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The Æternals is a regenerative, NFT-based financial instrument that connects its underlying value to a collector’s proof-of-impact toward rainforest protection.

Each NFT features a totally unique combination of sub assets, mimicking the rainforest’s biodiversity. These sub assets begin as seedlings and unbloomed flowers, which is why each NFT contains the code for 3 different states of lushness. As collectors engage with the cause and the community through a custom game, community events, direct donations, and more - the plot blossoms and grows. Each new layer comes with added benefits. Stop contributing and a collector’s plot will slowly regress back toward its original state. These changes are automatically reflected in your Gemini or MetaMask wallet.


AS SEEN IN

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METAMORPHIC

01 - Water Lilly
02- Ant Hill
03 - Cocoa
04 - Heliconia
05 - mushroom

designed for engagement

Each NFT will be synchronized to a 24-hour loop with the rainforest to reflect its time zone, weather and sounds. They are also gamified in several ways, such as through our custom game Ecoverse, through ongoing raffles for ultra-rare NFTs embedded with once-in-a-lifetime perks such as the opportunity to name a recently discovered Amazonian frog species, as an impact tracker of a collector’s personal footprint toward rainforest protection, and as a metric of community engagement toward the cause. As a collector works their way through our gamified layers, the asset reflects their progress by evolving in-wallet. We call our approach Play2Protect.

the impact

55% of all profits fund the work of Rainforest Partnership, a renowned non-profit organisation working directly with nine local and indigenous communities to protect the world’s biodiversity hotspots. Additionally, 1% of ongoing secondary sale profits is automatically directed toward off-setting the project’s carbon emissions, which have already been lowered below industry standards through no experimentation with the project’s energy sourcing and computing efficiency in partnership with Tresorio.

The Æternals is committed to impact transparency and ESG compliance, which is why we have developed a custom impact measurement framework that builds even further on various existing and established frameworks such as the UN SDGs, IRIS+, HIPSO, JII, GRI, etc. to provide rigour.

Our impact journey, good or bad, will be captured in Impact Reports published on a biannual basis, as well as updates via social media. By being as transparent and accountable as we can, we hope to continuously improve as a project, and maintain a track record to spread and drive positive social and environmental change through a dynamic financial market.

Our progress and process are also made available to the public through our weekly Twitter townhalls, as well as through documentation hosted in our Discord community.

The Æternals re-imagines the future of finance as less consumptive and less extractive, setting a new standard for ESG-compliant social innovation.


THE TEAM

Our (doxxed) team members make up different
communities from all parts of the world.

Impact Partnership

The Æternals has been a collaborative effort from its inception, which is why we are proud to announce the launch of our Impact Partnerships.
1000 Æternals are available for Impact Partners - organisations, communities, groups, companies, or people interested in a bulk purchase of at least 25 plots.

Impact Partners will receive public billing as our Partner, as well as bi-annual ESG-compliant reports of both the project's overall impact, as well as some data proportional to how many they own, which in turn can be used for their own impact reporting.

Our impact reports comply with the newly released and first-of-its-kind ESG reporting framework from EFRAG, which will be adopted as the standard across the EU. Impact Partners will also have the opportunity to work with our community team to develop content and events around the environment, NFTs for Good, and other topics that promote our relationship and the outcomes from our collaboration.

FAQ

What is an NFT?
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NFTs or Non Fungible Tokens are unique blockchain tokens that serve as a digital certificate of ownership for both virtual and real-world assets. “Fungible” means that they are unique and therefore can represent the ownership of something that is itself unique, for example a piece of art, a property, or a concert ticket. Fungible tokens are used to represent items that are homogenous, for example currency, in that every USD is equivalent to every other USD. There are many information resources online which can explain the technical nature of what an NFT is, how it functions and what they can be used for, and we encourage you to find additional research to help explain the concept, if needed.

For the purpose of this project, we have used an NFT as a digital proof of ownership of a digital asset.

Similar to a record or receipt of purchase of an item you may purchase from a retailer, an NFT proves when you bought an item, who from and who the current owner is all on a publicly available ledger known as a blockchain.

