Elysian Fields Project Whitepaper
Originally Published: November 26, 2021
The Elysian Fields project was started by Empyrean Source Industries in 2021. What started as an NFT collection quickly broadened in vision to encompass a much larger project. This project is building Elysian Fields into a Blockchain Metaverse with its own Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) to develop, maintain, and govern the space. In addition to the DAO, ESI formed the Creators Guild, a selection of DAO members who collectively work together with ESI to execute goals on the Road Map and directly contribute to the NFT project.
The Metaverse is a new frontier for the internet, blockchain, NFTs, and gaming. The Elysian Fields is a Metaverse that can be used for like minded individuals to unite, trade NFTs and share content via blockchain technology in order to design their own experience. The EF DAO is formed by a collective of artists, creators, and developer initiatives utilizing a blockchain highway of trustless systems designed to maximize potential. This association is able to forge new pathways for commerce and conscious interaction in the Metaverse.
The Elysian Fields NFT project, ESI, and the EF Metaverse Discord are all under the umbrella of the Empyrean Source Platform to form the Elysian Fields Metaverse. This metaverse is an ecosystem of decentralized applications (dApps) that allows users to create their own experiences in the virtual world. The Metaverse combines blockchain technology with digital identity, establishing an interconnected framework of smart objects within the virtual space so other blockchains can interact with the Metaverse and exchange value effortlessly.
Non-Fungible Token (NFT)
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) is a new class of digital assets. An NFT is a unique and non-interchangeable unit of data stored on a digital ledger. NFTs can be used to represent easily-reproducible items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files as unique items, and use blockchain technology to establish a verified and public proof of ownership. Each NFT acts much the same way as a deed to a house, a note on a car, a license for an action, protection for intellectual property, and as certificates of authentication.
NFT’s connect the creator and minter directly to the process of distribution in an open market format, and provide rights of ownership and royalties to fans and owners of the content. It acts as an encrypted, accessible container that digital content can be placed inside of, and sealed with a smart contract and minters signature. The container is then minted (coded into the blockchain ledger) and issued to the personal wallet (i.e. MetaMask) of the individual either who minted or purchased it or to a wallet on a market platform (i.e. Open Sea) to be sold. Once it is purchased, the rights of ownership are completely in the hands of the purchaser to transfer to whatever wallet they desire, and accessed through any supported player or viewer of their choice (NFTs: Art in the Digital Age, Osburn, 2021). Purchased NFTs can then be resold for a higher value than originally purchased in relation to its growth of digital asset value as determined by Trade Volume.
NFTs differ from cryptocurrencies by their uniqueness and ownership value. Two individual bitcoins are worth the same and, therefore, are fungible. That means they can be traded or exchanged for one another. But NFTs are different. Due to their unique digital signatures, it’s impossible for NFTs to be exchanged or to be equal to one another. Hence, they are non-fungible (Exmo, 2021).
For the project, NFTs minted into the Elysian Field collection will act as passports to the Metaverse as well as to populate it. Possession of a passport grants membership to the DAO and is required for entry to Elysian Fields. Users can hold more than one passport, but only one is required to remain in possession to retain membership. The wallet that holds their passport will be connected to the Metaverse and act as their user ID on the blockchain.
Empyrean Source ($ESI) Token
Empyrean Source ($ESI) Token is a new cryptocurrency token powered by blockchain technology. It is the main utility and currency within the Elysian Fields Metaverse and used to power all ESI projects, including in-game economies, and for protocols to create fair and mutually beneficial online worlds.
Every aspect of the platform is fueled by ESI tokens, via play-to-earn (PTE) model through games or as incentives for certain activities. Using ESI software, playing games, attending events, and engaging with the Community are all ways to earn $ESI. It can be used to swap for NFTs, peer to peer (P2P) trading, and redeemed for certain rewards, packages, or giveaways. The token can be purchased from ESI or exchanged for certain rewards, prizes, and rare items.
Empyrean Source Industries will oversee the minting and distribution of $ESI. An ICO will take place on the Empyrean Source website where interested parties can purchase it directly from ESI. Eventually, more token offerings will take place on exchanges, once trading is supported on official crypto exchange platforms.
Metaverse Project Components
Empyrean Source Industries (ESI)
ESI is a Metaverse & NFT company that empowers artists, developers, businesses, and operators with our NFT services and a range of Softwares as a Service (SaaS) are available as ESI creations and the Consultation Division assists brands and communities to craft their legacy. We work closely with artistic, creative, and business clients to use metaverse and blockchain technology solutions successfully. The company consists of a range of developers, designers, artists, and skilled freelancers.
