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The following is a brief summary of the Aurora's plot. If you want to read more, click the chapter links below and they will take you to the specific points of this thread.

This thread is by no means a final list of chapters in the Aurora. I will add to it as the plot continues to grow.

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The times are growing harder, for all of the worlds. In Lyra's world, the Armoured Bears and Witches grow anxious within the frozen wastelands of the north, where further south, dæmons grow fearful. Even in Will's World, people are beginning to feel anxious, though they are not sure why. A war is coming. A war that threatens to engulf all of the worlds. It is the war of the Authority and the Republic of Heaven, created by Lord Asriel himself to overthrow the monarchy of the Almighty. And thrown in the middle of this, are two children, destined to hold the greatest weapons known to all the worlds. So what will you do? Will you fight to defend the Authority, or join Lord Asriel to help bring about its destruction. Armies are mustering, and the time is drawing nearer. Every person makes a difference. What will your's be?

Table of Contents

Prologue - So It Begins
Chapter 1 - The Forces Gather
Chapter 2 - The Riot
Chapter 3 - The Great Exhibition
Chapter 4 - Help With A Briefcase
Chapter 5 - The Opening of Tower Bridge
Chapter 6 - The Plague
Chapter 7 - The Storming of the College of St Jerome's
Chapter 8 - It's Simply To Die For
Chapter 9 - The Alethiometer




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Prologue - The Forces Gather

The Magisterium is in a position of absolute power as the Republic of Heaven struggles to establish their order. Lord Asriel meets the Master to request for funds to travel to the North in search of a city which can be viewed through the aurora borealis. The Master refuses to fund the expedition due to pressure from the Magisterium, but Richard Mackenzie, Asriel's former schoolmate, covertly agrees to fund his expedition, and finance the Republic of Heaven in exchange for a position of power in the Republic of Heaven. Lord Asriel agrees, and an uneasy alliance between both men is formed.

Meanwhile, the General Oblation Board, led by Marisa Coulter begin to secretly kidnap children from the slums and send them to Bolvangar in the North in order to use them on an experiment called intercision, a process which removes children from their daemons.

The success rates are extremely low.




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Chapter 1 - The Forces Gather


Gyptians and witches flock to the Republic of Heaven and the Magisterium respectively, both bracing for the war to begin. Lord Asriel travels to the North, but he is trekked by the Magisterium and is transported to the panserbjorne for safekeeping. Sensing the need for the armoured bears to be on their side, Richard Mackenzie sends a large gift to the bears, far eclipsing the gold the Magisterium has been paying them. King Iofur Raknison immediately releases Lord Asriel and aid the Republic of Heaven. However, this is a shaky alliance at best, motivated only by gold and treasures. Lord Asriel orders the panserbjorne to build a laboratory for him, a place where he continues to conduct experiments on the aurora borealis.

The Republic begins to place spies and undercover moles within the Magisterium ranks to gather information on them...not knowing that the Magisterium themselves have done the same.

Meanwhile, the General Oblation Board continues their experiments in Bolvangar, with success nowhere in sight.




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Chapter 2 - The Riot


Enraged at the continued kidnappings of children, the people of Brytain hold a peaceful protest in front of the College of St Jerome to protest against what they perceive to be the Magisterium's lack of response towards the kidnapping.

It ends in disaster.

Panicked by what is their first public protest in history, the Magisterium opens fire at the crowd in front of the College and nearly a hundred people are killed. The Magisterium officially blames the Republic of Heaven for the deaths, although the Republicans are quick to deflect the blame by spreading their own version of events through smaller newspapers and magazines which are not controlled by the Magisterium.

This remains one of the darkest moments in Lyra's World, and is used as a symbol of the Magisterium's oppressiveness by the Republic.




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Chapter 3 - The Great Exhibition

In order to combat the negative publicity against them, the Magisterium organised an exhibition they named the Great Exhibition. It was meant to be an international exhibition of Magisterium approved works including art, literature, archaeology artifacts, and some never before seen devices by various representatives from Brytain and the world. The Exhibition is a resounding success and tickets sold were sold out immediately, with tickets selling out immediately, and thousands more queued in front of the venue just to catch a glimpse of the devices on exhibition.

The Exhibition became, and still is, one of the Magisterium's strongest points in demonstrating how accepting they are towards progress.




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Chapter 4 - Help With A Briefcase

Tired of the General Oblation Board's failure in Bolvangar, Father MacPhail of the Consistorial Court, frustrated with the General Oblation Board's continued failure to make any progress on intercision in Bolvangar, commissions VJ, a brilliant but violent and unstable scientist to experiment on new ways of intercision. The result is the Doot Machine, a machine which can intercise not only children, but adults as well, with success rates well above the results in Bolvangar.

VJ shares this information with Ryan Whitman in the underground labyrinths of Jordan's College, an Oxford undercover, who is entrusted to pass this information to the Magisterium, should anything happen to VJ. VJ demonstrates the machine in front of Ryan, only to be interrupted by Edward Branson, Ryan's handler. He is horrified at the existence of the device, and his protests cause VJ to mistake him for a Republican. VJ tortures him for the truth, but Edward escapes and defects to the Republic, divulging information of the Doot Machine to them.