What are ‘The Æternals’?
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The Æternals are the first NFT to combine beautiful digital art, interactive gamification, and metamorphic change, driven by impact objectives and traced through blockchain infrastructure.

Each unique and stunning asset, when bought and/or sold:

  • contributes directly and transparently to the protection of the Rainforests of Central and South America
  • purchases Carbon Credits
  • provides access to an exclusive interactive game environment
  • grants access to a tiered community of likeminded collectors
  • provides exclusive access to a small batch of ultra-rare NFTs which include (for example) the rights to name newly discovered species on the Amazon, and physical access to tours by indigenous communities of the Amazon (with more to come in the future)
  • provides access to an exclusive interactive game environment

Primarily they are a limited number of beautiful 3D digital artworks that you can display proudly as both a collector and as a contributor to the protection of the rainforest.

How do I purchase ‘The Æternals’?
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We believe in making the collector experience as easy and as trustworthy as possible.

Because of that, we have chosen to partner with one of the most established NFT marketplaces - Nifty Gateway.

For new or first-time collectors this has two very substantial advantages:

  • Payment can be made very simply by either credit card or with crypto currency - the choice is yours.
  • There is no need to learn how to set up an NFT wallet to custody your new Æternals NFT. When you create an account on Nifty Gateway it automatically sets up a Gemini custody account for you - which is one of the most trusted third-party custody providers in the world.
  • provides access to an exclusive interactive game environment
  • grants access to a tiered community of likeminded collectors
  • provides exclusive access to a small batch of ultra-rare NFTs which include (for example) the rights to name newly discovered species on the Amazon, and physical access to tours by indigenous communities of the Amazon (with more to come in the future)
  • provides access to an exclusive interactive game environment

For more experienced collectors this also means that there will be no gas war for minting, as the assets will be pre-minted and randomized for the sale - ensuring a fair launch, predictable fees, and equal probability of ownership for all participating.

All you need to do is set up a Nifty Gateway account in advance and have your account funded or credit card ready for the sale.

How will ‘The Æternals’  contribute to the Amazon Rainforest and help to address climate change?
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This project has been created in collaboration with Rainforest Partnership - Since 2007, Rainforest Partnership has partnered with the indigenous and forest communities in the Amazon to conserve pristine and threatened rainforest, launched World Rainforest Day, and created Gen-Z for the Trees, a youth-led rainforest protection initiative, among many other accomplishments. Through our partnership with Rainforest Partnership, we will be able to report our on-the-ground impact efficacy twice a year, with regular updates and opportunities in between reports. 55% of all of the proceeds of the sale of The Æternals will go directly to Rainforest Partnership.

Building a sustainable NFT project meant we also had to assess our own environmental footprint. We partnered with Tresorio in order to lower the carbon emissions rendering a typical 10k 3D NFT project creates, which is an estimated 71 - 72 tons of carbon. By moving our operations to a country with a more sustainable energy mix and recycling the heat emitted from our rendering, we are able to reduce that number to 6.8 tons. Additionally, we are using heat to provide hot water to social housing units across France.

However, our team is deeply committed to maximising our footprint, which is why, we have also encoded that 1% of all our secondary market sales will be automatically used to purchase carbon credits via KilmaDAO. Together, we will directly counteract and exceed our own carbon impact, making our project carbon negative, uncapped and in perpetuity.

How do I interact with my Æternal?
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Our team has built an exciting, simple, and very fun game environment for you to enjoy.

The best part about this game is that the more you play, the more your asset grows and changes.

At the start of the project your Æternals have three stages of development, BUDDING, BLOOMING, and ENLIGHTENED. All of the NFTs begin in budding state in the original sale.

In order to grow to the BLOOMING state, you need to log in to the game and engage with your object.

You must evolve your object from state 1 to 2 in order to reach it’s ENLIGHTENED state.

But there is a twist— a very intentional one. Our project is primarily about curating, engaging and rewarding a community of collectors who understand that combatting climate change and protecting the world’s rainforests is an ongoing mission.

