General description and characteristics
A) General description and access of the Territory
Unquestionably the most misty and the most dangerous of Territories, Carthage is a only space in all Lyoko. It is besides the center of the Virtual World, where are contained all the secrets of Lyoko and a lot of information on XANA and Hopper! It is on him that converge all the power cables of the tours(towers,ballots) of four Territories of Surface (when they exist)!
The name of the Territory seems itself paradoxical. If the heroes call it quite silly the 5th Territory, it seems to be called Carthage exactly the same name as the military program which XANA was supposed to destroy: "Carthage Project". Finally, XANA destroyed well Carthage, but not the voucher.
Hidden profoundly from the heart of Lyoko, Carthage was accessible only thanks to the carrier, who appears when Jérémie enters the password " SCIPIO ". Without him, to reach the 5th territory was impossible. It comes to look for our heroes in the extremities of 4 other territories and takes them in Arena, a circular room, goes out of hall of the territory.
Now, the heroes can virtualize there directly, since the episode 64 "Overwork"!
A strong luminous flow surrounds Carthage so preventing us lasting for a long time to estimate its real aspect. This strong source of energy was stemming, in fact, from the incalculable number of data passing in transit towards the central Territory and got by this one. In the episode 66 "Renaissance", Carthage is the present only Territory on Lyoko, just like in Réplika of the aforementioned territory. So, thanks to it, we were able to have an overview of Carthage.
The sector appears as a huge ball in a huge sphere. I quickly remind you that even if their shape is similar, the ball is filled with material, whereas the sphere is hollow. The first bark of Carthage, that hidden by the previously quoted light, seems rather fine. Of solid appearance outside, its consistency seems similar to that from the outside of Réplika, strengthening the idea that Carthage is an autonomous world within the virtual world. The inside of this sphere establishes on the extremities of a digital known well sea (where from goes out Mantas) and which marks the limits of the Night sky.
The ball, it, is the main component of the Territory. It floats in the middle of this one, as the pit(core) of an atom, surrounded with 4 flows of data connecting it with 4 other territories.
This ball is called, moreover, Core.
We know that Carthage is the territory of XANA, the place where he lives. This territory is not connected with the normal program of realization, that is the one that use 4 other territories. It means that if one of our heroes loses all his points of life in Carthage, it will not come back to earth as long as the appropriate program is not launched. Jérémie and Aelita quickly have to make the discovery of this program
To leave a luck to their friend to evolve on this singular Territory (Episode 29 "Exploration"). The latter is often trapped, what makes that the heroes can be there dévirtualiser by other thing than monsters!
The Territory is so vast and complete that a description place by place will be essential! (See Frame n°2)
B) Role in the series
Even if it is discovered only in the season 2, the importance of Carthage is dominating in the series. The Territory is in the center of many stakes and its control is heavy of consequences.
Only from the point of view of the virtual world, Carthage is the Central Territory and not that from the point of view of the location. If on our Earth, " all the ways lead to Rome ", on Lyoko, " all the cables lead to Carthage ". Effectively, all the towers of all the Territories of surfaces are connected via their cables with the Fifth Territory. Them data pass in transit in the form of flow which sink into the blueTerritory up to the Heart of Lyoko.
Carthage is thus the data bank of Lyoko. Information on XANA, on Hopper or any virtual point of the life, everything can be found on the interface.
Carthage is also the energy center of Lyoko. He can breathe some energy into tours(towers,ballots) or even into Skidbladnir. Jérémie uses it in the episode 67 " Bad Retort ". The most powerful programs, as the final which brings down XANA or still that to repair the bug from which Odd and Yumi in the episode 42 "Disorder" suffers, can be launched only since the interface.
Carthage is thus ceaselessly the scene of a confrontation between the heroes and XANA who can have multiple stakes.
To obtain information is mainly the purpose in the second season:
Having understood the unlimitedness of the data to which the interface gives access, Jérémie quickly gets that the key of the conflict and the rescue of Aelita is in this Territory. The heroes want to sink there, XANA tends to defend him... It is the war...
The energy conflict is the stake in the third season:
Without the heart of Lyoko, the virtual world cannot be any more. XANA, having escaped from Lyoko to create its own Réplikas, tries to destroy the heart and Lyoko. The heroes will have to, this time, protect the 5th Territory.
Nevertheless, the energy will be the source of other conflict, in particular for the engaging of the programs, as mentioned higher.
In the 4th season, the 5th Territory is set back unfortunately much more and takes downright a secondary role. Except both attacks concerned Skid (Episode 70 and 76) and the attack concerned the heart (Episode 74), Carthage will not be more than the place of loading of the heroes. The main scenario will be the following one: the heroes arrive, embark, leave and return one hour or two later, park their vessel and dévirtualisent.
