Digital World-Building Part 1: World
The Physical Universe is the reality which humans originate from, made of physical matter and existing in a space-time consisting of three dimensions of Euclidean space and one dimension of time, often referred to Minkowski space-time.
Earth is the planet within the Physical Universe from where humans originate, and thus far the only planet in said universe known to be capable of supporting any form of life, specifically organic life. It is part of the Solar System, in the Gould Belt in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, which in turn is part of the Virgo Suercluster, itself within the Laniakea Supercluster.
The Internet is Earth’s global system of interconnected computer networks that uses the Internet protocol suite to communicate between networks and devices, a network of networks that consists of private, public, academic, business, and government networks of local to global scope, linked by a broad array of electronic, wireless, and optical networking technologies. The Internet carries a vast range of information resources and services, such as the inter-linked hypertext documents and applications of the World Wide Web, electronic mail, telephony, and file sharing. It is the weak point between the Physical and Digital Universes.
World Wide Web
The Internet is not synonymous with World Wide Web, commonly known as the Web, as the Internet pre-dated the Web in some form by over two decades and upon which technologies the Web is built. The Web is an information system where documents and other web resources are identified by Uniform Resource Locators, which may be interlinked by hyperlinks, and are accessible over the Internet. The resources of the Web are transferred via the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, may be accessed by users by a software application called a web browser, and are published by a software application called a web server. The Web is categorized into three general subsections – the Surface Web, the Deep Web, and the Dark Web.
Also known as the Visible Web, Indexed Web, Indexable Web or Lightnet, the Surface Web is the portion of the World Wide Web that is readily available to the general public and searchable with standard web search engines. It consists of only 10% of the information that is on the internet.
Also called the Invisible or Hidden Web, consists of parts of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard web search engines. It includes many common uses such as web mail, online banking, private or otherwise restricted social media pages and profiles, some web forums that require registration for viewing content, and services that users must pay for and which are protected by pay walls, such as video on demand and some online magazines and newspapers. It should not be confused with the Dark Web.
The World Wide Web that exists on darknets, which require specific software, configurations, or authorization to access. It is notorious for being a safe haven for all sorts of criminal activity, including the creation of various types of malwares. Data from this malware that seeps into the Digital World accumulates in the Dark Area.
The Great Firewall is the dimensional boundary between the Physical and Digital Universes. However, the development of electronic computer technology in the Physical World has gradually caused it to weaken, starting with the completion of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer in 1942 and ENIAC in 1945, and increasing significantly with the release of the World Wide Web to the general public in 1991. With the Firewall’s increasing frailty, it’s possible that a significantly large nuclear electromagnetic pulse, such as a Carrington-class solar super-storm directly hitting the Earth, could break this boundary. While the Great Firewall is invisible to the Physical World, it is observable from the Digital World as its ‘sky’, with data from the Physical World observable in forms resembling auroras or celestial objects.
The reality which Digimon originate from, made from electronic data. It exists in a non-Euclidean time-space that humans are unable to fully comprehend or perceive due to the limitations of their senses. A year in the Digital Universe is about the length of a day in the Physical Universe.
Similar to our universe, much of the Digital World consists of a vast empty expanse, referred to as Digital Space, although its precise properties differ. Humans who still have a Physical Body can enter it without any ill effect, but most digital lifeforms, including Digimon and Data Bodied humans, who are exposed to the environment will quickly start to deteriorate as their data cannot hold itself together, a process known as Digital Entropy. Only a Digimon of a sufficiently high enough level can traverse it without suffering ill effect, otherwise some form of doorway must be used, such as the Dante Gate, or subjects must be kept in some sort of protective containment, such as a Digivice. Appmon are able to protect themselves from Digital Space by retreating into their Appmon Chip.
The Surface Web is the area of the Digital World which runs parallel to the Surface Web of the Internet of the Physical World. It is the location of the Applipelago, which is inhabited by the Digital Lifeforms known as Appmon.