ESI is overseeing the project development and began with starting the Gaian Road Ledger. The ledger is a master ID list that will lay the first steps of the Elysian Fields NFT collection by recording and minting the first NFTs. The collection will serve the project in its later development stages but also act as tokenization of the project to assist in funding and bringing the community to the table. It will also be minting and distributing $ESI.
Decentralized Autonomous Organization
The Elysian Fields DAO is a collective of artists, initiatives, and like-minded individuals utilizing a blockchain highway of trustless systems designed to maximize potential of those involved and the success of the project. ESI and the development team serve the DAO, but DAO members are also expected to take ownership of the space and community to ensure the quality of experience for all users. Once the project is complete and moves towards late stages of development, the platform will become more fully decentralized, with the DAO managing security and governance, as well as proposals for new developments and funded projects.
The users of Elysian Fields and any of its software, NFTs, or events are required to possess a passport and connect their Metamask or supported wallet. To connect a wallet, users must first create an Empyrean Source account. Visit the EF Portal and connect a supported wallet. Then purchase an NFT that is part of the Elysian Fields Metachip Passport program. By purchasing a passport, users are granted DAO membership and all benefits entitled to it.
The Creators Guild was formed by ESI to assist directly with the Elysian Fields NFT collection to assist with generating artwork to produce as many NFTs as possible during the first phases of the project. The purpose of the Creators Guild has expanded to include development of software, hardware, marketing, and sale of the NFTs in an effort to allow opportunities for individuals with diverse skill sets to collaborate and further the project. ESI is currently selecting candidates but in the future there will be an application process and DAO membership will be required.
Elysian Fields NFT Metachips
The Elysian Fields NFT collection is a set of 144,000 NFTs with custom artwork, rarity, and collectible attributes that acts as a full fledged collection, but also lays the framework for the Metaverse by creating identifiers and content to populate it. These NFTs may be a number of different types: places, entities, objects, IDs, and actions. Places will be locations in the Elysian Fields Metaverse that might be visitable or real estate for living, gathering, and business. Entities could be creatures, AI, organizations, or special companions. Objects could be clothing, music, art, weapons, vehicles, and any number of visual or programmable effects. IDs may act as passports, membership level or status, group roles, or access for developers, creators, and any other special cases. Actions may be emotes, interactions, abilities, minigame functions, or world events.
The Gaian Road ledger is the master list of Elysian Fields NFTs enabled as unique identifiable datum to the Metaverse. There will only be 144,000 ERC-71 NFTs released for the EF Collection as part of the EF Passport Program. Each NFT contains metadata (data providing information about one or more aspects of the data) and functionality within the blockchain embedded within the contract. This embedding is what is called Metachips. Each metachip can function as a passport to the Elysian Fields Metaverse and grants membership to the DAO. To claim membership, owners of an Elysian Fields Collection NFT must hold it in a secure crypto wallet that will be verified by attaching it to an Empyrean Source account.
The first 100 cards of the collection are known as the Genesis set, to start the collection and to begin providing proof of work and use cases for NFTs in an evolving blockchain climate. The second batch to be released is what is known as the EDEN set, inspired by Natural themes, flora & fauna, and begins populating the ledger with entities. What will follow EDEN, is a location set and the Zenith Orion set. The Zenith Orion set is in partnership with Zenii from the Gate to produce NFTs featuring a wave of exclusive Zenii content highlighting the visual arts, musical and vocal talent, spoken word, and collaborative content.
From there, ESI will continue to populate the ledger by partnering with the Creators Guild, DAO members, and clients. Each artist involved will be listed with their works and the nature of the content, metadata, and NFT smart contract. As each artist or set of collaborative work is brought onto the project, releases will be booked into the ledger at a certain range of slots. This will also provide a timeline for the scheduling of set releases.
When all 144,000 passports are issued and sold, no new passports will be minted by ESI. The Elysian Fields NFT collection will conclude. It will be left to ESI and the DAO community to decide on the matter of new passport creation at a later time in the developer Road Map.
Airdrops will be used in conjunction with the community and affiliates to promote the spread, purchase, and use of the NFT passports. Airdrops will take place at different events, live streams, and special giveaways. These airdrops will distribute NFTs to users en masse by sending them to a list of wallet addresses. The holders of these wallets will now possess a passport themselves, which is also a digital asset of value on the Ethereum or other NFT blockchains.