Sometimes, the heroes, after loading, have to interrupt their mission to return quickly
On Earth further to a problem (as in the episode 81 " Eye for eye ") or on Lyoko to adorn an attack (Episode 74 "Celestial body"). In this last case, even not need to go back by Carthage.
In summary, in this fourth season, Carthage is the point of transition between both poles of confrontation: Tower of the Territories of Surface and distant Réplikas in the Digital Sea. His importance thus decreases crucially. It is nevertheless in this blue planet which the conflict will affect in its term: Franz Hopper sacrifices for passing on the energy and Aelita engages the program multi-agents at the origin of the death of XANA there.
In the end, set apart the short-lived passages to embark aboard Skid, almost all the visits of the heroes on this Territory will have had a strong impact either a consequence on the progress of the series. The main events which will take place will be there:
28 " Unknown Earth ": discovery of the Territory
29 "Exploration": exploration and appropriation of the functioning of the Territory
49 "Franz Hopper": discovery of the tower of the 5th Territory
52 "Recollection": flight of the memory of Aelita and the keys of Lyoko; escape in the network of XANA; death then resurrection of Aelita.
*53-55-57-60-62-65-74: Attacks of the heart of Lyoko
65 " Last Round ": William's long-term Xanatification; destruction of Lyokô
66 "Renaissance": the Renaissance of Lyoko
70 "Skidbladnir": creation of Skidbladnir
94 "Counter-attacks": engaging of the program multi-agents and died from XANA.
Nevertheless, we could raise a crowd of the other events which took place as the rescue of Yumi in the episode 34 "Missing link" there. We may say, if the Japanese had stayed there, that would have made a white in the series.
C) From XANA to Jérémie
Carthage is at first under total control of XANA.
It is translated by numerous facts, the first one being the ceaseless proliferation of its monsters. The Crawling are present, sometimes by tens, appearing of everywhere.
Besides, XANA uses its influence on the Territory to open them passages in walls or still transport them on one block blues (Episode 52 "Recollection").
The presence of XANA can be perceived by diverse manners and by multiple points impossible to enumerate. Let us quote for example the episode 30 " A big day " in which it will hide data pirates in the interface to infect the supercomputer and reach secure zones. Also let us raise the episode 29 "Exploration" where he bung a corridor of laser beam. Last apocalyptic example: the complete collapse, always in the episode 52, of the room of the delusion.
Then the moment comes when XANA says " Good bye, Lyoko ". Leaving in the Network XANA give up a part of the influence which exercised him on Carthage. We can prove him in the following way, if he had been connected to it still as much as in the debuts, the program multi-agents would certainly have destroyed Lyoko in the same way as Réplikas.
However, the program can again dazzle us with sleights of hand. In the episode 62 "Disembodiment", he opens a passage through a wall to the physical xanatifiée envelope of Ulrich.
And finally, Carthage died. Not much time... When Jérémie recreates Lyoko, gives her exchange completely and the genius is then at the controls(is then in charge) of the 5th Territory. It is translated by several examples.
- He becomes capable of modifying the gasoline of the Territory, cancelling the safeties(securities) annoying as the key which disappears quite simply in the episode 66.
- He modifies the structure of the Territory by creating the Garage Skid.
- He becomes capable of extracting the energy from it. He diverts this one to protect towers (Episode 67 " Bad retort "), Skidbladnir (Episode 88 " enemy Cousins ") or to create programs (the multi-agents of the episode 94 "Counter-attack").
The appropriation of Carthage by Jérémie thus modified the balance of power between XANA and the heroes and gave a gentle tap to nine in this Territory which we began to know well.
D) Episodes which take place there
( Note: certain episodes are not mentioned because the heroes pass there only to take Skid (according to recurring usual sequences in the series, as are it the sequences of virtualisation).
94 blue Planet (Réplika of the 5th Territory) 77 virtual Torpedoes 76 The lake 74 Counter-attack 87 I prefers not to speak 73 Réplika 71 about it First journey 70 Skidbladnir 66 the Renaissance
65 Last round 62 Disembodiment 60 Tarantula in the ceiling 57 Aelita 55 Tidal wave 53 right in the Heart
52 Recollection 51 Revelations 49 Franz Hopper 48 Spirit-rapper 46 Imprints 44 Dizziness 42 Disorder 34 Missing link 29 Exploration 28 unknown Earth
Place by place
Visit Carthage in a video (Note pour Shaka: La vidéo ne marche pas: On ne pas pas y accéder! )
A) The arena
Arena is a room situated in the center of just Carthage above the Room of the Heart. It is the only room in the 5th Territory to change never an appearance.