The Applipelago is a cluster of ‘islands’ floating in Digital Space in the zone closest to the Great Firewall. As result of the first true smartphone being released in 1994, the dissipated data of Digimon who became lost in Digital Space was able to concentrate here and reconfigure itself into a new digital lifeform known as Appmon. This concentration and reconfiguration began to accelerate rapidly thanks to the rising popularity of internet-connected smartphones and their apps in 2007, allowing Appmon to build their own stable society. Appmon were finally able to make contact with the Digital World in 2016, allowing the creation of the Dante Gate and the formation of an alliance between two communities.
Unlike Digimon, Appmon are not bound by the authority of the Singularity or its subordinates, and in turn the Digital World recognizes the independence of Appmon society. Due to their proximity to the Great Firewall, Appmon generally have a more accurate understanding of the Physical World than their Digimon counterparts.
The Applipelago is divided into seven Districts, one for each of the seven Appmon types. Appmon generally stick to the district that matches their type but are free to dwell wherever they so wish. Districts are essentially city-states, and their governing bodies in many ways resemble ancient Athenian Democracy or the Roman Republic. The districts are as listed:
Social District, indicated by a blue emoji symbol.
Navigation District, indicated by a green compass symbol.
Tool District, indicated by a purple wrench symbol.
System District, indicated by a yellow gear symbol.
Game District, indicated by an orange joypad symbol.
Entertainment District, indicated by a red screen symbol.
Life District, indicated by a pink heart symbol.
Located at the centre of the Applipelago, the Dante Gate is a doorway connecting the Applipelago and the Digital World, allowing Applimon and Digimon to travel back and forth between the two without having to traverse through Digital Space. It is tended to by the 7Code Appmon, representatives of each of the Appmon types. When a crisis occurs in the lower parts of the Digital Universe, the Gate is shut to keep the Applipelago safe from threats, and it can be only be reopened by its guardian, Dantemon. Only once the crisis has subsided will the 7Code Appmon use the sacred relic, the 7Code Pad, to App Gattai into Dantemon and reopen the Gate.
This is the part of the Digital Universe that runs parallel to the Deep Web of the Internet of the Physical World, and it is the location of the Digital World proper. Other Digital Worlds, such as Iliad and Witchelny are known to exist, however the former was destroyed in attack by Yggdrasil_7DE.
Because the Deep Web is much further from the Firewall that the Applipelago, knowledge about the Physical World amongst the vast majority of Digimon tends to be rather spotty, consisting of a collection of everything from half-truths to conspiracy theories, with some Digimon even believing that the Physical World is nothing more than an outright myth.
The Digital World is the ‘planet’ where Digimon originate. While primitive Digital Lifeforms have always existed in the Digital Universe, the creation of the Atanasoff-Berry computer in 1942 and the ENIAC in 1945, the world’s first electronic computer, allowed data from the Physical World to seep into the Digital World, altering the early lifeforms and beginning their development into what would eventually become the first Digimon. Major milestones such as the creation of the first computer networks in the 1960s, and the merging of these networks into the Internet in the 70s and 80s, coinciding with the introduction and rising popularity of home computers, accelerated this development, leading the Singularity to develop the Homeostasis network. But by far the biggest influence on the Digital World was the introduction of the World Wide Web in the early 90s, allowing the general public access to the Internet. By 1997, Digimon had become the dominant lifeform in the Digimon World, and the first version of the Yggdrasil host computer, Y_7CD, was brought online by the Singularity so as to maintain order among the rapidly growing Digimon population.
The core of the Digital World and the dwelling place of the Singularity, the ‘God’ of the Digital Universe, and the focal point of the Digital World, akin to the Sun of the Solar System. It even appears as such in the skies of the Terminals.
Also known as the ‘World Tree’, the Sever Tree is the main body of the host computer Yggdrasil, and acts the pillar supporting the Terminals of the Digital World, holding them and the Kernel together.
Originally created as part of Y_7D3’s Project Ark, the Terminals are the ‘layers’ of Digital World, and the main home of its various Digimon species. Digimon generally tend to stick around on the layer that best suits their attribute, i.e., Vaccine on Skuld, Free, Variable and Data on Verthandi, and Virus and Unknown on Urd, although they are free to live where they please. The three Terminals are self-governing, but still answer to the ultimate authority of Yggdrasil who acts on behalf of the Singularity.
