So, after a longer-than-intended hiatus (as usual), we're back and ready for action. Don't worry, this time we have a HUGE backlog of chapters ready to post in advance, so updates should be much smoother. Get ready for more action, more emotion, more drama, more nice fan-servicey nods than ever before as the story kicks into high-gear and we learn what the Entity's real plan is.
Assuming you're new to the story, welcome to THE CONVERGENCE! This story is a collaborative project run by myself, SuperFire131, Asanetargoss and several other authors. Inspired by the sadly failed RIFT project, we started THE CONVERGENCE up back in 2015 in the hopes of bringing the characters of our various stories together in a unique, new context which reveals new aspects of their character. We see a Fire from long before the events of "Slaves of the Desert Mine", a Fristad lost somewhere in the middle of "The Book of Dreams", a Tyron from long after the events of "Cubic Fire" and many other beloved Minefic characters. I recommend checking out Book 1 if you want to understand all the nuances of what's going on, but don't worry, we've provided a handy-dandy character sheet below, and have written the opening chapters with a new reader in mind.
Anyway, I'm rambling. We've had an absolute blast bouncing all these different characters off each other and we hope you have just as much fun reading their triumphs and tragedies. Now, we hope you enjoy:
Book 2: Tangled Fates
The Story So Far
For years the Entity has lived in darkness on the edge of creation, stealing fragments of more complete realities for its own world, Nexus. It has waited patiently, but now its desire to possess grows too strong and it readies to expand its dominion indefinitely.
At least, until recently. You see, a disparate gang of heroes has recently found itself stuck in Nexus by various means. Some, like the powerful wizard Astro, the heroic power-couple David and Destiny, and the Herobrine-slayer Tyron Dragoknight were actively abducted by the Entity from their various worlds as curiosities and potential chess-pieces. Yet others, such as the young, Herobrine-supporting General, Kay Mandy, or the Herobrine-slaying Steve Brine and Jennifer, interfered in the Entity's plans, and found themselves facing a far larger conspiracy than they'd ever imagined. Yet others, like the Farlands-dwelling sheep farmer, Fristad; the quarter-demon wizard and taco enthusiast, Warnado; and Fire, inhabitant of a Minecraft-based world created with technology ahead of its time, have found themselves in Nexus by random chance and happenstance.
Initially, rather turned around and confused, those heroes not immediately captured accepted the Entity's hospitality and negotiated with it. But then they discovered the horrendous acts of kidnap and torture and murder the Entity has been conducting across the many worlds. The tipping point came when Kay discovered that Astro, a dear friend of his, was being held in wretched conditions by the Entity. This developed into a full escape attempt and then into an out-and-out battle. After surviving being trapped in an arena and an explosive confrontation with The Ender, the Entity's top captain, the new group of allies at last seem to have reached a lull and might be able to escape with their lives.
Fire: A man of two worlds. Fire, whose real name is Peter, is a human being from an alternative earth. Patron of an brain-computer interfacing program, he spends most of his time retreating into a Minecraft-like world to escape from his traumatic past. In the game-world, where time is slower than our own, he has spent the equivalent of 5,000 years as one the immortal Mencur-Besh, fighting and questing and growing stronger and stronger. Standing at a huge three metres tall, covered in black scales, possessing three hearts and being able to extend foot-long claws, Fire is one of the most physically powerful members of the party. He arrived in Nexus after consuming an experimental potion and accidentally being drawn into Nexus. After arriving he encountered Kay and Warnado and the three became an effective trio in the negotiations at the Tower. He departed the Tower shortly before the escape attempt began and has been able to return to his world. Now, having reequipped himself, he is ready to return to Nexus and discover the truth of what is going on.
From "Slaves of the Desert Mine", by SuperFire131
Fristad: A rather unremarkable young adult who, until recently, had the luxury of a life of stable mediocrity, working on an animal farm with his enderman half-blood farming partner. That is... until he encountered a mysterious sentient book with unknown intentions, which would quickly become a large part of his existence. Due to sheer coincidence, Fristad's struggle with the book would eventually lead him through a portal to a Nexus, where he met Steve and Jennifer, and later the rest of the group of travellers misplaced from their former worlds. Now, the book has manipulated him into creating a modified set of diamond armour which can transform him into an enderman, under the promise it will give him the strength to protect his newfound friends.