The value of this asset can be listed at a price of the owner’s choosing. However, the intention is to build a community that can surround the project by recognizing the incentives inherent in the project outcomes. By doing collaborative airdrops and listing strategies, DAO members and airdrop partners can quickly scale the project and receive direct commission for the sale of the NFT. Airdrops for the Elysian Fields collection will be managed by ESI until the conclusion of the project. In later stages, the community and DAO may propose and sponsor their own airdrops.
By airdropping Elysian Fields NFTs to viewers, it will provide an alternative method of obtaining a passport as well as participating in community giveaways and collaborative listings. When a user becomes a DAO member by possessing a metachip passport, they immediately qualify for Elysian Fields airdrops. If they do not possess a passport, users can also attend certain events in which a link will be provided during a period of the event where they can sign up with their wallet to receive an airdrop reward.
Metaverse in 3D/VR
As a major component of the project, ESI is building a virtual reality using the Unity engine application in order to facilitate user interaction, modeling of NFTs and developer elements, trading & exchange, and ultimately a community hub.
There will be two starting components of Realms: the Community Center and Personal Realm. The Community Center, as its name implies, is the true center of the Elysian Fields Metaverse. This will be the location of the Elysian Fields Gallery, the Community Center, the Gaian Road Market, and Comrades Hall, the home of the Comrades Gate community. Here players will begin their journey in EF: Realms. It is the initial spawn point for beginners to properly introduce them to the Realm and the Metaverse by surrounding them with friendly faces. The Center also hosts the Emperor’s Cup, which is a seasonal e-sport event that occurs in the Battlegrounds (see EF: Battlegrounds)
Personal Realm is the hub for each player. This space is private to the user and can be used to design and build anything in their Realm with either assets provided or by possessing an EF NFT that acts as an asset file for creator tools and elements when designing a Personal Realm. Users can invite their friends to share their private space and control who is able to join their instance. This is also where any NFTs the user may have collected can be displayed, as well as the Social Wall for displaying a customizable user profile.
From the first step into Realms, users will be capable of immersing themself into it by exploring the Community Center, visiting the Gallery, meeting the Comrades, and checking out what NFTs are available for purchase at the Gaian Road Market. Before users can proceed from spawn, they will be required to A) possess or create an Empyrean Source account B) connect a supported wallet and C) verify that wallet as a DAO member by purchasing an EF NFT Metachip.
Realms will include a play-to-earn (PTE) model using $ESI token as a reward for performing actions, completing task/quests/objectives, event giveaways, and in-game selling & trading. $ESI tokens accrued will be retained in game anywhere across the Metaverse via your Empyrean Source account. Until an ICO occurs, the only place possible to purchase $ESI is directly from the Empyrean Source website Token Store. When $ESI is fully launched, it can be cashed out into a connected and verified wallet, however removing funds from in-game will result in a fee.
Co-op Multiplayer FPS
In order to bring a broader experience to the Metaverse and for users who enjoy competitive play, ESI is creating Elysian Fields: Battlegrounds in conjunction with Realms. It is a first person shooter using the Unity engine application with Elysian Field elements and assets in game to provide a more immersive experience to the Metaverse aside from the community 3D world EF: Realms. It will host a variety of game modes using private and publicly hosted servers. Vanilla maps will be included, but community workshop and modding provides the ability to create custom maps and game modes. EF: Battlegrounds will use assets from across the Elysian Fields Metaverse as part of in-game world building.
EF: Battlegrounds is a co-op and multiplayer PVP shooter based in the various Realms of Elysian Fields. By integrating wallet verification requiring an EF NFT Metachip, this allows DAO members to join and create lobbies with varying game modes and match rules. Custom lobbies, killstreaks, clans and classes are all features being implemented into the game, with a progression system currently being developed. The Emperor’s Cup seasonal esports events will take place in Battlegrounds when called for.
Battlegrounds will include a play-to-earn (PTE) model using $ESI token as a reward for performing actions, completing tasks/quests/objectives, event giveaways, and in-game selling & trading. $ESI tokens accrued will be retained in game anywhere across the Metaverse via your Empyrean Source account. Until an ICO occurs, the only place possible to purchase $ESI is directly from the Empyrean Source website Token Store. When $ESI is fully launched, it can be cashed out into a connected and verified wallet, however removing funds from in-game will result in a fee.
EF: Someday Maybe
Metaverse Show for News, Content, & Guests
Find the latest information on blockchain, NFTs, and other topics in this metaverse show!