Floating between the Terminals exist many ‘islands’, properly known as Zones, which themselves are mini-worlds inhabited by various Digimon. These Zones are under the jurisdiction of their respective Terminal. A network of Trailmon allows other Digimon to travel anywhere in the Digital World save for the Kernel, which can only be accessed by Yggdrasil, Homeostasis, and the Three Archangels.
The topmost layer of the Digital World, closet to the Kernel and acting as its ‘heaven’, Skuld Terminal appears as a large continent floating above a sea of clouds. It is the favoured dwelling of Vaccine attribute Digimon, and is divided into three concentric regions, known as Spheres.
Skuld is also, due to the non-Euclidean time-space of the Digital Universe, the layer that is the second closest to the border between the Deep and Dark Web. The Armies of Heaven who dwell in Skuld wait ever at the ready should a threat from the Dark Area break through the Urd Terminal, as their Vaccine attribute gives them a natural advantage over the horrors of the Dark Area.
1st Sphere: Celestial Citadel
The innermost Sphere, the Celestial Palace is the dwelling of the highest-ranking of Holy and Angelic Digimon. It is the seat of the Three Archangels, Seraphimon, Ofanimon, Cherubimon, who govern the Skuld Terminal and who command the ranks of the Holy Army. Clavis Angemon guards the Zenith Gate, the doorway to the Kernel, and the enlightened Shakamon meditates beneath the branches of the Server Tree. Anubismon gathers the data of deceased Digimon and prepares them to be reborn as Digtama in Verthandi Terminal’s Village of Beginnings, while Rasielmon interprets messages from the Singularity in order to divine the potential futures of the Digital World.
2nd Sphere: City of Angels
The bustling metropolis is the home of most of the other Holy and Angelic Digimon. One of this Sphere's main points of interest is Avalon Castle, the headquarters of the Royal Knights, who rest here when they are not on a mission. Also here is the Great Digimon Library, which house a wealth of texts and other media. Of particular note is the Digimon and Appmon Analyzer Project, which preserve and categorizes the source codes of all Digimon and Appmon in the Digimon Reference Book and the Appmon Chip Reference Book respectively, as well as record any information on extinct or cryptic species.
3rd Sphere: Paradise Gardens
All other Vaccine Digimon who do not fall under the categories of Holy or Angelic inhabit the countryside of the outermost Sphere, which consists of a patchwork of various biomes.
The island of New Iliad is the home of the Olympus XII, who relocated here after the destruction of their own Digital World.
The middle layer of the Digital World, and the dwelling place of most Data, Free and Variable attribute Digimon. Data Digimon are the most vulnerable to the entities that lurk in the Dark Area, hence it is the Terminal furthest from it, with the relatively resistant Free and Variable Digimon providing a last line of defence should the worst to happen. Verthandi is the layer that bears that most resembles the Physical Earth and is somewhat modelled after it.
Verthandi is divided into five Regions, each one governed by one of the Great Holy Beasts. The Zones all have an equivalent with regions from the Earth of the Physical Universe, from where they collect their data. As well as the landmasses of its Regions, Verthandi Terminal is covered by a body of water known as the Net Ocean, the rough equivalent of the oceans of the Earth of the Physical Universe. The Net Ocean is itself divided up according to the Regions.
Located at the intersection of the Digital World’s equator and prime meridian and reviving its data from Greater India and the Greater Middle East, the Central Zone consists primarily of File Island. It is the seat of Huanglongmon, the Tenacious Golden Dragon of the Earth and the Changing of Seasons, who commands the four other Great Holy Beasts.
The central feature of File Island is Mount Infinity, the trunk of the Server Tree. It is also the location of the Village of Beginnings, where all Digimon are reborn as Digitama after they die, where they are cared for by Catch Mamemon. Once they hatch, they are cared for by Babamon and Jijimon until they reach the Child level, upon which they board a Trailmon to travel to the part of the Digital World that best suits them.