From "The Book of Dreams", by Asanetargoss
Kay: Kay Mandy has led an eventful five-and-twenty years. Banished at least three times and sentenced to death an embarrassing number of times in his life he has moved from kingdom to kingdom and briefly flitted in and out of public life as a profoundly controversial figure. Most recently, he distinguished himself as "Herobrine's Lap Dog" during the Great Onslaught, playing a key role in the Defence of Zine Craft - where Notch ascended to godhood, the traitorous Israphel was exposed and Herobrine was finally reconciled with the House of Persson. However, in the aftermath of the conflict he has renounced politics, and wishes simply to find a place where he and his friends can settle down. Now, separated from his friends in another dimension and faced with the prospect of another epic quest he's rather miffed about the whole thing. However, he nonetheless is growing increasingly protective of his new companions, particularly the young Warnado.
From "The Tale of Gaia Before Gaia", by astro_joe
Astro: Astro is just ready to pack it in at this point. Having lived through the rebellion of the Court of Righteous Protest and still recovering from Kay's untimely death, he was ready to devote his life to patrolling the Fields of Acrisius, collecting the frozen bodies of the survivors. However, an old enemy recommended him to the Entity as a powerful magic-user to study and he found himself captured. Now, all that defined his world has dispersed. Kay is alive and not crazy and discussing whether or not they should bring Warnado home with them. There are thousands of other worlds. New systems of magic and creatures he had never conceived of are presenting themselves to him as if they always existed. He finds himself suspended between joy at this new start and profoundly saddened by the past he has been torn away from.
From "Fall and a Rise: A Vanillacraft Tale", by kmandy
Warnado: As a taco-loving, part-demon, thirteen-year-old wizard, it's safe to say Warnado is the wildcard of the group. He is energetic, tricksy and inexplicably powerful. Problem is, he doesn't know how to use it. What's worse is that he know he is one of the "heroes of the prophecy" who will rise up and defeat Herobrine. As such, he feels he should probably get home soon and find out who the other prophecy-kids are. That being said, this interdimensional escapade has brought him into contact with several fellow magic-users of different kinds, and he rather hopes he can use this as an opportunity to learn from them and git gud.
From "Minecraft Origins", by TurtleMaster217
Amanda: While Warnado was wandering around, he found himself protecting a small human village and even developed a small relationship with another girl his age, this was Amanda. Sadly, bandits attacked the village, massacred most of the population of the village and sold those they captured into slavery. All this contributed to Warnado's extreme surprise when he found Amanda in a small town in Nexus, having totally forgotten her past and in the possession of a mysterious and powerful-looking energy crystal. Amanda decided to join the party after this, eager to figure out who she was. For someone who was running a cheese stand in a market she is surprisingly adept with a crossbow, making her a valuable addition to the team dynamic.
From "Minecraft Origins", by TurtleMaster217
Steve and Jennifer: Having defeated Herobrine, the Ender Dragon, the Wither and a huge army of undead creatures, Steve Brine and Jennifer are no strangers to adventure and war. However, after Herobrine was defeated and transformed back into Steve's dad they expected their lives to calm down. Aside from Steve's brother Ozen experimenting too much with his cooking, they didn't expect to have much hardship to deal with at all to be honest. As such, they were exceptionally frustrated when a servant of the Entity burst into their lives, tried to steal some mysterious crystals from them, and then warped them into another world with no obvious way back. As such, they were reluctant to go into negotiations and eagerly joined the fight when it started. However, that's not to say they like the other members of the newly-founded group... Aside from Fristad, he’s cool. Oh! and Fire made a good first impression. And-
From "The Herobrine Chronicles", by Nomolos1
Tyron: Tyron is the hero of Minecraftia. He has faced all odds. He killed Herobrine and then for a victory lap stopped the genocidal enderman leader known as The First. Armed with his sentient sword, Kir, and a powerful magic-wielder, he thought he could take anyone. He was wrong. In the course of an attempt to rescue a boy lost in a mine he was captured and psychologically tortured for several weeks by Freak, a phantom in the Entity's employ. Understandably, he is now deeply concerned about The Entity's activities and is ready to write a strongly worded letter and SHOVE IT DOWN THAT NOTCH-DAMNED TRANSLUCENT PSYCHO'S THROAT! It hasn't been all bad though. He's made fast friends with Astro, Destiny and David in their shared captivity and is optimistic about working in a group again.
