On February 11th, 2025, the final domino in a series of world disasters fell: Catalyst 3.
This worldwide catastrophe turned our planet into the apocalypse it is today, and forced everyone left alive to constantly wear gas masks over their faces. Along with these new faces came new names, and new dangers.
In a world where you can't see anyone's true selves, how are you to know which side to trust? And trust me, there are a lot of sides.
After Catalyst 3, humans split into thousands of small factions, organizations that strive for certain ideals. The most prominent among them is Side2, the largest organization. The leader of Side2 is Sawbones, a doctor with questionable ethics who displays a friendly, affiable nature in public, but in private will do anything to keep Side2 on top.
Blackguard, the underbelly of Side2, is an assassin organization that keeps vocal detractors quiet.
ARRDO, (the ARmoRy and Defense Organization), is an organization lead by the titular Arrdo. It uses ruthless tactics and is hard at work building a mechanical army. Within ARRDO are multiple divisions, each headed by a member of the Highstander Council, a group formed specifically to govern ARRDO, with Arrdo as the commander-in-chief. ARRDO was formerly known as Scarlet Eye, and was run by Miles before Arrdo staged a mutiny and usurped Miles's position.
Humans in Hiding is an information gathering organization lead by Oliver Naut's brother Watch, otherwise known as Julio Naut. Its main purpose is to dig up as much dirt as possible on the practices of the various organizations and then sell them for high prices. This means it can afford things other organizations can't. It was formerly an organization called Cover By Night, which was run by Watch and Oliver when they were younger, in the early days of Catalyst 3.
Lilah is a mysterious organization that supposedly lives underground. Nobody knows its intentions or purposes.
The Evolving World primarily concerns itself with the adventures of Oliver Naut, a cyborg who, thanks to being a part of a dangerous experiment, has dangerous weapons built into his body, which he uses to fight off ARRDO's giant robotic mechora, and other foes.
Oliver's brother Watch also plays a central role in the main story.
The comics, however, offer many more perspectives and protagonists than the animations.
Everyone has a backstory, and especially everyone in The Evolving World. The story of many characters, including Arrdo, Nihility, Oliver, Watch, Sawbones, Miles, Grimalkin and more will be told in The Evolving World: Catalyst Wake, a visual novel that will cover all of the events in the TEW Universe.
There are already three comics out that go into specifics about some of the origins. Please visit the "Prequel Comics" section to learn more!
Welcome to a world of bounty hunters and masked assassins, of mutants and organizations, of large robotic monsters and desolate landscapes...
With four animated episodes and two comics out, The Evolving World is my largest franchise. Poke around a little and see why!