Which is why if a collector doesn’t keep up with interacting with their Æternal, they start to devolve from 3 to 2 to 1. There are benefits within our community for having the asset in the Enlightened stage.

In keeping with our philosophy of making the collector experience as easy and simple as possible, logging into the game is easy. There is no download necessary and it is a completely web-based game environment that you can run from your desktop or your phone. We recommend the desktop for best performance.

How do I play the Interactive Game?
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Upon launch you will find easy instruction on how to log in and play the game from the homepage of our website. The game is only open to Guardians who have purchased an Æternal, so we recommend you grab one to enjoy the peaceful and engaging experience we have created for you.

Can I play the game if I don’t own an Æternal?
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No, you currently cannot. However, we have been toying with ideas in order to create collaborative efforts that will potentially allow users who don’t own an Æternal to participate in gameplay.

Why did we choose the Ethereum Blockchain?
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Our project is an experiment - we are innovating new technical features that require proven tech stacks and standard flexibility. This is one of the reasons we opted for an ERC standard and ecosystem.

It is also incredibly important for us to make The Æternals as accessible as possible, which is why we chose an ecosystem with name recognition, even for those who are new to the blockchain space. Ethereum’s proven track record also means that platforms built atop it are generally more user friendly and compatible with fiat ecosystems than other blockchains. For example, our partner Nifty Gateway prices in fiat, and accepts both crypto and fiat as payment. Additionally, for users unfamiliar with creating and connecting a wallet to an NFT marketplace, users receive a Gemini wallet by default, making the onboarding process a lot smoother.

While there is data to suggest that newer blockchains are more energy efficient, third party data demonstrates that Bitcoin and Ethereum users and PoW and PoS consensus mechanisms run over 50% off of renewable energy sources. This differs from other blockchains who self report. It is currently impossible for any blockchain to be completely carbon neutral, which is why it was important to us to stand for transparent impact and truth in reporting on our project’s entire footprint and we do not support this narrative being spread for any protocol.

We have also included carbon credit purchases in the secondary sales of our assets to contribute to our project’s goal of maximised environmental efficiency. Ethereum currently hosts active carbon marketplaces, with solid partnerships that will allow us to select our offsets on a per project basis.

Overall, Ethereum is an integral community and protocol for our entire industry. Because of this, we feel Ethereum is the best choice in balancing our needs for environmental, inclusion, and technology elements necessary for the success of our project. We humbly hope our project will demonstrate to the entire blockchain community that we can all be responsible and efficient regardless of the underlying chain.

When can I purchase an Æternal?
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The Æternals will be publicly available for purchase on Nifty Gateway in the coming weeks. We are currently open to strategic impact partnerships for bulk commitments that help us spread the NFTs across new communities. For information on bulk impact partnerships, please contact hello@emergetechlab.com.

Coming Soon
NFT Launch

We've partnered with Nifty Gateway to bring The Æternals to your wallets. Payment in crypto currency and fiat via credit card will both be supported. There is no need to learn how to set up an NFT wallet. Creating your account on Nifty Gateway will automatically set up a Gemini custody account for you. We aim to make this as accessible a process as possible. We are happy to announce there will be NO GAS FEES for minting, as assets will be pre-minted and randomized for sale.
Month 2
The Æternals' Game Environment Goes Live

Complete your daily tasks to evolve your digital rainforest. Explore your forest and make sure you nurture it regularly, or you will gradually lose your metamorphosis progress. The higher the state you’re in, the bigger and better rewards you’ll get back!
Month 3
Experience data influencing your NFT in game environment real-time

We've developed a strategy that connects your NFTs to smart (IoT) devices, satellite imagery, and other environmental data feeds so that real-world activity in the rainforest also automatically impact your NFTs within the game environment. Maybe you will get the chance to join us on the trip to place the sensors in the Amazon(*wink wink)!
Month 4
Watch Rainforest Partnership's Achievements Contribute to your NFT's Metamorphosis

We believe that a community thrives together - which is why when Rainforest Partnership meets its impact objectives, which you'll be informed of transparently through our community events and talks, you'll see everyone's NFTs impacted in turn.

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