Kcymaerxthaere (née Kymaerica, pronounced `ky-MAR-ex-theere`) is an alternate world. It exists over and above our own in a system of 29 `gwomes`, only 4 of which are actually Kymaerica (an early name for the world). It was discovered by Geographer-At-Large Eames Demetrios, who goes around the real world setting up real plaques in real places commemorating events that occurred in this alternate world.
It`s a globe-spanning work of intricate complexity. There are histories behind histories. Dip into his site at Kcymaerxthaere.com and you`ll immediately be overwhelmed by a plethora of gwomes, cognates, and words beginning with silent k`s and a`s. Delve a little deeper and you`ll be washed over with the rich history of the Parisian diaspora, the religious formation of the Jihn Wranglikan sect in aArizona, and the construction of the Eqlmundi Kirwela .
The gwomes of Kcymaerxthaere overlaid over our world map.
The site bills itself as a global work of three-dimensional storytelling, and encourages us to go to the plaque sites for ourselves, look over the alternate histories on display, and really get a feel for the possibility of it all.
I get that. I think it`s kind of a genius project, not unlike other one man works of grand art like the Dreamer`s Gate or the hotel carved into a rock-face. I love this kind of vision, transformed into reality. It kind of makes me wish the Geographer-At-Large was placing more than just plaques, that he was laying out statues, buildings, getting roads renamed, anything to subvert reality and bring Kcymaerxthaere through into our universe.
It adds color, if nothing else. It`s also great exercise for the brain.
If he did though, then I guess what was a cute project would become something more like a cult. There`d be people who really came to believe this stuff, like in Mormonism or Scientology, both of which were made up fairly recently. Then it might be creepy, and he`d have too much money and influence.
As it is though, tongue-in-cheek, creative, wacky, interactive, I`m a big fan. If he had fiction books, not just `travel guides` but actual stories, I think I`d go out and buy some.
A plaque in the desert.
See a curation of world ruins in the ruins gallery.
See my collection of Japanese ruins (haikyo) in the galleries:[album id=4 template=compact]