Not all Lucid share the same understanding about what the dreamlands are, or what should be done with the power that they wield. As people are wont to do, Lucid often congregate into groups and factions that help them understand the dreamlands and their place within them. Of course, there are dozens, if not hundreds of groups and belief systems that exist on a small scale, but the five factions that seem to have gained the greatest following are discussed herein.
Within this philosophy, the Lucid understand dreamlands as various representations of religious experience. Thus, they express their dreamlands in idealized ways, representing abstract concepts, virtues, or even vices. Most resemble half-formed versions of an afterlife as described by many religions, such as Heaven or Nirvana. Others form their realms in line with animistic, shamanistic or even Satanist traditions. All Idealists have strong beliefs, and their realms mirror those beliefs.
Within this school of thought, many dreamers understand all realms to be true realities, representing an infinite number of different possibilities. They see Bending and Striding through the lens of manipulating quantum possibilities to arrive at alternate realities. Some even see the “waking world” as simply another one of these realities, and question whether or not the Lucid really all come from the same reality. Quantums, regardless of their scientific knowledge, share the sense that dreams are every bit as real as their waking lives, and every bit as important.
Realists rarely ever disclose their existence, and for good reason: they doubt the value (or even the shared reality) of the dreamlands, and seek to bring about the downfall of other Lucid through various means. In the end, all Realists see the dreamlands as a dangerous and chaotic place where their own power is matched too closely by everyone else’s. Thusly, they try to make their own realms as banal and realistic as possible, often reliving parts of their physical lives. Many looking in from the outside assume that Realists have gone insane through the process of becoming Lucid. Others suspect that Realists’ waking lives are so great that they don’t want any disruptions. Most wonder what drives the Realists to dream at all.
To the Egalitarians, the dreamlands represents the possibility of total equality. Egalitarians have seen the power that each individual wields in his or her own dreams, and wants desperately to use that power to level the playing field in all realms and in the real world. These Lucid hope that one day all people will be Lucid, and they seek to bring more regular dreamers into the fold. But more than that, they seek to establish a strong connection between realms so that no one can rule anywhere absolutely.
This frequently-occurring philosophy says that we would all be better off if we limited or stopped all interactions between dreamlands, and only met in the real world. Why would you want to pollute your paradise with outside influence? Many have questioned why they would even be venturing beyond their borders to help, but they too have been suffering.
These beliefs are not all mutually-exclusive. Some Lucid are sympathetic with multiple schools of thought. One might be both idealistic and seclusionist, for example. It is also true that many Lucid fail to see the value or validity in any of the major philosophical traditions, and thus they rarely engage in such debates or participate in factions. Still more Lucid have never even heard of these groups and their philosophies, and remain ignorant of the belief systems outside of what they know in the waking world.