Now completely deranged, VJ suspects Ryan of aiding Edward's escape and betraying the Magisterium and seeks to kill him. Ryan gains the upperhand in their fight and kills VJ, thus securing the briefcase for himself. He reports the matter to the Consistorial Court, who appoints him as the person in charge of researching the Doot Machine, on top of his duties as undercover in Jordan's.

Ryan conducts the experiment on various adults in Oxford, to varying degrees of success.




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Chapter 5 - The Opening of Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge nears the end of its construction. It is a marvelous piece of architecture and technology, and the world descends to London as the Magisterium prepare to open it to much pomp and ceremony.

With the eyes of the world on the opening, the Republic steals the limelight by covertly distributing (false) photograms of intercised children in Bolvangar and announces the existence of the secret institution in Bolvangar and the Doot Machine.

There is a public uproar, and the Magisterium disputes all the Republican allegations. Despite this, kidnapping rates gradually fall after the opening.

Infuriated by this, Father MacPhail orders the gradual shutting down of the General Oblation Board's kidnapping operations, to culminate in the complete demolition of the Institute in Bolvangar to destroy all evidence. He then plans to replace the Institute in Bolvangar with the Doot Machine in various cities around Brytain and Europe. Sensing that her reign of power is threatened, Marisa Coulter immediately volunteers for this.

A new act is enacted, forcing every book, magazine, article and newspaper to be approved by the Magisterium before distribution.




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Chapter 6 - The Plague

Oliver Rosethorn, a Magisterium researcher, creates a deadly biological weapon for the Magisterium, but accidentally unleashes it to the slums. Chaos ensues as the disease spreads in the slums, causing their daemons to attack their humans. The Magisterium does not notice the severity of the problem until it is too late, and the disease spreads to other areas of London. The Magisterium attempts to quarantine the patients in affected areas, and thousands die. Some say their acts prevented many deaths, other claim they hastened the deaths of those inside the affected areas.

Regardless, the deaths number in the tens of thousand, perhaps even a hundred thousand. Most of them were tragically unaccounted for as bodies lay strewn on the streets, occasionally to be taken to the stake and burnt. Families are torn apart

The Magisterium, with Oliver Rosethorn playing an instrumental part, finally discovers a cure, but producing it is difficult and expensive, and only the middle class can afford it. Undeterred, the Republic of Heaven buys the cure at a cost and covertly distributes the cure to the poor for free, perhaps saving thousands of lives in the process.

The Magisterium's reaction to this has both been praised and derided, but no one can dispute the cost of the disease and the lives loss.

Their involvement in producing a strain of the disease is never discovered, and the particular strain of disease is destroyed by Oliver Rosethorn in a bout of guilt...only to be captured and forced to recreate it again by the Magisterium.




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Chapter 7 - The Storming of the College of St Jerome

A few months after, the Magisterium suffers fresh embarrassment as the College of St Jerome is breached and attacked twice. The Republic of Heaven discovers a hidden chamber beneath the College, specifically designed to torture, imprison and interrogate a victim, and another smaller laboratory. The Doot Machine has been found to be hidden there, and used to experiment on small children, before it is taken away again. During the second Storming of the College by the Gyptians and the Republicans, Oliver Rosethorn and his daughter, Lalaine Rosethorn are rescued before the strain of virus which caused the plague can be fully completed.

The Republic of Heaven are derided for their attacks and are called terrorists. Support for them is eroded through this. Given their complicity in the attack, the Gyptians face fresh sanctions by the Magisterium. A new act is enacted - the police are given fresh powers to stop and search, and they can enter any building without a warrant. Serious crimes are not afforded a trial with the seriousness of the crime to be judged by the Magisterium on a case by case basis.

Meanwhile, Richard Mackenzie plans to cultivate more support from the poor by completely demolishing and reconstructing the slums in an ambitious redevelopment project. It's success remains to be seen.




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Chapter 8 - It's Simply To Die For

Lord Asriel finally finds a child suitable for his experiments. Through a similar process of intercision, he removes the child's daemon from his human, thus unleashing a large amount of energy which feeds into his experiment and opens a bridge to the city in the clouds - Cittagaze. Marisa Coulter finds him and after an argument, agrees to follow him to the city in the clouds. They leave Lyra's World, perhaps forever, and begin to travel to the other worlds. Lord Asriel leaves a message to his fellow Republicans in Lyra's World. Join him if they want to, or continue to fight for freedom in Lyra's World, but do not stand in his way. Richard Mackenzie is left with sole command of the Republic of Heaven in Lyra's World...much to his displeasure.

The Magisterium excommunicate the both of them immediately and tries to conceal the existence of the bridge from the rest of the world. Guards are sent to guard the portal, but the witches and the bears have seen enough, and they are spreading the news to their fellow allies. Meanwhile, strange windows are beginning to appear, all of them opening to other strange worlds…




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Chapter 9 - The Alethiometer

Lyra Belacqua is given the alethiometer by the Master, but the Magisterium, infuriated with her parents' actions, send an assassin to try and kill her.

A new act is enacted - Serious crimes are not afforded a trial with the seriousness of the crime to be judged by the Magisterium on a case by case basis.




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