The Shrine of the Digi-Entelechy is also located here, the home of the Holy Child Culumon, the ‘Prince’ of the Digital World, tended to by the mysterious DigiGnomes. File Island encompasses a multitude of habits, the placement of which are quite paradoxical by Human standards.
Governed by Xuanwumon, the Devoted Black Tortoise of Water and Winter, the Northern Zone receives data from the European continent. Its biomes consist of polar ice caps and glaciers, tundra plains, and coniferous forests.
The Eastern Zone, the recipient of data from East Asia, consists of temperate forests and open meadows, and is governed by Qinglongmon, the Calm Blue Dragon of Wind and Spring. The monk Sanzomon and their disciples Gokuwmon, Cho Hakkaimon and Sagomon, originate from here, who became famous for their pilgrimage west to Mount Infinity. The delinquent BAN-TYO gang also have their base here.
The Southern Zone is a hot, unforgiving land governed by the Brave Red Eagle of Fire and Summer, Zhuqiaomon, consisting of tropical jungles, flooded marshlands, and arid deserts. Its data comes from Africa and Oceania.
Baihumon, the Deft White Tiger of Metal and Autumn, governs this area, and its data comes from the Americas. Its landscape it dominated by rocky canyons and sweeping prairies.
Little Witchelny is named after the alternate Digital World from where many of its inhabitants originate. This Zone is famous for the Brocken Academy, named for a mountain in Witchelny. The Digimon enrolled there are sorted into houses based on Witchelny's four Magical Clans, and learn mystic techniques originating from that world.
The Zone of Never-Ever Land is officially under Verthandi’s control, however, its leader, Petermon, has declared the Zone to be a sovereign state, independent of the Digital World. Never-Ever Land is infamous for luring away Baby and Child Level Digimon with the promise of never having to evolve beyond those stages, thus its claims of succession remain a controversial topic.
The lowest point of the Digital World, and the layer closest to the boundary that divides the Deep Web with the Dark Web. The Digimon who dwell here are of the Virus and Unknown types, naturally resistant to the malicious entities of the Dark Web, and thus act as the Digital World’s first line of defence.
The landscape Urd is a huge Labyrinth made of a patchwork of buildings from many different human cultures and civilizations, from all corners of Earth and various times in human history and inhabited by Digimon of the ghostly or undead variety. In the centre of the Labyrinth is the Gate of Deadly Sins, which leads into an open courtyard featuring the Altar of Atonement and the Tower of Pandemonium.
Gate of Deadly Sins
The Gate is ferociously guarded by Plutomon, who along with the Olympus XII is a refugee from the destroyed Digital World of Illiad.
Altar of Atonement
Situated right in front of the Tower's Gate, the Altar is used by the Seven Great Demon Lords to summon Ogudomon in times of crisis.
Tower of Pandemonium
The Tower is the of the majority of Virus and Unknown attribute Digimon.
Each of its Level are a mini world unto themselves, ruled over by one of the Seven Great Demon Lords.
This level of the Tower is ruled by Lilithmon, representing the Sin of Lust. The level resembles a traditional Japanese pleasure district, various attractions such as teahouses, bathhouses and theatres, and its residents have adopted a hedonistic lifestyle. Many of the Digimon residing here are based around yōkai and other beings from East Asian lore.
The Level representing the Sin of Gluttony resembles a post-apocalyptic wasteland with the occasional cyberpunk city. It is ruled by Beelzubumon, who treats the realm as their personal off-road demolition derby course. Thanks to hoarding being commonplace, the already scarce resources of this harsh world are made all the more meagre and fighting among the mechanical and mutant-like Digimon for these supplies are frequent and brutal. These conflicts often involve the notorious D-Brigade, who have their main base of operations here.
Barbamon’s Level represents Avarice and has the appearance of a creepy amusement park or circus. Not surprisingly, many of the carnival games are rigged so that patrons waste their time and money trying to win, and all rides, attractions, and vendors have exorbitantly high prices. The toy-like, clownish, or cartoony Digimon who live here are either always trying to pull some sort of scam or engaging in petty larceny.
