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The World of Darkness is an alternate world in Dragon Quest VIII that the party must take a detour to in the search for Evil Sir Leopold. As the portal to this world was located on the Isolated Plateau, its World of Darkness' counterpart is likewise the only place of this reality that could be explored.


Originally the World of Darkness and the regular world, also known as the World of Light, formed a single, chaotic world. Eventually, the two worlds separated in two distinctive and almost identical dimensions, reaching a balance both among themselves as well as within. The World of Light became a world filled with colors, while the World of Darkness became a world mostly in black and white. However the demon Rhapthorne, wanting to rule over all of creation, forcibly rose to power and conquered his homeworld, the World of Darkness, then attempted to recombine it with the World of Light before he was stopped by the Seven Sages. When in Empycchu, the party hear about the Dark Eye, a portal to the World of Darkness, that sometimes appears in Empyrea's shadow. The party then proceed to chase the shadow from Empyrea's usual roost to a small hill past a couple of poisonous swamps, where the shadow transforms into the Dark Eye.

The World of Darkness is not much different from the World of Light, the landscape is basically the same, but the world is in black-and-white, except, interestingly, water, fire, poison, treasure chests, items and anything belonging from the World of Light. There are also dark versions of normal monsters, many of which are stronger than their World of Light counterparts. The Hero and his part are free to explore the island, but they are limited to the Isolated Plateau because their ship was still in the World of Light, with the only Zoom location being the small village of Dark Empycchu.

After visiting Dark Empycchu, the Hero and his party finds out Empyrea has been damaging the village, so they go to her roost to find out what's going on, but they end up fighting her instead. After the battle, she explains Gemon, Rhapthorne's servant, is forcing her to attack Dark Empycchu or he will harm her egg. She asks the Hero to climb the Godbird's Eyrie, where Gemon is holding her egg hostage, and fight him. After Gemon is defeated, he casts Kamikazee and takes the egg out with him. However, the spirit of the child inside the egg is then contained inside a stone called the Godbird's soulstone, which grants the party the ability to turn into a bird and fly, but only in the World of Light. Empyrea entrusts the Hero with this stone, and then the party return to the World of Light.

Once freed from the Sceptre, Rhapthorne restarted once again the process of merging the two realities together, creating huge portals from which his servants from the World of Darkness began pouring into the World of Light. However by doing so he accidentaly allowed Empyrea to escape her confinement and return to the World of Light in order to aid the heroes against the Lord of Darkness. Only with his ultimate demise the process of merging was permanently stopped.

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  • According to its bestiary entry, in the reality of Dragon Quest VIII, Drackies where originally denizens of the World of Darkness before they successfully populate the World of Light.

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