The circular room is surrounded with characteristic blue walls of the 5th Territory, its floor is of a blue darker and decorated with an enormous eye of XANA. It is in this room that the Carrier always comes to put down our heroes, by sinking into the entrails of Carthage. When the Carrier put down the heroes, these have to wait a little, the time when a passage opens in the wall... Narrow, wide, in staircase, in losangée window but always present! He gives onto the rest of the Core.
B) The labyrinths of the Core
As soon as the heroes leave Arena to enter this wide complex, a countdown starts. If he(it) is not cancelled, all the inside of the 5th Territory is going to enter boiling: the configuration quickly evolves and every cm ² of Carthage enters movement. From then on, to be in Carthage becomes very dangerous: it is necessary to get back to Arena as soon as possible or to stay prisoner of the Territory (as Aelita in the episode 29 "Exploration"), even worse: end in porridge between two walls (just like Yumi in the episode 48 "Spirit-rapper"). To cancel this infernal chronometer, it is necessary to find the Key.
The activation of the key engages all the same modifications of the configuration in Carthage but them are minor. These changes have only once a devastating effect: in the episode 65 " Last Round ", they will separate William d' Aelita, exposing(explaining) the recruit Lyoko-guerrière to the danger of the Jellyfish. William is caught by the monster with the disastrous consequences which we know.
However, who's to blame? The key or the inexperienced Lyoko-guerrier which does not obey his(her) mentor?
He(It) does not have that some rooms in Carthage but a network gives a complex of rooms(parts,plays), small rooms and corridors(lanes) or other corridors. It is especially true in the hemisphere the North of Carthage. All these messes of space trains(forms) an enormous labyrinth which changes every visit of the heroes. It is very difficult to find itself there and if Jérémie does not guide the heroes, they get lost there easily!
In this zone, the permanent danger are the Crawling, which climb quite typical of surface and can appear from anywhere!
When the heroes roam in the Pit(Core), it is mainly in an objective: find the Room of the Key, with the aim of activating this famous key! It is in the shape of eye of XANA, the pupil(ward) being the trigger!
Regrettably, the key is hidden well, kept well, and placed well!
Sometimes, the heroes find themselves in the room of the Key immediately by going out of Arena, but other times, they have to cross this previously described multitude of way!
As soon as they enter the aforementioned room, rumours resound: shouts very familiar: the Crawling arrive ready to dévirtualiser the heroes or at least to slow down them until the completion of the countdown.
It happens by moment when the key is in a room where quite full of mortal traps are hidden:
*29 - Exploration: the key is placed in height
*29 - Exploration: the key is at the end of a corridor traveled by laser rays
*34 - Missing link: blocks fall of the ceiling and give up whoever try to reach the key which is in the rear.
*44 - Dizziness: the key is near the ceiling which is extremely high, there are also Crawling.
*48 - Spirit-rapper: at the end of a room where the ground is transformed into huge "puzzle" where rooms(parts,plays) rise and come down(fall), threatening to bring down the heroines(heroin) in the space if they miss their blow by jumping.
*49 - Franz Hopper: the key is in height, rather easy to reach but protected by Crawling
*52 - Recollection: she is at the end of a beam in height and still protected by a Crawling.
*53 - Right in the heart: at the bottom of a room where rising and downward blocks hold place of ground.
*57 - Aelita: she is in height with a block close by to reach there but she(it) is protected by Crawling
*60 - Tarantula in the ceiling: nothing protects her, she is at the end of a room empty of any traps
*62 - Disembodiment: the key is at the other end of the room but blocks rise and come down, erasing the foolhardy person who would venture there.
*65 - Last round: the key is in height, protected by Crawling and blocks go out abruptly of the ground, forbidding the access to the key except in case of bend and of jumps.
Very often, the heroes are confronted with a room in perpetual movement, what asks them of the address and the speed to reach the key!
The activation of the Key is essential to continue to evolve in the Core. When Jérémie recreates Lyoko, he appropriates the 5th Territory and will delete the key and his countdown... Why to do things the hard way?
The activation of the Key was essential to continue to evolve in the Core. Nevertheless, there is sometimes where the heroes discover other surprises in the depths of Carthage. It arises in particular when they do not go immediately of the Core in the elevator leading to the Night sky(Vault of heaven). In the episode 52 "Recollection", a vast well builds up itself at the time of the activation of the key and it leads to the delusion of the missing link of Aelita! Another time, in the episode 49 "Franz Hopper", the heroes, by running away through the corridors of Carthage fall on a big surprise: a tower in the middle of the 5th Territory!