Technically speaking, Belphemon rules this level, but due to being the Demon Lord of Sloth, Belphemon spends most of their time in their Sleep Mode, meaning the fiery and rocky Digimon who dwell here are largely left to their own devices. The Level consists of a cave system inside of a dormant volcano, with caverns of tar pits, sulphuric lakes, and vents spewing noxious gases. When Belphemon is awoken into their Rage Mode, the volcano becomes active, and the empty caverns become filled with rivers of molten lava and clouds of volcanic ash, and rocked by violent earthquakes that can cause cave-ins.
Demon rules the Level of Wrath, a dark forest with gnarled, crooked trees and dense undergrowth, with a sky that is always filled with thick, black clouds, constantly roaring with thunder and spewing bolts of lightning. Demon lives by the mantra of ‘might makes right’, and thus the beastly Digimon who dwell here are constantly in a savage battle for supremacy, charging into battle over even the most minor of insults.
This Level is a never-ending open ocean, with the only land being tiny islets that are rocky and barren. It is the realm of Leviamon, the Demon Lord of Envy. Most of the aquatic Digimon who live here make their life in the watery depths, but some Digimon make a life on the surface with the use of seacrafts or makeshift artificial islands constructed with resources dredged from the ocean floor. Natural disaster like storms and tsunamis, or conflict between opposing Digimon gangs, will lead to the sinking of these crafts and settlements, and the ocean dwelling Digimon will then inhabit the sunken wrecks. The surface-dwelling Digimon will then raid these wrecks for resources, often displacing the underwater Digimon who live there. In turn, the underwater Digimon will rise from the abyss and attack the surface Digimon, sinking their crafts and islands and creating new wrecks, thus continuing the cycle.
The deepest Level of the Tower of Purgatory, the Level of Pride is a floating continent which could easily be mistaken for the Skuld Terminal. That is because the Demon Lord ruling this Level, Lucemon: Falldown Mode, has built it as a mocking parody of the Vaccine Digimon's home. The Digimon residing here are typically demonic or devilish in nature, including many high-ranking Digimon of these types. Lucemon amuses themselves by manipulating the members of their court into engaging in Machiavellian scheming and grovelling for their favour, making the environment surprisingly treacherous. However, it is also the Digital World's first barrier against any potential threats that may rise from the Dark Area, a duty that even the ever-prideful Lucemon takes seriously, and the powerful Digimon under their command know all too well the dire consequences should they fail their task.
Floating between the Dark Area and Level I of the Tower, the Dark Observatory is a research facility dedicated to researching and monitoring the Dark Area. It is headed by Grand Dracumon, the leading authority on the Dark Area, and perhaps the most powerful Demon Lord Digimon after the Seven Great Demon Lords themselves. While the Observatory’s primary goal is a better understanding of the Dark Area to satisfy scientific curiosity, it also plays a vital role in providing an early warning system for potential threats as well as providing a better understanding on how to combat said threats.
For reasons unknown, the Singularity decided to create a new Digital World on another server. Thus in 2002, Iliad was brought online, and Homeros was its host computer. However, conflict soon arose between two factions, with one side being Homeros and their followers, and the other being the Digimon group known as the Olympus XII, with the two parties disagreeing on how Iliad should be governed. In 2012, this conflict had reached to such a point that the Olympus XII fled to the main Digital World, however, Homeros sent Plutomon and Titamon after them to destroy the Olympus XII’s leader, Jupitermon.
The Iliad conflict spilling into the main Digital World unfortunately coincided with Yggdrasil being brought offline for a mandatory upgrade. As a result, the upgrade was interrupted and Yggdrasil was forced to remain offline longer than anticipated, causing the various factions of the Digital World to panic and turn on each other, leading to an all-out war.
In 2014, the Royal Knights responded to the ongoing crisis by attacking both the Olympus XII and the Homeros system, leading to the destruction of the latter. With no server computer to operate it, Homeostasis shut down Iliad and relocated all of its native Digimon to the main Digtal World. Having lost their home world, the Olympus XII formed a truce with Plutomon and Titamon, and the two factions were rehomed to the Skuld and Urd terminals respectively. A new version of Yggdrasil was finally bought online, finally bringing some semblance of order back to the Digital World.
