Hello, Ezra here, and today I am writing my current plans for the scary Minecraft Map I’m going to try to make this school year. I don’t have all the backstory figured out yet, so I’m going to update this post as soon as I have it all figured out. But for now, I hope you enjoy this sneak peek at my current backstory idea.

In the late carboniferous period, over 300 million years ago, a small and recently evolved species of lizard that was-

Okay. Wait. Hold on. You’re doing this all wrong! My voice does not sound the way you’re imagining it does. Stop that! You’re making me sound ridiculous! Besides, This is a dramatic backstory part that goes back 300 million years. I need presence.

So imagine that my voice sounds like one of those guys who narrate nature documentaries. Like David Attenborough from the Planet Earth series. Or Morgan Freeman. Someone like that.

Ahem… In the late carboniferous period, over 300 million years ago, a small and recently evolved species of lizard that  was in constant danger of the giant insects and gargantuan arthropods that lived in that time began to evolve in a way that other creatures of that time were not. Instead of striving to become bigger and stronger and faster than everything else (which was quite commendable in that particular age), it gradually became more INTELLIGENT than everything else. And, by chance, the species survived long enough to become a formidable predator in the mid-Permian period, the age where lizards first started to become giant reptiles who ruled the world, such as the mighty Dimetrodons. However, the highly intelligent creature, having had 45 million years to develop and evolve, had a highly developed anatomy and mind. It dug burrows, made basic tools, camouflaged itself in order to catch prey and developed a uniquely potent venom that, when applied, rushed to the nervous system and affected the simple reptilian part of the brain that processes the fight/flight response (which was… well, a large portion of the brain of a large primitive lizard). All of these attributes made up for a lack of strength, as the creature had a relatively weak design of standing on it’s hind legs, making it easy to catch off balance, but allowing the creature to use its forelegs to grab objects with flexible fingers and opposable thumbs. The lizard of over 300 million years ago had become a domesticated, reasoning humanoid predator.

However, at the end of the Permian period, the species died along with 95% of all life in the biggest extinction ever recorded due to the creation of a worldwide desert with too little water. The species, depending highly on water, could not cope and died out quickly.

In modern times, a team of archeologists illegally searching for objects of value under an ancient temple stumbled across a giant salt pit at the foundation of the artifact. After professionals excavated the pit, they found the body of a previously undiscovered prehistoric reptile- perfectly preserved in the salt and buried with tools dating back over 250 million years ago.

No one had an explanation for why it was found in a pit of salt, but it seemed like the creatures had preserved their bodies much like the Ancient Egyptians did. And they had made tools! This suggested that the they had more intelligence than any living thing since humans. And to think that they evolved over 250 million years ago when everything was supposed to be primitive! Unable to resist the temptation of cloning the creature to see how it acted, the government secretly started to work on recreating the creature.

A few years later, a call went out for guards with high positions in government affairs to come to a secret underground facility…

 Of course that’s where players will come into the map as the guard.

For those of you who didn’t understand all that or didn’t want to read through all that backstory, here’s the simplified version. Make sure to keep that Morgan Freeman voice up!

A long time ago, lizards turned into awesome human-y reptiles because they didn’t like big bugs and lizards. Later their big brains made it easy for them to kill stuff because they could lay traps and make tools. But then the water went away so they died. But a long time later some dudes broke the rules and went into a really really old building and found a big hole filled with salt. Then they called in secret agent dudes to dig it out and they found one of the really really old human-y reptiles with it’s skin still together right. So the secret agent dudes thought “Hey! These guys were really smart to bury themselves in a big salt hole!” and tried to make one that was not, you know, DEAD. Then they called in more secret agent dudes to their secret hideout.

Yep. That’s it in a nutshell.

Or, if you need (which I sincerely hope you don’t), here’s a simplified version of the simplified version;

Scary human lizards die. Humans try to make more after they die. They get in trouble.

Well… there you have it.

I hope you liked this sneak peek and if you have any suggestions please tell me in the comments below.

Merry Today!