This tower is the only one who was discovered before the Destruction of Carthage! The Superscan can detect her only since Jérémie and Aelita recreated the 5th Territory and she floats in the space. That is why this tower is unique and very mysterious!
Set apart the episode of the tower (which will never be revised) or that of the missing link, the Core is only a stopping-off place. He leads to the Night sky(Vault of heaven) or, on the Second Lyoko, in the Garage Skid.
C) The elevator
When the key is activated, a passage opens in a wall and the heroes can rush there. However, they do not arrive directly at the night sky(vault of heaven) because the core of Carthage is surrounded by an envelope. Everything around this envelope, circulates at high speed the Elevator of the 5th Territory! It is necessary to jump to land above because he does not stop to take passengers!
When the heroes are above, they do not have more than to wait to be driven in front of an opening which, this time, gives well onto the outside of Carthage!
D) The night sky(vault of heaven)
Anytime soon taken out of the elevator, a passage opens in the wall and it gives onto the vast night sky(vault of heaven). To tell the truth, this place is little feasible without vehicle because there is only a small end of way above the digital space. However, at the end of this way, is something not insignificant: the interface of the 5th Territory!
When Aelita connects in this one, she has access to a crowd of being beyond belief data, on XANA, on Lyoko, on Territories, on Franz Hopper! The heroes often found the solution to numerous riddles there. In the episode 57 "Aelita", the girl discovers that his father is still alive.
In the episode 55 "Tidal wave", it is of what to debug the digital sea which she discovers. But during them numerous expedition, the heroes especially discovered multiple information on XANA, who helped Jérémie in his searches. The interface of Carthage is in the center of the highlight of the series: the deathblow which will be carried to the enemy of the heroes when Aelita will engage the program multi-agents which will remove XANA of the virtuality.
But before arriving so final of the series there, XANA had time to take advantage of searches for the heroes on the interface: during the episode 30 " A big day ", he places data trapped in the interface, which ones allowed him to take control of return in the time(weather)!
So, browse the interface of Carthage do not present that advantages: on one hand, when Aelita treats, Jérémie has no more access to the commands. On the other hand, as soon as we touch hisinterface, XANA makes its Mantas hatch through the digital vault which surrounds Carthage! From then on, it is necessary to bestride vehicles and it left for an air battle of size! Attention on the fall in the digital sea.
When the search for information is finished, Jérémie can temporarily open one of the four tunnels around Carthage, by removing the flow of data which circulates there. Lyoko-guerriers does not have then more than to rush into the hole and to stand out(to go out again) by the Tower of Passage of one of the Territories of Surface or simply in the digital sky, above one of the Territories. It is by the same tunnels that the heroes leave the Central Territory aboard Skid to go out of Lyoko via the sieve.
Nevertheless, the digital sea is the point of access to the last important room of Carthage, the heroes of which were not conscious of the existence. They indeed discover her(it) only in the episode 53 " right in the heart "! His(her,its) entry point is in the South Pole of the Carthaginian globe! I want to speak of course of...
E) The Lyoko Heart's room
Only the entrance announces the color! Enormous lids open and close presently such an infernal jaw. And to finish between its fangs is synonymic of dévirtualisation, although our heroes still never experimented him! It thus is necessary to fly to penetrate into this space to the South of the digital sky of the 5th Territory!
Once this mortal trap was crossed, we thus find ourselves in the southern hemisphere of Carthage, everywhere where the labyrinths do not extend. Having took a little of height, the visitors meet in front of a key, as the one who cancels the countdown. With this difference that this one makes a staircase materialize itself which leads(drives) towards this famous room where is situated the Heart of Lyoko, floating at high altitude.
This Heart materializes by a miniature representation of the current state of Lyoko! At the beginning, he represented the whole digital world but he decreased in volume according to the destruction of the Territories of Surface! In the end, he was represent that by the yellow Sphere surrounded with four eyes of XANA, symbolizing the 5th Territory. The heart of Lyoko generates Lyoko. It is on him that converge the flows of data from the other Territories. It is the energy of Carthage that maintains the Forest, the Mountain, the Ice floe and the Desert in state. The heart is indeed a considerable source of energy (is not the program multi-agents created by Jérémie born there?). From then on, his destruction pulls the apocalypse in the virtual world: his disappearance!
Very fortunately, the Heart is intertwined by two cubes which are barriers of protection; each being able to take a significant number of impacts! Furthermore, his barriers are auto-regenerating: they repair only between two attacks. Attacks? Hey yes, the attacks of monsters of course, because XANA understood that to get rid easily of Lyoko, he had only to destroy the Heart. Nevertheless, it is neither Manta, nor the Crawling which will strike the fatal blow at the Heart but William, recently xanatifié (episode 65 " Last Round ")!