From "Cubic Fire", by DragonTyron
David & Destiny: David and Destiny are a power-couple if ever there was one. After waking up with total amnesia in a forest, they have spent the last few months surviving massacre after massacre and saving each saving the other's life on multiple occasions. They fought through the Eternal Mine, defeated Herobrine's apprentice, Martin, and confessed their love for each other. In this time they became totally in-sync. David's substantial skill with a bladed gauntlet is complimented perfectly by her offensive magic. No sooner could they breath a sigh of relief than they were approached by the ghosts of their ancestors/past selves and directed toward a mysterious portal which had appeared in their world. Reluctantly, they entered the portal, knowing a great evil lurked beyond that they must defeat. Immediately upon their arrival they were ambushed and captured by the soldiers of Glibby the Ape, one of the Entity's most powerful captains. Now, they are as fully committed to their cause as they are fiercely protective of each other.
From "The Legion Chronicles: The Eternal Mine", by TheLoneAssassino
The Entity: Little is known of this being. It created the Nexus and the Tower, indicating it is a being of immense power. On account of a tightly-fitted suit of bronze armour, it has few obvious weakpoints aside from a pair of white, fabric gloves it wears instead of gauntlets. Without its armour, it appears to be composed of grey TV static in a deeply unstable but vaguely humanoid form. All that is clear is that it will kill and murder and steal anything that gets in the way of its esoteric motivations. It appears to spend its time in The Tower, overseeing the business of dimensional transactions and the coordination of troops.
The Ender: An enderwoman who is the main commander of the Entity's forces. She wears obsidian armour and carries a purple sword that crackles with energy. Acutely observant, she maintains an alliance of convenience with The Entity, in the hope of advancing her people's ambitions. She is currently responsable for suppressing the prison breakout.
Freak: The phantom who kidnapped Tyron. He appears human, aside from talon-like fingers and the fact that light passes through him. He also has the strange ability to only appear visible or tangible to one person at a time, though he can appear before multiple people if he chooses. He has a love of mindgames and is perhaps the cruellest of The Entity's officers. The Entity accordingly allows him the most freedom to roam as he wishes. He has no known troops under him and could be just about anywhere he wishes.
Glibby The Ape: A relatively recent addition at The Tower. Kay and Astro know him as a serial killer who looks like a gorilla, but in Nexus he is one of the Entity's more powerful captains. Covering his huge hands with metal gauntlets, he is formidable alone and even Fire would struggle to walk off even a glancing blow from him. Worse still, he leads the Grey Ones, an elite group of enderman and human mercenaries who streak themselves with grey paint. He has been sent here by the crime-lord known as The Silhouette to defend his interests, under strict instructions to maintain a good relationship with The Entity. So far, he has done well in this respect, helping in the initial capture of David and Destiny and then in suppressing their initial escape attempt. However, due to defections from her own forces, The Ender deeply distrusts him.
Marinus Bul: The Entity's attorney. A smooth negotiator with a stressed streak a mile wide. He has access to The Entity's files on each of the heroes and knows most of their emotional weak-points. It is unclear how he came into The Entity's employ or why. He really hates Freak. Just so much. He makes things so difficult.
The Dog: An officer in The Ender's forces. He has the head of a dog and the body of a man. He is notably polite and wears a monocle.
Silver: Glibby's second-in-command. He is one of the three original Grey Ones, endermen under the Ender's command who were trapped in Kay's world for over ten years. Glibby looked after he and his brothers during that decade, giving them assassin work and protection. In return, Silver reveres Glibby. Silver has also been plotting revenge on Kay ever since, and unsuccessfully attempted to kill him during the prison-break by trapping he and several others in an arena full of deadly monsters. He and his brothers were the Endermen who initially kidnapped Astro.
Steve (as well?): A strange figure who appears to be able to teleport. He has contacted Kay on multiple occasions, warning him against The Silhouette. He also appeared to Astro, David, Destiny and Tyron before their ill-fated escape attempt.
From "A Tale Known by Only One" by Bruvvy.
The Lady of Dreams: A benevolent phantom who occasionally visits Peter/Fire in his dreams with the goal of helping him come to terms with his traumatic past. However, since she followed him into Nexus she has seemed increasingly distressed.
We hope you enjoy!
Don't forget to check out Book 1: Shattered Dimensions: https://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/show-your-creation/fan-art/literature/2377178-the-convergence-book-1-shattered-dimensions