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Barrier Blocks is an AU involving Minecraft YouTubers created by a user named ThomasThePencil. It follows a 15-year-old boy named Frisk as he ventures through the Underground under the guise of "curiosity", although nothing is quite as it seems in this new, yet familiar world...

Notable Changes

NOTICE: More will be revealed as the comic progresses.

General Changes

  • All areas, aside from the Ruins, have been renamed.
    • Snowdin ---> Snowfall (this is then split into Frozen Fir Forest and Hailton Town)
    • Waterfall ---> Wassera (pronounced "vah-sarah", resembling the german word for water)
    • Hotland ---> Volkani (pronounced "vawl-kah-knee", being a play on the world "volcano")
    • New Home ---> Capital Central
  • Additionally, the area moods and designs have been changed.
    • Whereas the canon Ruins are more upbeat and lively, the Ruins in this AU are more in a state of disrepair. The area music takes an original, more solemn style to reflect this. Statues lie within the first few rooms, and puzzles dot the caverns throughout. Adam has set up a stage where he occasionally puts on a show for the Ruins' inhabitants. Jason's home lies at the exit, not too far from the entrance to the city that lies within the Ruins.
      • Something to note: A surprisingly high-tech door lies within the Ruins, passworded by its creator...
  • The battle UI has been revamped.

Character Changes

Note: The swaplist for the Storyshift 10 is available to look at. This list will follow what has been revealed in-comic, as opposed to what is stated on the swaplist or elsewhere.

  • Frisk is a boy. A 15-year-old boy that supposedly climbed the mountain out of "curiosity about what's there." He's nothing like canon Frisk --- his eyes, which are (almost) always open, are a purple-ish color, and he talks quite a bit.
  • Flowey's role is taken by a friendly squirrel named Dongus, who is notably less aggressive than Flowey and only "attacks" Frisk out of wanting to help him learn how the Underground works. Later on, Cory tells Frisk that there is a human --- Ross (YourPalRoss) --- who died and later turned into Dongus.
  • Toriel's role is taken by a man named Jason, who has been in the Ruins for a fairly long time. He wants to help Frisk, yet ultimately leaves him more to figure out things for himself for this reason alone --- he wants Frisk to learn. He also seems to have bad memories attached to the concept of LV, even though his own is 01 (implying he hasn't killed anyone). He's implied to have been in the Ruins for a while, and is married to the Queen.
  • Napstablook's role is taken by a former celebrity named Adam (Sky Does Minecraft). He puts on shows in the Ruins in an attempt to feel more like he did in the early days of the Underground.
  • Papyrus' role is confirmed on the Tumblr to be taken by Shelby (Shubble).
  • Chara's role is taken by a voice in Frisk's head. His name is Cory (NewScapePro/NewScapeGames). He narrates the story in general and often tries speaking/responding to Frisk directly.
  • There is a second narrator whose name and role have not been publicly revealed, referred to simply as "Mystery Narrator" by the creator. Compared to Cory, they appear to narrate much more objectively, mainly emphasizing other characters' intents and emotions as opposed to their own. They mainly handle SAVE Stars and check text.

The Opening

A long time ago, a game called Minecraft was created. It became very popular over the course of six years. Many people, who came to be known as MC Youtubers, began making videos based on it. Some did roleplays, with deep stories and dark twists. Others did minigames, and contests that kept you on the edge of your seat in excitement. Still others did animations and what-if scenarios, imagining how the game might be different if certain variables were changed. But eventually, the people began to grow intolerant of them. One thing led to another, and eventually, the MC Youtubers were forced into exile under a mountain. This mountain is known as Mt. Ceplin.


12 years later, a 15-year-old boy named Frisk comes across the mountain. He supposedly takes the trip there because he's curious about what's there, and in the process of exploring, stumbles into a hole. Little does he realize...he's about to change everything.

Official Soundtrack

Due to the creator of the AU being a musician, there's a lot of music available for the AU. With one sole exception, all motifs used are original. Here's a link to the full soundtrack. If you want the list of what's been made so far, here's one provided. Situations where songs play will not be revealed here.

No. Title Version Replaces Leitmotif(s) Style Character
001 Once Upon A World v2 Once Upon A Time n/a Once Upon A Time Cory
002 Start Something v1 Start Menu

Once Upon A World

Start Menu n/a
003 Nutty Buddy v3 Your Best Friend n/a Your Best Friend (extended cut) Dongus
004 A Guardian's Protection v4 Fallen Down n/a Fallen Down (loosely) Jason
005 Ruined v3 Ruins

Has original motifs

Nutty Buddy

A Memory

The Broken Mother

Original Jason
006a Practice Fight v2 Anticipation Ruined Original Jason
006b A New Challenger v1 Enemy Approaching n/a Original Monsters
007 Determined Dead v3 Determination

n/a

Original Frisk
008a The Guy of Gold v1 n/a

Has original motifs

Butter Brawl

Original Adam
008b Butter Brawl v3 Ghost Fight n/a Ghost Fight (loosely) Adam
009a Listen to me. v1 n/a

Has original motifs

Nutty Buddy

A Memory

Spoilersong #1

Original Cory + M.N.
009b This Is Home v3 Home

Has original motifs

Ruined

The Broken Mother

Pulling At Heartstrings

Home (extremely loosely) Jason
009c Doorway Counselor v1 n/a

Ruined

Determined Dead

Dating...Start!