If the Heart, him, never changes a place, he is not the same of his room there. Generally, block them are often placed so that they train a spiral staircase to rise in the bottom of the room to the top. The multiple exgrowths which go out of the wall favor just as much the ascent towards the summit than the arrangement(measure) of numerous Crawling in the room. More rarely, the absence of walking(steps) returns the road up to the impossible Heart and is then needed a vehicle (episode 62 "Disembodiment") or Manta (Episode 55 "Tidal wave").
To know more about the attacks of the heart of Lyokô, meetin in the column XANA.
F) The Skid's garage
It is ncessary to know that this room is not before the reconstruction of Lyoko. Jérémie having monopolized a control closes on the 5th Territory of the Second Lyoko, it obtains the possibility of modifying this one. It is however Aelita who creates this room while his lover works on Skidbladnir. The Garage Skid is thus born during the episode 70 "Skidbladnir".
From the point of view of the location, the Garage Skid is situated in the North of Carthage. Since the labyrinths of the Core, we reach it by an elevator similar to that leading to the night sky(vault of heaven) (with fewer doors to be crossed). Although built by Aelita, the latter is not the privilege of Lyoko-guerriers because Crawling 3 borrow him in the episode 70.
The role of the Garage Skid is summarized in its name: it is there that is stored Skidbladnir, vessel of exploration of the digital Sea, when the heroes do not use him. He is kept in gravitation by 4 pillars.
The room is circular, a covered way travels the towers of these pillars. This space contains also 5 contacts of loading. Four youngs arranged around bigger one for a cruciform set. These contacts serve to teleport in Skidbladnir. The biggest is reserved for Aelita and leads to the control room of Skid, 4 others lead to Navskids. We raise the fact that in the end, only four will have served. We have unfortunately never had the opportunity to see William to embark via the 4th contact on the 4th Navskid.
Finally, in the perfect North Pole of the Carthaginian globe, there is an opening which made penetrate into the light into the Garage Skid and especially allows the submarine to go out of it, resulting in the Night sky(Vault of heaven) described previously.
The Garage Skid will have, finally, only a secondary role. He confirms the general optics of the 5th Territory in the 4th season: a stopping-off place in the direction of the Network or Territories of Surface.
A battle baptizes the room hardly it had made its appearance. William, supported by Mantas and by Crawling, tries, indeed, to invest him to destroy the vehicle which she contains in the episode 70. In the episode 76 " The Lake ", it is the Jellyfish which gets into the same purpose there. However, it is the program which ejects him.
I end with a small anecdote. For those who know the pilot of origin of the series, Garage Kids, you will notice that "Garage Skid", as names him the heroes, is an acronym of "Garage Kids".
Réplika of Carthage
Note: this subsection compares briefly Carthage of Lyoko with Réplika of the 5th Territory discovered in the episode 87 " blue Planet ".
Outside, Réplika of Carthage appears as much less complex than that of Lyoko. Being connected with no Territory of Surface, he does not have to manage them and to maintain them in shape. Receiving no datum of the latter, he can be run on a cooperative basis and is thus more folded up on him even.
Inside, he is less complete than that of Lyoko. The only rooms Whose knowledge we have are the Night sky(Vault of heaven) (without flow of data, nor interface) and the Core and its labyrinths (the tower being included). That is naturally no garage Skid, being the latter under copyright of Aelita and Jérémie. For other rooms, the question settles more.
If the existence of Aréna seems insignificant (no Territory of Surface in Réplika, thus no Carrier and any utility for this room), he would seem rather logical than this Réplika possesses a similar heart at the heart of Lyoko. The heroes do not however explore this track. Although she had allowed to destroy Réplika, she would have left the unhurt Supercomputer in the service of XANA. Nos Lyoko-guerriers thus opts for the traditional technique of the STA (Stowage - Translation - Annihilation).
The peculiarity of this Territory, by report, to his counterpart of Lyoko, it is because he possesses an opening connecting the Night sky(Vault of heaven) inside the Core, which allows the stowage of Skid the Tower.
As regards this inside of the Core.
The Tower did not deliver many secrets seen that it was of use only to the stowage of Skid. She remains mysterious, as her twin on Lyoko.
In the labyrinths of the Core, we find monsters and also key. Nevertheless, the latter does not stop the countdown because there is not. She allows to cancel phenomena engaged on Réplika (as a ring of contortion around Skid for example).
In the end, Réplika of Carthage brewed less air than the long exploration which made the heroes of the 5th Territory during its discovery on Lyoko.