You can find the original thread that inspired this one by ROFLbukkit here: http://www.minecraft...t#entry19603808
The idea of adding it to the Nether was from Amosfriend. Their post can be found on the thread above.
Mind that I am not just copying the original idea, but I am making it my own.
Yes, I do have permission to use the ideas.
This will expand the Nether, and make it more fun to explore. It would also provide a place for Wither Skeletons to spawn more frequently in the Nether. Also, as Nether means “from below”, I believe that it should have a darker side. This would relate to the fire by being burned, and to darkness by the dark colors.
This also fits the theme of the 1.7 update as well!
This would be a moderately rare biome in the Nether, and would resemble to a burned forest. The forest would likely expand from floor to ceiling, and resemble a cavern. There would be dead trees made of WitherWood with charred leaves (WitherWood leaves). The floor would consist mainly of Soul-Sand and Tephra. The Tephra would expand out beneath the biome in a root-like fashion. Beneath would be reservoirs of lava, and layers of NetherRack will resume. Springs of lava will also generate. Finally, ash would occasionally fall from the ceiling much like snow, but thinner and lighter (idea thanks to the creativity of ROFLbukkit.)
- Soul Sand would be ample in Wither Forests due to its relation to the Wither Boss and its construction.
- Tephra would be similar to dirt. (As it is in reality a type of volcanic soil.) When mined, it will drop Tephra. Crops will grow faster on Tephra, slightly decreasing the number of ticks per stage of growth. It would however be difficult to collect, because reservoirs of lava would often be just beneath the first few layers, often being the first.
- Tephra would have a similar texture to sand, however it would be composed of blacks, dark greys, and ash whites.
WitherWood (Withered Wood or Hollow Wood as Alternates)
- WitherWood would be obtained from Wither Trees, which resemble oaks. When mined, it will drop charcoal, but WitherWood would be obtainable through silk touch. WitherWood can be crafted into WitherWood planks, and it burns for longer in a furnace, and produces more charcoal if cooked as opposed to regular wood. Its leaves will be charred leaves, and can be obtained by using shears. Otherwise, it will occasionally drop ash. Which when planted in Tephra, it would result in a WitherWood sapling. It would eventually grow into a new Wither Tree.
- WitherWood would have blacks and greys for texture, resembling a normal wood block.
- WitherWood Planks would be primarily black and grey as well. Can only be obtained through silk touch, and be crafted. This puts greater use to silk touch on axes.
- The Charred Leaves would be similar to normal leaves, but would be black.
- Ash would be an ash white, and would share the same image as redstone, sugar, glowstone dust, etc. . .
- Wither Tree saplings would resemble desert bushes, but black/grey to have the appearance of being burned.
- These could potentially be a new type of mushroom, and it could also potentially be combined with a rare mob drop to make wither potions!
Wither Skeleton spawning would be increased here. Magma Cubes would spawn as normal. Zombie Pigmen spawning would be reduced. Ghasts would not spawn in the area to prevent out of control destruction, just as they don’t spawn by Nether Fortresses.
Possibly Wither Spiders. This was brought up by a poster on page 3/4, and I thought it was a rather good idea.
Other Notes & Popular Suggestions:
WitherWood Planks could possibly be used to make lava-proof boats.
Parts of the biome would glow or emit spark particles to suggest that they are burning.
Tephra could act like watered farmland.
This would be a very useful thing to implement. It has much potential, and could be an essential part of the Nether's expansion. Check out this Nether Stone thread by brinjal66: http://www.minecraft...ith-netherrack/
A type of Wither moss was suggested, I will examine it, work on it, and see if it has potential.
That is all there is so far.
Please comment and share your ideas. The more minds working on this the better. I greatly appreciate feedback, but please, if you are to criticize, please explain your reasoning or use constructive criticism.
. . . And special thanks to: Amosfriend and ROFLbukkit for inspiring ideas.