We will discuss ESI & Elysian Fields development as well as airdrop NFTs. You can tune into live streams of these episodes via Twitch or catch them after they’re posted to YouTube and Empyreansource.io. VR technology will be used for some segments that occur in different Metaverses, so don’t miss your chance to explore these worlds with us! The average episode lasts about an hour but may exceed this time limit. Whether you’re new to Metaverses or just want to brush up on your knowledge, Someday Maybe is a weekly series that gives listeners a way to keep a thumb on the pulse of the latest Metaverse happenings.
Each show is likely to include the following content –
- Top news in crypto, NFT, Metaverse, and break down by topic
- Elysian Fields development
- New music/content/announcements
- NFT creation of episode
From time to time, developers will invite featured guests from the EF DAO and related communities to join them on the Someday Maybe show. Every show includes NFT Drops, exclusive insight to ESI and the development of the Metaverse. Additionally, at the end of each show, there will be a social segment to read comments, and casually chat with guests.
Join developers each week as they talk with each other and with other influencers who share their expertise in immersive experiences. You’ll learn about the latest developments for this exciting new technology, but also get a peek into these creators’ philosophies on life, philosophy, fame, imitation and living up to your name. The first episode airs November 14th!
To fuel the community aspect of the project and to create an active space early in development, a Discord hub has been created for the EF Metaverse. Discord is a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), instant messaging and digital distribution platform. Users communicate with voice calls, video calls, text messaging, media and files in private chats or as part of communities called servers. Servers are a collection of persistent chat rooms and voice chat channels which can be accessed via invite links and permission roles. Discord runs on Windows, macOS, Android, iOS, iPadOS, Linux, and in web browsers. As of 2021, the service has over 350 million registered users and over 150 million monthly active users.
ESI has a history of utilizing Discord as a method to communicate with clients and users. The creators of ESI own their own private community which has been an active server since 2019, but use of the platform dates back to 2017. Discord provides social communications and content sharing infrastructure in a customizable format. These facets will assist the coordination of the project and provide an easily accessible space to visit the Metaverse during its construction. DAO meetings, ESI consultations and developer sessions, NFT discussion and airdrops, and dedicated chat rooms for the Empyrean Source Platform.
The creation of certain Metaverse Locations is necessary in order to connect certain hubs of the Elysian Fields to each other. Each location has its own dedicated events, chats, community activity, and culture in its own right. As the project develops, more locations will be added and become fully visitable in EF: Realms. Locations can also be broken down into plots of digital real estate that can be purchased as an NFT in the EF Collection.
The current Elysian Fields Metaverse Locations are:
COMRADES GATE was the first Metaverse location of the Elysian Fields. Formed in 2019, this Discord based online community has been a thriving digital space with its own culture and Comradeship. Until 2021, the Gate was open to all travelers on the Internet. However, with the opening of the Elysian Fields, entry to Comrades Gate will be limited. This thriving community is founded upon certain cornerstones and protecting the experience of the core members is important. Guests and Friends of the Gate will be able to come to the public spaces of the Gate and to certain events that are open to the outside. There are ways to join the Gate, but the first step begins with friendship! Obtaining a passport is the next…
216th REGIMENT HQ is the aircraft carrier and headquarters for the 216th as well as the Empyrean Reactor which aids the Regiment in their travels across the Metaverse doing battle against ComKill. HQ, codename “HMVOC” will act as the military outpost of the Elysian Fields. This ARMA 3 regiment has been in existence since November 2020 when it was recommissioned by the Imperial Court of Comrades Gate after the dissolution of the Imperial Army. It acts as an echelon of vanguard forces to protect the Gate and the safety of the Elysian Fields from dimensional threats.
EMPYREAN SOURCE INDUSTRIES (ESI) is a Metaverse & NFT company that empowers artists, developers, businesses, and operators with our NFT services. ESI was inspired to lay the first blocks of the Elysian Fields and formed the EF DAO to call others to walk along the Road. ESI manages minting, listing, and grading for NFT Digital Artwork, Collectibles, and Music. Additionally, a range of Softwares as a Service (SaaS) are available as ESI creations and the Consultation Division assists brands and communities to craft their legacy.
ELYSIAN FIELDS GALLERY is the hub of the Elysian Fields Realms. It contains premium Elysian Fields NFTs and is the home of the Genesis set. When users and DAO members first enter Realms, they will arrive at the Gallery and venture on from there. The land for the Gallery and central hub will indefinitely remain in the possession of ESI and permanently reside in the Metaverse. DAO meetings, events, and community gatherings will take place here.
