An animal island nation somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, Andast supports a diverse population of animals. Due to a generational shift, these animals no longer wish to live savagely. They have developed a universal island language that all species understand, and built organizations to facilitate change.
Sadly, the island’s inhabitants cannot agree on how to achieve progress, and have been split into two major factions.
The original Herbivore Liberation group, EVOLV names carnivores as the problem. EVOLV is spearheaded by David Greybeard III, a muscular alpha-chimp mastermind whose mere presence demands respect of the islanders.
Greybeard may be harsh, but he's also a highly logical voice of reason. EVOLV members worship him as a savior to herbivores and follow his strategy dogmatically.
A timeless and centralized structure, EVOLV’s headquarters is a brick castle laid by beavers of the last generation. By disassembling electronics found in stolen ship cargo, they’ve managed to engineer a coconut processing facility in their castle, as well as create other forms of technology such as a recycling machines and night-vision goggles.
EVOLV is comprised exclusively of herbivores and omnivores who have committed to veganism.
A younger generation of islanders have rejected EVOLV’s philosophy as too black-and-white, wishing to achieve “liberation for all” instead of “liberation for a few.”
They reject the language of “herbi/carni/omnivore” in favor of “predator vs prey;” an important distinction, they claim. They critique EVOLV’s language as being species-essentialist, suggesting that it constrains individuals to their biology instead of their actions.
To Transcend, carnivory is something that can be altered with the mind. To defend this, they point to omnivores and lab-grown meat. Ultimately use whatever labels they want to describe themselves, despite their actions to the contrary.
A distributed network of activists, Transcend has no leaders, and is headquartered in two places: a small building in the woods, and an expansive theater in the mountains.
Peewee & Hermione
A rocky shore, Rachel’s ship crashed here. She buried Marvin nearby, and lives in a twiggy teepee. The shore is strewn with human trash – black trash bags, soda bottles, and food boxes. The trash-covered seagulls lament their sorrows in a nearby bar.
This stony fortress stands tall against lush trees and water.
Transcend has a peaceful village in the woods. Predator and prey live among each-other in peace. It serves as proof that such a utopic vision is possible.
Transcend's crazy antics are finally revealed in this area. They are rife with conflict and exhibiting lots of toxic behavior. It's unclear what's true and what isn't, one's very sense of reality is bent.
A dark and spooky crypt, Rachel is forced to venture through it in order to reach the other side of the island. The cave is pitch black, but some of it is navigable due to the frequency and positions of torches. Dark parts can also be traversed, but it's nearly impossible without sight. Following the torches eventually leads to the discovery of an item. This item can be used to overcome the darkness and explore new areas. Once Rachel can see everything, it becomes apparent she's surrounded by horror. The walls are stacked with bones in all sorts of configurations. There are some artifacts and statues with inscriptions. It becomes clear that Transcend carnivores have been eating prey animals all along, and stacking their bones along these walls. Once the mysteries of the catacombs are overcome, Rachel is able to exit into the swamp.
A dank and lawless region where carnivores kill freely. A small refuge of prey animals declare “No carnivores allowed!” as killing happen all around them. Transcend’s facade has been fully exposed, and Rachel must confront them by draining the swamp.