Hi, I'll apologise in advance that I'm possibly quite clueless.
I've only recently started to explore the nether, I'm a big wuss and it's really quite terrifying yet thrilling. Anyway, I've created a few more portals from within the nether hoping that they might take me closer to my home in the overworld so that I don't have to trek so far to get to the Nether fortress that I found. Anyway, I just created a new portal from the nether and when I stepped though it, it brought me to a freaky grey stone room and up popped 'achievement unlocked - eye spy' or something to that effect. My 9 year old said it was a fortress and said something about an end portal and that I'd better get out of there... I obviously took her advice. I know little about 'The End' other than it sounds awful, but I didn't think it was possible to stumble into it? I would be very grateful if anyone could give me a clue as to what's happened here? Is it a glitch, or some delightful find? Why would placing a portal in that random spot take me to that place? And is that place in the nether? There was lava, but when I went back through the portal it took me back to the nether via the first portal I ever came through.
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First I would suggest reading the nether and nether portal wikis. Those are very helpful.
All portals have a link to the overworld. The nether is a 1/8 scale of the overworld. Meaning that for every one block you travel in the nether, you travel 8 blocks in the overworld. This allows players to create portals to different locations in their world and cut down on travel time. For instance, I have several farms that are more than 1000 blocks from my main base. I use portals and tunnels in the nether to get to them so I only have to travel less than 200 blocks to get to them instead of the 1000. Much faster.
As for you achievment and portals from the nether: The portal you created in the nether created one in the overworld when you went through it. The new portal generated in a stronghold. Stongholds are in the overworld and house an end portal. The end portal will take you to the end so you can fight the ender dragon. Strongholds are a maze of rooms and one of them has the end portal. It just happenstance that your portal generated there.
I'm not sure why going back through that portal would have taken you back to your first portal other than a glitch or portal linking issues.
Yes, scorrp, that’s right! Only portal C wasn’t quite IN the fortress but closer to it. I find the whole thing really freaky, surely the chances of that happening are really low? [/p]
Good to know I’m not going to somehow stumble into the end, though, thanks! [/p]
I took some screen shots of the various portals so I’ll post the coordinates.[/p]
First portal in overworld (Portal A) -2508.712 / 69 / -1203.510[/p]
Game created initial portal in Nether, portal B -313.239 / 66 / -144.978[/p]
Portal I created closer to the nether fortress (Portal C) -307.135 /98 / -120.7 that leads to.....[/p]
Inside the stronghold (Portal D)-2452.286 / 22 / -970.298 which leads back to B[/p]