What’s Back? The Whispering Tide is Back!
What’s ‘The Whispering Tide’? What do you mean ‘What’s the Whispering Tide..?!?!? Oh yeah… some of you weren’t here for the original and may not be familiar with ‘The Whispering Tide’ in the Secret World Universe.
The Whispering Tide is the First of what will soon be Many Community Events in SWL. This event will last 2 weeks from August 1st to Aug 15th (2017) where we, as Agents of Gaia will be the force that keeps the Dreamers from Infecting the World Tree any further than they already have. Every hour will be HUGE Community Battles with the Bird of the Zero Point Pathogen (aka – Flappy) where EVERYONE can participate! As long as your Character can reach
Agartha (so somewhere around level 4, I think it is) Jack Boone in Kingsmouth (About Level 5-6, after you’ve completed your tutorials), you can join everyone in 40 man raids on the new Community Event Raid Platform!
Low level characters will be given the “Equal Footing” Buff so that everyone can contribute to the fight!
There are special vanity items that you can get each day just for logging in and taking part in one of the community raids! What kinds of items? Check out my Advent Calendar here to track what items I’ve received so far! (This post will be updated daily so make sure you come back and check it often!)
Ok, that’s great, but what started it..?
For those of you who are new to the Secret World, or just need a refresher, remember when you rolled your character, and you went through that cut scene of a bee flying in your character’s window just before you ate it? (Yummy!) As that Anima-Infused-Late-Night-Snack was buzzing around your dining area, you hear bits of the late night news on the TV. The anchorman is talking about a Bomb that went off in Downtown Tokyo, and later in the tutorial, you got to partake in a Anima-Powered-Psychically-Recorded-Recreation of the initial investigation that happened in the Tokyo subway by other Agents of Gaia. THAT BOMB is what precipitated the events unfolding now!
And of course it’s not just a bomb. It’s never, ‘Just a bomb…’ If you’ve been through the Scorched Desert in Egypt, and into City of the Sun God, You’ve got a little more background on what kind of device it was. If you haven’t been through that area yet, SPOILER ALERT! It was a Third-Age device that Said had helped the Phoenicians acquire, and as soon as he found out what they eventually did with it, immediately regretted.
So what was this ‘Third-Age device’ anyway? THAT…. is a very good question. It’s never exactly explained fully, but it’s a device that when used IMPROPERLY like this (I would hope this was never their intended purpose!), has the power to rend reality and open doorways into the realm of Anti-Anima.
Anti-what…?!?! Ok, I see we’re going to have to backtrack a little further. The universe as we know it, is infused with Anima, or the Life Force of Gaia. Gaia being the Earth, and Agartha being a manifestation of Gaia’s will. There’s more though… There is also Anti-Anima. Also known as ‘The Blood.’ It’s kinda like Matter and Anti-matter; they don’t mix well.
The… Denizens of the realm of Anti-Anima want to EAT the stars. ALL OF THEM! Including ours! Why? That’s just what they do. They eat everything. Especially if there’s Anima involved. Makes it extra tasty, I imagine. And it just so happens that our little Gaia, happens to be the next in line, and apparently has the most Anima in our little corner of the Universe.
Thankfully, these Anti-Anima Denizens have been asleep since the end of the Last Age, and haven’t yet fully awakened to start the buffet on Gaia.
Now here we get into some supposition: We are in the middle/end of the fourth age. How do we know it’s the fourth age? Well, we’ve been told there are artifacts of the Third Age that have been found and one of them was the cause of the Tokyo incident. Who told us? The Buzzing of the Bees told us.
No, I’m not “off my medication..” Seriously… listen close… you’ll hear them too!
So what exactly is “An Age” you ask? There are many different philosophical definitions of what constitutes an ‘Age’, but I’m not going to get into all those discussions. Instead, I’ll go by something else I had heard along the way. Something mentioned by a certain, Dr Klein:
“A breakthrough in thought: What we were calling the “Ages’ is not, strictly speaking, a measure of time, at least, not in a chronologically stacked order.
Time bends. It snaps back like a rubber band, to a fixed point.
The end of each age was a reset. A do-over.
We are on repeat, with variation, as artifacts from the previous age bleed into the next, sending out ripples, each new age compounds with more artifacts and more effected than the last, skewing the original pattern.
There is something that is supposed to happen. But the inevitable is always delayed.
How many times has this world reset? How do we reach endgame?”
Say what you will about Dr Klein, but his perception of what we are experiencing is unequaled. We are near the end of a Fourth Age (at least) and the incursion of what we call ‘The Filth’ in Agartha heralds dark times, indeed. And it is upon our shoulders, as agents and allies of Gaia, to fight back these Dreamers as they are also called. The Dreamers must not awaken. Or as Emma says: “The Lullaby must continue. Or all that is…. won’t.”
Who knows if this time it will reset again as in the past? The “Do-Overs” that we’ve been given may be all the Do-Overs we are going to get. And this time, it’s for keeps!
For more information on the Lore/Legends of The Whispering Tide, you can Find it on TSWDB’s Legends page here:
You can also refer to the Filth’s Lore section on TSWDB’s Legacy website:
(I’m sure this will be updated to SWL in the near Future.)
This post was a little different, as I wanted to give you something that I hope was a little entertaining, as well as show how all the little things you see and experience in this game is connected! There is so much more to this whole story, but for me to get into it all would totally just be me writing down every tidbit of information that I’ve seen and heard in the game! And that would just ruin the story for you all… (At least the newer players…)
But I also hope that I was able to spark some imagination out there on how your character would react to the events that are happening now. This is a prime time for personal RP opportunities, and I hope to see more of your stories popping up in my timelines!
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed this! And as always, I hope to see you in the Secret World!