A great and wide variety of lifeforms exist within its boundaries, constantly interacting and adapting to their surroundings. Among these lifeforms, a few animal species have taken part in an even greater play, called civilizations. These species use a common name to distinguish themselves from the rest: they call themselves Humans.   The main three species of humans populating the Cylinder are calling themselves Hominis, Birdkins, and Condoris. Other species of this world share similar levels of intelligence. However, while they may be integrated into local groups or civilizations, none are as universally recognized as «Humans» as these three. Although the first are apes and the second are closely related to parrots, Hominis and Birdkins share behavioral similarities. They are hierarchical, altruistic yet greedy, arrogant, and cannot fare on their own. While they are integrated in society, Condoris are... different. Some documents have been filed related to the human and non-human lifeforms of this Cylinder. You may want to explore and look at them as you go.  
by Pouaseuille

Our whereabouts

You may be wondering where you currently are. You may even be wondering what you are. Sadly, there is little I can tell you to satisfy either of these inquiries.   I call this place the Library, or the Cylinder’s Library. Which doesn’t do a lot to describe it. There are thousands of towns and cities in this world, most of them are equipped with libraries of their own. And yet, we aren’t in any of them. Not really.   As for you, well, the best way I can describe it is to say you are an Audience. I believe this makes us slightly closer to a book, or a written document, than to an actual person living in this world. However, I wouldn’t know.   At the moment, you probably aren’t able to interact a lot with this surrounding world. However, this may change. If you look deep enough, and after a while, you may be able to find new ways to interact. You may also manage to find yourself outside the world.
by Pouaseuille

More documents?

  I believe this will suffice as an introduction. For now on, you wander in the room, and to read whichever documents appeal to you. As you get further in your investigations, you will find more documents progressively become available to you. For the beginning, I would suggest you to pay attention to some specific guiding thread. Why don’t you first follow this set of letters?   Finally, before you focus on these other files, may I suggest you take the attached notebook? There is not much upon it, and simply reading through it will not help you in itself: you will find it filled with gibberish. However, when investigating other documents, you might sometimes find yourself drawn to the notebook. Should you open it in those moments, you will find information I have personally added. Go on, now. Explore.
    Do you choose to take the notebook?  

What do you want to read next?

One set of letters have been placed down your table.
by Pouaseuille
Two similar files have been placed. They seem to relate to two medium-sized towns: Springvley, and Figmenton.  
by Pouaseuille
One journal article has been placed here.
by Pouaseuille

Cover image: by Pouaseuille


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Lucas Wilde
Lucas Wilde
13 Sep, 2020 03:33

This article is just purely amazing! I love how you took up the role of a fictional character named "Wakey" and took us through the Cylinder, a world concept that is quite nice to start with (you don't come across cylinder-shaped worlds on a daily basis, you know.) and you've elaborated on it quite nicely too. You've used simple words, yet conveyed massive amounts of information without making it feel like an exposition dump. When it comes to the maps and drawings, i'm simply speechless. They look neat and fantastic! The colours give out a very warm vibe, and the fantasy feel is captured nicely. In short, I love your article. I look forward to more amazing articles like this.

13 Sep, 2020 16:12

Thanks a lot for your comment ! I'm glad the idea of a presentation from that character was well-taken : I wanted to keep an internal point of view for this introductive article. Glad as well that you liked the artworks! I sure do have more to come.

With love,   Pouaseuille.
Lucas Wilde
Lucas Wilde
13 Sep, 2020 16:38

Speaking of which, I should pull myself together to write my own world’s meta article.

13 Sep, 2020 16:50

It is a good idea! It can both help a reader to understand what's going on, and you to keep in mind what the central pieces of your work are ;)

With love,   Pouaseuille.
Lucas Wilde
Lucas Wilde
18 Sep, 2020 06:52

I just finished my meta article! Check it out here: Any kind of comment is appreciated!

18 Sep, 2020 13:02

If I'm not mistaken, i cannot access the article. Are you sure it is public?

With love,   Pouaseuille.
Lucas Wilde
Lucas Wilde
18 Sep, 2020 13:11

Sorry, I forgot to make it public. Check it out now. It's published. Sorry!

Sage Timepool
Garrett Grace Lewis
20 Mar, 2021 07:09

Cool concept, appealing writing style, and some good setup! I really like that you got a couple unanswered questions set up here— great way to hook readers in with your intro!   One thing I would strongly encourage you to look at— the maps really make the article choppy when scrolling through the article, even with good internet. I'd recommend either placing them behind spoilers— so the article is smooth while they're hidden— or removing them entirely.

22 Mar, 2021 10:40

Hello!   Thank you for this comment. Indeed, I didn't think of putting the map into spoilers, I'll definitely switch to that.

With love,   Pouaseuille.
machida uchiha
19 Oct, 2021 17:14

I agree!!

29 Jan, 2022 17:31

Okay my first time being on this website and I'm already amazed!!! This is the 1st world I clicked on and its so interesting!

30 Jan, 2022 19:19

Hi! Aww, thanks for this! Glad this made you hook to the website then.   Enjoy your readings!

With love,   Pouaseuille.
12 Sep, 2022 00:17

Edit to More documents. ..progressively get ( become) avaialble...... Over all nice bit of mystery introduction.

12 Sep, 2022 06:42

Thanks! That is corrected.

With love,   Pouaseuille.
Eternal Sage Wordigirl
LexiCon (WordiGirl)
12 Sep, 2022 00:41

This new theme, coloration, and overall feel gives the world an even more mysterious vibe. The previous site was still quite curious and intriguing, but the pictures and colors were light and whimsical in nature. Now, I feel like I'm reading a mysterious choose-your-path puzzle game or something! :)

12 Sep, 2022 06:41

That is mostly what I hope to achieve :) Thank you!

With love,   Pouaseuille.
13 Sep, 2022 16:14

Beautiful introduction article. <3 I love the people size chart especially.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
1 Feb, 2023 06:03

Awesome Introduction very excited to read more. There are figures describing how long it would take to walk or go along the cylinders surface but what about through the atmosphere? Could a parrot fly straight through the clouds to the other side? Speaking of clouds are they all bunched up in the middle or do they form their own cylinder within the first? Maybe there is already Amelia Earhart-esque articles of adventures parrots I haven't found yet.

1 Feb, 2023 18:16

Thanks for these words!   Indeed, while there's a fair bit of calculation behind the structure of the Cylinder, most of the figures are undisclosed for now.   To answer this question, a bird would not be able to fly through to the other side, because the middle of a Cylinder is roughly at a vacuum. The atmospheric pressure diminishes as you go toward the center, in a similar fashion as it does with height on a planet. As a result, you are basically in empty space long before the center of the Cylinder. Since birds' flight requires air to create lift, a bird would not fly any more at this point! (Also, the Cylinder is far too large for a bird to actually reach up there without dying of exhaustion first)   A projectile however, now that's a different question!

With love,   Pouaseuille.