The Elysian Fields project was sparked by Empyrean Source Industries in 2021 with a goal of building Elysian Fields into a blockchain based Metaverse and to show the public what the fullest digital and real life integrated experience can look like. The phrase metaverse has been popping up more and more lately, but not too many people are aware of what it is. Our Metaverse project is a unique, next-generation blockchain initiative that returns ownership of identity, property, and space back to the individual. ESI kicked off the project by establishing the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) and infrastructure functionality through the use of NFTs.
The EF Metaverse is an immersive experience powered by the DAO and NFTs. It will be the go to place for finding competitive and cooperative online games, socializing, or even vacations. A blockchain-based virtual reality enabled Metaverse, Elysian Fields will create a decentralized world with its own cryptocurrency that can be utilized within the platform or outside of it. Embedded within the foundation of it are the same principles that guide ESI. These principles are to uphold ethical considerations for the best interest of human wellbeing and by allowing continuous innovation into products that are immersive, collaborative and completely decentralized.
Metachip enabled NFTs act as passports that allow users to enter the Elysian Fields blockchain Metaverse as well as giving them membership to the DAO. The DAO boasts an emerging ecosystem where users from all over the world from all walks of life will be able to take part in governing this virtual space and building community together. User crypto wallets will act as their user ID on the blockchain, meaning that there will be no need for logins or passwords aside from initial wallet setup. This setup requires registration and verification that the wallet contains an Elysian Fields NFT. This project does not require any central architecture to operate, which makes it much more difficult to target by hackers or other security risks inherent in modern day centralized servers.
Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are a new form of digital asset. We believe in the power of NFTs to represent easily-reproducible items such as photos, videos, audio, and other types of digital files as unique tokens that exist on blockchain technology. The valuation for this style token often comes from scarcity or an arbitrary value ascribed by the holder through time which can accumulate utility in computer games, trading card markets, limited licenses etc. A philosophy that ESI holds regarding NFTs is that it provides a receipt of digital ownership to authenticate someone’s right to that asset.
The Elysian Fields Metaverse contains a variety of games, softwares, and events to choose from. Experience an interactive, immersive world where anything is possible! It will empower those who have had their creativity silenced or been left out of the development process by allowing them to contribute or design virtual worlds that they want to see represented with their own vision. Build that perfect estate; play games with friends; buy and sell goods at trade fairs; hang out in the adventurer’s tavern — and much more. Elysian Fields Metaverse lets you be whoever you want to be by making your mark on this virtual world through trading, earning, and spending $ESI.
The Elysian Fields Someday Maybe is an informative show broadcasting live so you can see what design and development the team is working on as well as meet interesting guests. If you’re looking for an exciting new project to get involved with, if you’re a real-time investor looking for a great investment or someone who’s just curious about what it’s like to be part of an emerging technology, Elysian Fields Someday Maybe Show is for you. Tune in live to watch as representatives from ESI and the Elysian Fields development team work with blockchain entrepreneurs and creatives from across various sectors as they explore how decentralized technology can offer new opportunities to those at the forefront of tomorrow’s innovation economy. Subscribe to Elysian Fields Someday Maybe Show on Twitch or YouTube to get up-to-date information about uploads of broadcasts from around the Metaverses.
Building an active, thriving community is at the heart of what we are building with Elysian Fields which is why we have chosen to use valuable communication technologies such as Discord and Telegram. The purpose is to fuel the discussion, excitement, engagement and coordination for our project by putting it in the hands of the people to explore it’s features and capabilities. Collaboration is welcomed and encouraged with the hopes of unique projects being built off the current framework by the DAO and others. While also utilizing discussion forums housed on Empyrean Source Platform website, use of other technologies aims to provide additional interactions and promotes engagement.
Take care to check back often for updates on new additions! Collaborate and build your world with fellow citizens in the Metaverse. Ask questions to get advice from other developers, designers and community members. This is your opportunity to get in on the ground floor of an industry that’s going to be worth trillions within the next decades.
Nicholas Ebel, ‘Yanja’
Benjamin Osburn, ‘Zen’
Elysian Fields Info: https://elysianfieldsnft.com/
Elysian Fields Collection: https://opensea.io/collection/elysian-fields-collection
Metaverse Discord: https://discord.gg/HtSmSqeNke
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Exmo. (2021, August 27). NFTS explained: Everything you need to know about non-fungible tokens. Medium. Retrieved November 10, 2021
Osburn, B. (2021, August 8). NFT: Art in the digital landscape. Empyrean Source Industries. Retrieved November 11, 2021
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