Iliad has become notorious as the Singularity’s failed experiment, made all the more infamous due to the mystery of why it was created in the first place. It has been speculated that the Singularity may one day reactivate Iliad in a more stable condition, but for now it remains inactive.
Witchelny is an alternate Digital World that exists somewhere in the Deep Web, far from the original Digital World. Its exact nature and origins are a mystery, but it is said to be the Digital World of another dimension, akin to the original Digital World’s connection to the Physical World.
What little is known about Witchely and The World of Magic mostly comes from the Digimon who migrated from there, such as Wizarmon, Fla Wizarmon, Sorcerimon, Witchmon, and Mistymon. Only one Digimon from the Digital World is known to have visited Witchelny, that being Hexablaumon, who lived there for a time as part of their training. Medieval Dukemon’s status as a native of Witchelny is debated, as legends speak of him suddenly appearing one day during an ancient time of war to lead the heroic Vortex Warriors. This had led to speculation that Medieval Dukemon was in fact a regular Dukemon from the original Digital World that somehow ended up in Witchelny. The true form Witchelny’s of native inhabitants is unknown, as they adapt themselves into Digimon bodies, complete with a DigiCore, upon arrival in the Digital World, although they are likely a Digital Lifeform of some kind.
The core feature of Witchelny is Mount Brocken, the namesake of the Brocken Academy in the Digital World’s Little Witchelny. The original Mount Brocken itself houses its own prestigious magic academy, and its importance in Witchelny’s culture is such that some Digimon Researchers speculate it is also Witchelny’s host computer, as Yggdrasil is to the original Digital World.
According to reports, Witchelny’s society is divided into the four elemental clans, which are as follows:
Earthlin: the clan of earth magic, its symbol is a seedling growing from the ground.
Baluluna: the clan of wind magic, its symbol is a gust of wind.
Eneruge: the clan of fire magic, its symbol is a flame.
Aquary: the clan of water magic, its symbol is a jar of water.
The members of these clans are further classified by their rank and titles. These tiles are based on rank, clan affiliation and the combination of elements that have mastered, and are roughly equivalent to the levels of growth seen in Digimon:
Rank I: newborns, equivalent to the Baby I stage.
Witch: training in a single element
Rank II: toddlers, equivalent to the Baby II stage.
Witch: training in a single element
Rank III: equivalent to the Child stage.
Witch: training in a single element
Rank IV: equivalent to the Adult stage.
Type I: proficiency over a single element. Fla Wizarmon is a known holder of this title.
Type 2: proficiency over Earth and Fire magic. Wizarmon is a known holder of this title.
Type 3: proficiency over Air and Water magic. Witchmon is a known holder of this title.
Daemon: proficiency over Air and Fire magic.
Saint: proficiency over Earth and Water magic.
Rank V: equivalent to the Perfect stage.
Wiseman: proficiency over Water, Earth, and Fire magic.
Satan: proficiency over Earth, Air, and Fire magic.
Hermit: proficiency over Water, Air, and Fire magic.
God: proficiency over Water, Earth, and Air magic.
Rank VI: equivalent to the Ultimate stage.
Soul: proficiency over all elements, save for Void magic.
Fool: proficiency over Void magic.
The fifth element, Void, has no clan attached to it, but it governs the very fabric of space-time, including such abilities as gravity manipulation, reality warping, etc. Void magic is unpredictable by nature, its effects being seemingly random and often dangerous. Thus, it is not commonly pursued as a school of magic, and those who do follow it as their chosen path are often seen in Witchelny society to be mad, hence the title of ‘Fool’.
Considering the lack of direct contact between Witchelny and the Digital World, we do have a surprising amount of information available thanks to the consist reports of travellers between the two worlds. However, there is far less information on Witchelny’s Physical World counterpart, here referred to as the World of Magic, although there are a few crumbs. As far as it is known, the World of Magic operates on similar laws of time-space to the Physical Universe, but it is, as it name suggests, a world of magic, much like that seen in the fiction of the Physical World. Witchelny’s inhabitants claim to be able to communicate with and travel to the World of Magic through the use of specially enchanted ‘Elemental Communication Books’, where they act as ‘familiar spirits’ for the World of Magic’s inhabitants, who are described as being remarkably human-like. Witchelny has apparently been shaped by magical energy leeching from the World of Magic, much like how data from the Internet seeps into the Digital Universe. These accounts, if true, hold fascinating implications for the Digital Universe and the Multiverse as a whole.
