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The Rapture Cycle is the framework established by OH GOD THE RAPTURE IS BURNING and in which all subsequent stories take place. It is named for the central eldritch horror its stories revolve around: Rapture, the ancient universe-eating abomination, as well as the circumstances leading up to and resulting from its defeat. This page will cover the overall canon of the cycle as well as stories related to the canon, for convenience.

It's main website/blog is the blindrapture Tumblr.

Main contents of the Rapture Cycle

The stories of the cycle are written by DJay32 and deals primarily with the analysis, deconstruction, and exploration of Jordan Dooling and the Fear Mythos in general.

  • OH GOD THE RAPTURE IS BURNING: A 1500-page novel depicting a boy's attempts to survive the terminal coming of Rapture on Earth, and the life and struggles of Tiresias as he tries to adapt to becoming a Fear. Introduces a few dozen Fears and the nature of Rapture.
  • PLAN 31: RISE OF MCFEAR: An ongoing comedy blog, dealing with characters from Rapture and Topography Genera (among others) stumbling into another world where they are defended in court by Frank Slenderman, attorney at law.

Other stories

These are stories not necessarily in the cycle but in its canon, or playing upon the canon.

"Christmas Specials"

Stories written without DJay's involvement

Fears in the cycle

The Fears are portrayed as something resembling a pantheon of mythical gods and associated eldritch beings, with the exact number changing sporadically over time. New Fears can come either by migrating from other universes, by existing Fears splitting into two, or even by mortals ascending to higher planes of existence. Likewise, the Fear count can go down by means of Fears migrating to other universes, killing each other, or even in some instances being killed by mortals. No official list of Fears can be given as it's questionable within the canon what constitutes a "Fear" in the first place.

The Great Game is described, by Salmacis, as having been an arbitrary set of rules for killing people created by The Beast and The Ecclesiarchway a long time before the apocalypse. Many Fears participated, even though The Ecclesiarchway would often change the rules without telling anyone. She likens the Game in the canon to that of bored children playing, in keeping with Tiresias likening the pre-apocalypse Fears to a childish treehouse.

Setting

The setting of the cycle is referred to simply as "the Totality of existence." Certain powerful beings describe it as a multitude of universes, a science experiment, and a "real-life internet" (with each website as a universe). No one knows exactly where the matter that makes up this Totality came from, not even the "parliament" that exists outside of it and got it moving in the first place. According to one member of parliament, life should have been impossible in the Totality's parameters, so a force or entity that created life has been speculated.

Within the Totality, there are universes with varying rules. Some allow for time travel in movements other than forwards, but in those universes all existence is pointless. Some allow for gods. The Earth's universe, named "Ceverse" by cults for unstated reasons, does not allow for either. The Fears are outside forces, having come to the Ceverse on the run from a much more dangerous entity.

On an even more local scale, the Earth is virtually the same in the cycle as in real life up until May 2011, where the threatening apocalypse changes geography, population, and the laws of physics themselves.

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