In the year 1900, a French scientist by the name of Charles DuPont accidentally discovered an uninhabited parallel frequency of reality while running an electrical experiment. By 1906, he had perfected a machine for travel between the two worlds and by 1907, a beacon was constructed to reroute the souls of the dead to the new reality, effectively creating immortality. He dubbed this new world “Viktorium”, symbolizing victory over death.
But for all his credit as a scientist, Charles was an egotistical narcissist who fancied himself king of the new realm. His government ultimately failed. In 1915, a coup was staged and he was driven into exile.
Now in 1920–despite the comforts of incredibly advanced technology and greater social equality–corruption in the capital city of Cavarice runs rampant. Many of Charles’ former cabinet members are still in charge of major corporations and there are a multitude of problems; food shortages, misuse and theft of police technology, orphaned children in the streets, and gang activity are a few.
But something truly sinister is brewing on the outskirts of the city as rumors of death and reports of bizarre glitches in reality eventually begin to flood the media. A series of terrorist attacks occur as the very political infrastructure of Cavarice is threatened.
In a world on the brink of destruction, intelligent voices rise up from the most unlikely of places. Can the youth save this new land they have come to call home, or will Viktorium be lost forever?
I should probably note a couple things here to avoid confusion. Adventures in Viktorium is the title of this web serial.
Viktorium, otherwise known as The Dispatchers Chronicles, will be the first in a series of six novellas I’m currently writing which tell the story of Christophe and Vitalie–two young children in the 1920s who stumble across a realm beyond death that looks exactly like the earth they know, but which has evolved quite differently with its own unique technology and society. The dead cannot see the living and neither can the living see the dead, though it is possible to cross over. Opening a gateway between the two worlds is simply a matter of tuning in to the right frequency, much like a radio station. Unfortunately however, Viktorium is a realm on the brink of destruction. It is not a natural place–it was created and stabilized as a sort of “limbo” by a scientist who wanted to cheat death and populate this new world as a paradise to call his own. Special machines were constructed to facilitate travel between the two realms so the living and dead could visit one another, but with too many people trying to use them at once to escape a brimming revolution, the machines malfunctioned and their souls were quickly blasted apart and lost to different frequencies.
This is what causes the majority of ghostly phenomena on Earth–the only thing which unites the scattered pieces is emotion, and so when strong negative feelings prevail, a haunting takes place. Christophe and Vitalie become ghost hunters of sorts, eradicating all manner of paranormal phenomena throughout Europe to keep the land of the living safe whilst also ensuring the stability of Viktorium by keeping unruly denizens in check.
Some of their adventures–as well as those of other minor characters from the books–will be told here in a standalone serial (posted twice a month) called Adventures in Viktorium that I wanted to be separate from the books. Being that much of the story takes place in the 1920s, I also felt that the serial format would lend a nice historically aesthetic touch to the series. These will be editions you will not find published anywhere else for right now. I do have plans to compile them into an eBook entitled The Cavarice Chronicles at some point in the future, but for now, I am working on this and the books, so we’ll see what transpires.
Stick around. I hope you enjoy the vast, strange, and wonderful world of Viktorium!