Original Jason + Shelby
010 Distancing v3 Heartache

Has original motifs

The Broken Mother

Pulling At Heartstrings

Heartache Jason
012 Hey there, buddy. v4 sans. n/a Original Thomas
013 A Kind Soul In The Snow v4 Nyeh Heh Heh! n/a Nyeh Heh Heh! (instrumentation differs quite a bit) Shelby
014 Freezing Firs v2 Snowy Has original motifs

Windy Chills

A Kind Soul In The Snow

A cross between Snowy and Snowdin Town Thomas + Shelby
015 Song Of Dog v2 Dogsong Dogsong (Undertale) Dogsong (but with more instruments and it's swingy) Annoying Dog
018 Hailton Town v1 Snowdin Town n/a Similar to the New Super Mario Bros. U overworld theme
020 Commandress With A Crown v4 Bonetrousle

Has original motifs

A Kind Soul In The Snow

Hailton Town

Pulling At Heartstrings

Bonetrousle (extended cut) Shelby
025 Shelby On Ice v1 n/a

Has original motifs

A Kind Soul In The Snow

Hailton Town

Original Shelby
026 Windy Chills v3 n/a

Has original motifs

Breaking Bedrock

Pulling At Heartstrings

Bonetrousle, but more swingy Thomas
027 How you say, uneasy... v3 Premonition

Has original motifs

Raging Trident

Original Thomas
028 Max v2 Undyne

Has original motifs

Raging Trident

Original Max
029 Say Cheese! v1 n/a

Has original motifs

Raging Trident

Original Cheese
030a A Fog-Covered Trail v1 Waterfall

Has original motifs

Max

Say Cheese!

Waterfall (somewhat) Max + Cheese
033a The Serenity Of The Falls v1 Quiet Water n/a Quiet Water ...
034 A Memory v2 Memory n/a Memory Ross + Cory
037 Raging Trident v3 Spear Of Justice

Has original motifs

A Queen Without Her Love

Spear of Justice (4/4, loosely) Max
045 Andy's Lab v2 Alphys

Has original motifs

Bin's Song!

Calm Before The Storm

Original Andy
046 Bin's Song! v1 It's Showtime! n/a It's Showtime Amy
047 Technicolor v2 Metal Crusher n/a Metal Crusher (somewhat) Amy
049a A Canvas Of Constructs v1 Another Medium

Has original motifs

Andy's Lab

Original style inspired by Radiance
051 Hotel (+) v2 Hotel

Andy's Lab

Bin's Song!

Hotel (based off of) Andy + Amy
053 At The CORE Of It All v1 CORE n/a CORE (loosely) Thomas
055 The world is my canvas! v1 Death By Glamour

Has original motifs

Ruined

Andy's Lab

Technicolor

Original Amy?
057 Calm Before The Storm v1 It's Raining Somewhere Else

Has original motifs

Andy's Lab

Bin's Song!

It's Raining Somewhere Else Andy
064a Storyteller Shelby (++) v2 Undertale

Once Upon A World

Nutty Buddy

A Memory

A Queen Without Her Love

Undertale (somewhat) (nobody)
064b Feeling Hopeless (++) v1 Undertale

Once Upon A World

A Memory

Undertale (somewhat) (nobody)
065a Judgement fight. v1.5 n/a

Windy Chills

Commandress With A Crown

A Queen Without Her Love

The Broken Mother

Breaking Bedrock

Bonetrousle (ridiculously extended cut) Thomas
065b Judgement speech. v1 n/a Breaking Bedrock Original The player
066 Oh! Hello! v2 Small Shock n/a it's literally just flutes do you really need me to explain Jess
072 A Queen Without Her Love v3 Bergentrückung n/a Bergentrückung, with some more instruments Jess
073 The Broken Mother v3 ASGORE

Has original motifs

A Guardian's Protection

Ruined

Determined Dead

Distancing

A Memory

A Queen Without Her Love

Breaking Bedrock

ASGORE Jess
080 ohey ambience v1 Ooo ... tapeworm flute in the bottom like two octaves that's it Andy...?
103 Faith Before Fatality v2 n/a

Commandress With A Crown

A Memory

At The CORE Of It All

Breaking Bedrock

similar to One Shall Prevail (from Inverted Fate) Shelby
105 A Deadly Dance With A Hotheaded Hero v3 Battle Against A True Hero

Has original motifs

Breaking Bedrock

based off of this Underswap BAaTH Max
108 Breaking Bedrock v9 Megalovania

Has original motifs

At The CORE Of It All

Original The player
??? Spoilersong #1 (+++) v1 ??? n/a Original ???
??? Spoilersong #2

(+++)

v1 n/a

How you say, uneasy...

[unrevealed song]

similar to Here We Are ???

[+] Full title is "Do You Seriously Call This A Hotel, I Didn't Even Get A Coloring Book or Some Crumpets"

[++] These two are mutually exclusive. You will never hear both on the same route.

[+++] These songs are incredibly spoilery, but have been uploaded because their context and purpose is important.


Sprite Gallery

Trivia

  • The AU was just titled "Undercraft" at first conception. The name was changed fairly early into production and became what is now known as "Barrier Blocks."
  • None of the genocide route fight songs take the style of a canon Undertale track.
  • While it currently only has a sprite comic, the AU is largely built around being a game and will be getting a game sometime in the future, although it will not be created for a while due to the sheer scale of the AU.

Comic Part Links (/r/Undertale)

Pacifist

  1. Jason and the Squirrel
  2. Introductory Discoveries
  3. Statues and Scribbles
  4. An Entertaining Encounter
  5. Someone To Call "Dad"

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