The part of the Digital Universe that runs parallel to the Dark Web of the Internet of the Physical World. It is the location of the dreaded Dark Area, where data from malware created in the Physical Universe accumulates, leading to the creation of malicious Digital Lifeforms that pose a threat to the Digital World.
The Dark Area is often referred to by Digimon as ‘The Dark Ocean’, ‘The World of Darkness’, ‘The Underworld’ and even as ‘Hell', which justly goes to show just how terrifying this place truly is. Here, data from malware created on Earth pools into a vortex of chaotic energy, which can corrupt and infect the data of anything in touches. Any lifeforms that are unlucky enough to fall into the Dark Area, digital or otherwise, are considered as good as dead.
Occasionally new Digital Lifeforms take shape within the Dark Area, and they are almost always hostile, driven by the mindless desire to consume all in their path. Many of these terrible creatures have attempted to invade the Digital World in the past, and it is the grim duty of the Seven Great Demon Lord’s and the other Digimon of the Urd Terminal to keep these threats at bay.
Occasionally, and quite paradoxically, new Digimon species have originated from here. Notable examples include the Originator of the Diablomon evolution family, whose DigiTama was corrupted after coming in contact with data from the Dark Area, and the Originator of the Arkadimon evolution family was deliberately created using data harvested from the Dark Are. Both Originator Digimon were incredibly hostile and proved to be a threat to the Digital World, but they were eventually defeated, and their source codes integrated into the Digital World’s firmware.
It is impossible to know what it’s actually like inside the Dark Area, as no Digimon who have dared to venture there have ever returned. It is theoretically possible that the creatures of the Dark Area are not deliberately malicious but are simply acting out of fear of finding themselves displaced in a world that is as alien to them as they are to Digimon. Unfortunately, any attempts at communication with the creatures of the Dark Area have proved impossible, and the threat they pose to the Digital World is such that it is usually better to neutralize them as soon as possible.
As of writing, the existence of Planet Tamagotchi and its home dimension is unable to be verified and has become a point of contention among the Digital World’s academic community. However, the notoriety of the subject is such that deserves an entry here.
Stories of Planet Tamagotchi originate from a single source, that being the original Nanimon, who claims to originate from this world. Alien Digital Lifeforms indeed been able to convert into Digimon in the past, leading some credence to Nanimon's story. However, the other elements have never been corroborated by anyone else, which in itself is an issue, compounded by the fact that Nanimon has a reputation as a notoriously unreliable individual. Nanimon tends to consume alcoholic beverages during their recounting of the story, becoming intoxicated in the process and causing the narrative to become vague and incoherent. As such, researchers have struggled to piece the elements together, and below is a summary of what has been pieced together thus far. Keep in mind that any or all of these statements may be incorrect or outright false, and therefore should be regarded with cautious scepticism.
According to Nanimon, who was known by the title of ‘OYAJI’ in their home-world, they had left the planet in a spacecraft and somehow entered the Digital Universe, landing in the Digital World sometime in 1998.
The native sapient species of Tamagotchi Planet, also called Tamagotchi, are apparently in some ways similar to Digimon. Nanimon recounts them as having many various forms, hatching from eggs, and individuals they have named almost always have said name ending with the suffix -tchi, much how Digimon almost always have their names ending in -mon. Nanimon has also describes Tamagotchi as having distinct stages of growth upon hatching, that being Baby → Child → Teen → Adult, and will eventually die upon reaching old age. However, many characteristics of Tamagotchi are remarkably similar to organic lifeforms like humans, with a distinction between males and females, and the ability for two adults of the opposite gender to breed in order to produce offspring.
