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The Artix Entertainment Timeline

For each of their respective games, Artix Entertainment put them in one universe with the main world being called Lore. Except for Epic Duel and Oversoul, this is the world where the Hero and all the people live on.

To better explain the existence of all the other games and timelines within the Artix Entertainment Universe, one major event happened in AdventureQuest - the first game of Artix Entertainment. In AdventureQuest, the dragonslayer named Galanoth fought the Eternal Dragon of Time, defeating and killing it. Once this happened, the AdventureQuest timeline as it was known got 'chopped up' into a lot of different timestreams. 

These timestreams explain the existence of the other games, but they also explain why certain characters do different actions in other games of Artix Entertainment (and if they exist there or not). This also applies to certain events and creatures.

The AE timestreams are not completely disconnected, however. The different timestreams are actually kind of sequels of each other in a different setting; for example, the DragonFable timestream is a sequel of the AdventureQuest timestream, and the Epic Duel timestream is a sequel to MechQuest.

Timetravelers

Within the AE universe there are certain characters that can time travel or hop in-between these timelines. Some are aware of the fact they can; others just 'live that long' to appear in a sequel timestream. 

For example, J6  is able to fly between the MechQuest timestream and the AdventureQuestWorlds timestream and is fully aware of this. In contrast, Warlic appears in AdventureQuest and can also be found in the MechQuest timestream because of his extended lifespan.

The Void

Then there's the Void, a place where time doesn't exist at all. Unlike most timestreams where even the underworlds have a notion of time, the void does not count as a timestream. It basically and literally means 'nothing', which excludes it from time and, therefore, time cannot influence it. From the void, beings like Memet came and entered certain timestreams. As long as they have a way back, they are able to enter other timestreams as well.

The void can best be explained as space or the universe, because if it was literally nothing then no one could originate from it. Within the void live a variety of creatures and beings, including astral beings, celestials/angels, fiends/demons, aliens, and mostly creatures that do not necessarily have a physical body.

Realms

Within the timelines there are realms that have a slightly different timestream but are inherently connected to the timeline. Often, realms flow with the timeline that splits off, or not at all but instead float above the timestream.

The Void Realm

This is a part of the void as described above. It is in fact not totally explored and for the most part stays mysterious and vague. But it does partly flow with the ongoing timestream. It also can be entered in various ways if anyone has the power to do so. It consists of various dimensions:

  • The actual Void, which is disconnected from time.
  • Space, which is logically described as the universe around the planet.
  • The Dream Realm, which has a way faster timestream but is highly volatile.
  • The Arcane Realm, a magical place and a source of power and knowledge.

The Mirror Realm

This is a place that is a mirror version of a timestream where things of reality are mirrored. Whereas King Alteon is a Good king in the reality of the AQWorlds timeline, he is an Evil king in the Mirror realm. The powers of the mirror realm cover some but not all dimensions. It does, for example, have an inverted space, dream, and arcane realm. But it does not affect the void, the underworld, or the celestial realm - unless any of the beings from there enter into the timestream reality. The only beings that have the power to resist being affected by the timestream, and thusly the mirror realm, are archangels, archfiends and voidlings.

The Celestial Realm

The celestial realm is the home of the angels and is not connected to the timestream. Things go either very slow or super fast in the Celestial Realm, and it's a place where many doors open and close. Each timestream has its own celestial realm though, and the beings from there are the same as in every other timestream. The only difference is that they have been given different names.

The Underworld

Each timestream has an underworld, and this realm is so immensely huge that it can never be fully explored. The underworld is a realm where Death lives along with fiends and demonic creatures. It is connected to the main timestream in the sense that dead souls go there. It is also connected to the Celestial realm in a way. The Underworld expands every time a set amount of souls arrives in it. The underworld is the same in every timestream, but names may differ slightly.

How the Timelines Connect

AdventureQuest, the first timestream.

The AdventureQuest timestream (also called the AQ timeline for short) is where it all began. Here, Galanoth killed the Eternal Dragon of Time and all the other timestreams were created. This timestream is also the most random, contains the most lore so far, and has the most interesting stories about characters in later timestreams.

AdventureQuest (also called AQ Classic) is the first known game Artix Entertainment released in 2002 or earlier. Most of its content and lore are found in-game and on the AE Forums.

Warp Force

The game Warp Force is a very close sequel to the AdventureQuest timestream, as it actually builds on the already established AdventureQuest Lore. But it is more mech and space based. However, the game is quite unfamiliar to most and got discontinued in favor of MechQuest. It seems that individuals of the AQ timestream did an attempt on space travel but possibly did not get far enough.

DragonFable, the second timestream.

This is the first actual split off from the original AQ timestream. Known places and characters do reappear, but the story continues and goes deeper than the more chaotic storyline of AQ. In this timestream, the future of Lore takes shape and it sets precedents for future timelines and stories.

This game came out after AQ Classic but before Warp Force, and it's still very much active for players that like to play AQWorlds and/or AQ3D, as it contains a treasure of lore.

AdventureQuestWorlds, the third timestream.

Now, the Hero gets a backstory too, which is focused on more than in the previous timestreams. Also, new foes and threats appear, along with the older and known places and characters. The storyline is a lot more defined than in the previous timestreams, and it is given more clarity whenever other timestreams may interfere or split off. After a chronomancer lands in this timestream it begins to become more centralized than the previous ones, having the most links to others.

AQWorlds (as it is often abbreviated to) is the third major game of Artix Entertainment, and unlike the other previous games, it is an MMORPG - meaning that players can interact with each other. That aspect of the game was such an big success, which earned AQW the most attention. AQW's lore is sometimes influenced by noteworthy players that Artix Entertainment may allow to create certain storylines for.

OverSoul, the fourth timestream.

This timestream split off during AQWorld's live event of the Dage vs. Nulgath Evil War. Despite winning the war, Nulgath was tricked by Dage to leave the AQWorlds timeline via a portal and landed in the OverSoul timeline, which is actually a more undiscovered and unknown world different than Lore. Unfortunately, the OverSoul storyline is pretty vague compared to the other games.

AQ3D, the fifth timestream.

As you enter AQ3D you might find vague traces leading back to the AQWorlds timestream. The Hero from AQWorlds has been long forgotten, except for some vague memories. New villains arise, but there are also known characters and places still in existence - you just don't remember things from the previous timelines.

AdventureQuest3D is the newest project of Artix Entertainment, launched by a kick-starter in 2016. It is a 3D cross-platform MMORPG, and so far a big success. Since it is still young, most of its storyline still has yet to be written.

MechQuest, the sixth timestream.

This is a more intergalactic and futuristic timestream, featuring mechs and spaceships.

MechQuest was actually created and launched after DragonFable.

Epic Duel, the seventh timestream.

Unlike most timestreams, this one takes place not on Lore but on Delta V. The storyline does, however, show connections to MechQuest but does not take place off-planet as much.

The game was brought in after MechQuest.

Hero Smash, the eight timestream.

As the modern world finally was founded, heroes arose with superpowers. The game has a very different design than most other games, but it is Flash-based. Story-wise, it is actually the most disconnected timestream with only a few references back to Epic Duel.

The game was launched after Epic Duel but was not developed long enough to make a solid story.

Summary and overview.

The AE Timeline 1th 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th
Lore Timeline AQ WF DF AQW OS AQ3D MQ ED HS
Release Timeline AQ DF WF MQ AQW ED HS OS AQ3D
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