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A view of the Heavtal Virchworld through a visual interface
Heavtal Virch Museum is a virchworld that was brought online on Kepler 14, 4555 AT by a group of musicians and historians known as Heavtal. The virchworld is a bounded, three dimensional construct with multiple layers. Each layer is a meticulously designed environment that represents a wide range of musical genres from across Terragen history. Some layers represent truly ancient genres, such as heavy metal and noise music from the 20th - 21st century CE.

The virchworld is updated whenever there is a new development in musical history, causing the size and layout of each layer to gradually and constantly change. Many of the layers appear as open gardens or outdoor mazes that are themed after a genre of music. Others consist of rooms that create a more intimate experience for the visitor. Each layer automatically changes its size and the design of the exhibits in response to the body plan of the visitor.

The more abstract and bizarre layers (as experienced by baseline and most nearbaseline humans) represent music that is enjoyed by entities from different places in the toposophic landscape, including xenosophonts and archailects. The virch's perception controls include psychoware features that allow the user to temporarily alter their mind as means of exploring these sometimes esoteric genres and the theory behind them.

Within each layer, there are statues of famous musicians from throughout Terragen history scattered about. Each statue acts as a portal leading to sub-virches that allow the user to learn more about the selected artist by experiencing notable events in their life from the perspective of the musician themselves. Statues of singers, composers, critics and other notable people across musical history are also displayed and accessible. The collected musical works of any and all artists displayed in Heavtal can be experienced at any point in the virch, either as part of individual exhibits or by accessing the virch's environmental control layer. Each layer is accessible from any other via an internal 'teleport' network that resides within the virch itself.

Heavtal runs on a 24 hour day/night cycle and during the periods of darkness three moons appear in its night 'sky'. The moons themselves are large, flat circular disks covered in displays of ancient and modern musical instruments. An educational overlay system accessible on each moon allows visitors to learn how to play any displayed instrument. Alternatively, downloadable skill modules can allow a visitor to learn how to play any instrument almost instantly, but this option is generally less popular. The moons are accessible via specialized portals scattered throughout each layer of the main Heavtal environment.
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Text by Arrittrobi
Initially published on 25 October 2021.