However, it was when they were questioned on why they had left Tamagotchi Planet in the first place did Nanimon’s accounts really start to falter. According to them, the Planet had become temporarily unsafe to live on as it had somehow ‘got drunk’. When questioned to explain what this meant exactly, Nanimon became defensive and their only reply was, “Oh c’mon, it weren’t [sic] my fault!” Nanimon has even created their own illustrated visual depictions of the planet and its native life, but this art is of a crude, scribbly quality, and for some bizarre reason Nanimon insists on drawing faces on all buildings and natural features.
Perhaps the most intriguing and perplexing element of Nanimon’s story is that Tamagotchi apparently no instinct for combat whatsoever. Just about every other world and society that the Digital World has had contact with has had conflict at least once in its history, so this it seems likely that violence is an unfortunate but inevitable part of the natural order of any world. Tamagotchi society, on the over hand, sounds like a pacifist utopia straight out of a fantasy story.
It must be remembered that just because conflict is common throughout multiple worlds does not necessarily mean it is inevitable. If Nanimon's accounts of Tamagotchi Planet and its peaceful inhabitants are true, then it leads to a troubling dilemma. The Tamagotchi race would likely be highly vulnerable to the greed and ambitions of unscrupulous Digimon, who would mercilessly exploit the Tamagotchi Planet for their own gain and lead to its ruin. Thus, perhaps it is best for all that the mystery of this planet remains unsolved.
From what is known, the Medarot Universe is almost exactly the same as the regular Physical Universe, with the core difference being the presence of Medabots, the small robots for which this Universe is named for. Medabot, short for ‘Medal Robot’, possess a sophisticated artificial intelligence and are created by humans for the purpose of companionship and entertainment, the most common form being that Robattles, a combat sport between two individual or two teams of Medabots.
Our knowledge from the Medabot Universe comes from the stray data of two individual Medabot units, known as Metabee and Rokusho, that leaked into the Digital Universe around April 2020, and fused with the dissipated data of a Omegamon to create a new Digimon, Omedamon. Omedamon is thus the main, and so far, only source of this Universe. As an individual, the original Omedamon is reliable and trustworthy source, however as they are the result of being formed of second-hand data rather than a direct immigrant, their testimony may not be entirely accurate, a fact that they openly acknowledge.
According to what Omedamon can recall, Medabots are made of three main components:
Tinpet: a metallic frame that acts as a Medabot’s skeleton, which all other components are attached to. They come in ‘male’ and ‘female’ models.
Parts: the ‘muscle’ and ‘skin’ of a Medabot, attached to the Tinpet and provide its weapons, armour and sensors. Parts come in Male, Female or Neutral types, with Male and Female parts being restricted to their respective Tinpets while Neutral can be used on either model. Parts are also divided into head, left arm, right arm and legs, and are connected to the relevant section of the Tinpet.
Medal: small hexagonal coin-like objects, Medal contain the artificial intelligence of a Medabot and thus acting as its brain, being placed in a hatch on the back of the Tinpet. Different Medals have different attributes that compliment certain types of Parts.
Medals are perhaps the most perplexing element of the Medabot Universe. On the surface, it would seem that they are some sort of computer chip or memory card, however Omedamon’s memories indicate some odd properties. For example, Omedamon recalls that Medals somehow predate humanity, although they are uncertain on the exact details. Also, Omedamon describes Medals as being able to ‘Evolve’, much like Digimon themselves, even changing their physical appearance with each stage of development. As Medals are physical objects, it is hard to see how this is possible, and Omedamon had suggested that this, as well as Medals being ancient artifacts may be some sort of memory error. However, Physical Universes with odd properties are not unheard of, as seen with Witchelny, so its possible that these elements are true as is.
There is no doubt that the Medabot Universe actually exists, as the transplantation of data from this world is well recorded. However, the data itself may be compromised during said transplantation. Omedamon has been nothing but honest and forthcoming in their testimony, and most of the elements of this testimony are plausible enough to be true. The gaps and inconsistencies in Omedamon’s second-hand memories, however, tend to cast doubt on the story on the Medabot Universe, a fact that has frustrated Omedamon to no end. Unless a reliable method to travel to the Medabot Universe, the details will have to remain a tantalizing mystery.