Joined: 22 Jun 2007
Location: The Realm of General Vagaries
Sometimes, a cataclysm hits a site. Something strikes, hard and fast. Something massive. The sites survives, but the event literally shatters it. Satellite sites form like an asteroid belt. Usually, they congeal into just a few larger satellites, or even just one. And so the moon is formed.
Most moons end up entirely lifeless after a short time, but some fall just in the right range to allow the forum users and ideas flung up into orbit around the home site to thrive. All of them, though, hang overhead somewhere nearby, often taken for granted, hardly even noticed after so long. They may be easy to reach, or not so much, depending upon relations. However, for the moon to stay in the sky, there must be some sort of force keeping it up. There must be histories, disagreements, or something between the citizens of the moon and the home site so that the two bodies don't willingly weave back together. How strong they are and how members on the linked sites accept their close cousins walking about even though they want to stay separate, though, varies.
Often, the natural paths of main boards and their moon(s) through the black void of the 'net work to protect each other; any "meteors" raiding the site are better-distributed, and rarely does something slam into any one of the boards so hard that everything is rendered impossible to salvage. Of course, depending upon how easy it is to reach a given site from another given site in this network and how strong the differences and mutual hatreds they tend to breed are, such systems could very well destroy themselves.
Some notable types:
Moon man/Earth man: He's not technically a warrior, as he has no set fighting style. What's clear, though, is that moon man's heart lies not where he's at, but on another site within the system. He could casually reference the place he calls his home when discussing matters of the current site, he could outright taunt members of the site with claims that his choice is superior with varying degrees of aggression and acceptability, etc. Sometimes moon man genuinely still enjoys being on the site he's on, though not as much as he loves his chosen home in the site system. Other times, though, moon man may outright hate the site, with varying levels of obviousness, wishing the members considered by him to be unfit for his beloved moon paradise would just die, and those who are fit would see the error of their ways and come to the moon to live with him and whoever else might be there. Earth man is much the same, though inevitably the word "original" becomes heavily involved in his reasoning, whether it's extremely important in his logic, or very relevant to any metric of superiority, or not.
Majora: Majora, for whatever reason, doesn't like that the moon(s) and the earth are separate. Rarely is it understood why exactly, but she also possesses some sort of uncanny power that may change that if she's not stopped. Usually from the earth-site, she attempts to draw in any and all nearby celestial bodies. This rarely ends well. If she succeeds, the entire site system is generally destroyed by the collision, or comes very close, so close that decay into a final death is perhaps inevitable. If she fails, she generally hides away on the most fitting moon she can find, and may or may not be hunted down and defeated there by a heroic warrior who wishes to make her pay for her world-destroying ways. If not, though, she's likely do it again eventually; she's very adamant. Majora, being a disgusting, evil goddess of the 'net, can not really be defeated, however; if she's forced from her moon hideout, she'll merely hide far out of reach. Generally, she forgets about what she was doing with the sites if she's forced to go that far away, but if she's especially relentless she'll return even after that, attempting again and again to draw the sites together. However, after her first attempt is survived, the barriers between the sites are generally well-understood as necessary, and made incredibly strong by this knowledge; it's rare to have Majora succeed after her first attempt, and she becomes little more than a nuisance because her one goal is no longer an effective use of her otherwise immense power.
How to spot moons & systems with many moons:
Any site calling itself a "fansite" or else implied to be such is probably a moon. Look for the main site, and from there it should be easy enough to survey the layout of the entire system. As for finding the main site straight away, there are some common traits. They're sites that were at one point, and perhaps still are extremely large, such that it was statistically possible for everyone to get along and many separated provinces of mindset congealed together. 4chan/2chan have the countless spin-off *chans, there are more *tubes than can be counted with various levels of fame, in response to Youtube, etc.
The biggest candidates for having moons, and quite a few moons at that, are sites about popular modern media, most notably video games. Sega of America has countless fansites, mostly about Sonic the Hedgehog; there are countless popular Ninendo fansites, generally about SSB, Mario or Zelda; EA has dozens of large fansites for every one of its more popular games, the most recent one seeming to be Spore; etc., etc., etc., though Steam has made this less extreme, with such things often being granted Steam groups rather than full-blown sites any more. Highly game-related parts of the 'net are still full to the brim with moons, though. Anything popular is bound to have its fair share orbiting about the main site, though. _________________ Everything that has transpired in this thread has done so according to my design.
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