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After the major robbery he committed in Bursa Grand Bazaar, 24-year-old tour guide Gökhan Yıldırım, who was hiding in Uludağ, had to escape from the hotel where he stayed due to both attracting the attention of the gendarmerie and being pursued by a mysterious deer. As our hero tries to leave the mountain on the longest night of the year, his escape plan is foiled when he faces the following deer. In an attempt to protect himself, Gökhan tries to scare the deer away with his gun, but accidentally shoots the deer when Eyüp, a strange-looking and aggressive man following them, appears.
Gökhan, who loses consciousness after being attacked by Eyüp, a man who has lived alone in the mountains with his dogs and has not ventured among people for years, realizes that he is a captive of a dog named Asa when he opens his eyes again. Learning from Eyüp that according to the “Ulular” legend, he has extinguished the lineage of a deer unique to Uludağ, Gökhan realizes that he must pay for his sin with his life and understands that he must also escape from Eyüp.
Using the Bursa knife, the only thing left from his theft, Gökhan manages to escape from captivity but fatally wounds Eyüp. Although he manages to survive for a while using his skills, a fugitive racehorse he encounters causes him to get lost in the dark side of the mountain.
In cold and sudden thick fog, Gökhan, searching for a way to escape, starts to be “disturbed” by voices that cannot be determined whether they come from the beyond or the mountain. Unbeknownst to anyone of his disappearance, our hero gets closer to the heart of danger and the brink of death with every step he takes.
Taking refuge in a stone structure he encounters during his struggle for survival, Gökhan has a dream in which he is entrusted with a baby deer. When he wakes up and meets the gaze of a baby deer that seems to guide him, Gökhan starts to follow the animal, believing that he can survive with its guidance. After a while, Gökhan reaches a deserted mountain village called Gökeren, unaware that humans are forbidden to enter.
Instead of saving his life, Gökhan puts himself in even more danger when he enters the village, trying to hide from the people, animals, and “things” that are chasing him. He loses the deer and descends into a hidden cave inside the village. Following the flowing water in the underground cave bed, Gökhan discovers a great secret: There are not four but five seasons on Earth!
Throughout history, whenever it appears, the Fifth Season, which causes massive destruction and balances life on the planet, has been repeatedly prevented by the “Ulular” and the “Season Guardians” at high costs in the region’s thousands of years of history. The most recent of these costs was paid in 1999 when the Spring season’s guardian, Eyüp’s wife, and Gökhan’s mother (!!), İpar, took her own life. Gökhan, who was abandoned at the “Geyikli Baba” shrine when he was forty days old, returned to the mountain years later as a thief, killed the last Ulu deer, and violated the greatest rule of the Fifth Season.
Finding his past in a treacherous village in Uludağ, which he has been searching for in the city for years, Gökhan is now responsible for his future and an entire mountain’s. Believing that by pursuing the baby deer, he believes be the last Ulu, and if he can save it, he can prevent the Fifth Season; our hero will awaken Uludağ and much more with what he will do in pursuit of this cause!
In all historical sources, Uludağ is depicted as a source of life, and it is said that the first visitor to this mountain was Prophet Solomon. This magnificent mountain, steeped in a timeless past, has served as a sanctuary for diverse beliefs. A testament to the influence of Christian ascetics who once called its slopes home, it came to be known as Keşiş Dağı, the Mountain of Monks. Legends speak of the wondrous feats accomplished by these monks, who humbly declared themselves as mere emissaries, attributing their miracles to the mountain’s ethereal power.
When the Ottoman Empire conquered the city of Bursa, the baton of guardianship passed from Christian monks to Muslim dervishes, who were entrusted with the mountain’s ancient secret!
This secret, carried under the name of the “Ulular,” claims that all lives on the mountain are a collective consciousness, a force not to be underestimated, and most importantly, the true owners of Uludağ! As long as their existence is not harmed, the Ulular are willing to share this life source with people. Their main task, however, is to protect humanity from an end known as the “Fifth Season.” Starting with the exhaustion of life sources on Earth and leading to a catastrophic shift in climates, the “Ulular” are tasked to warn humanity against this calamity and to protect the chosen ones. Therefore, they communicate with spiritually energized people visiting the mountain and bestow certain graces upon them.
The dervishes, entrusted with this sacred secret inherited from the monks, established a village named “Gökeren” upon the rumored cave where the Fifth Season slumbers. Here, they bore witness to the veil between humans and nature being lifted and witnessed the likes of Geyikli and Somuncu Baba ascend to the ranks of “Evliya,” the revered saints. Protected by their extraordinary attributes and the village’s secluded location, the bearers of this ancient secret, drawing ever closer to the present era, came to be known as the “Mevsim Elçisi,” the Envoys of the Seasons. They faithfully fulfilled their duty, passed down through generations until the middle of the 20th century.
In the year 1933, with the opening of the first hotel, the Ulular fell victim to the sudden invasion of a self-centered species. Despite their efforts to caution the envoys of the seasons against the perils of encroaching modern life, they were unable to withstand the hazards brought by the encircling modern world. As industry and mining rapidly advanced, for the first time in Uludağ’s history, it found itself under the dominion of humankind. The inhabitants, driven by the pursuit of material wealth rather than the mountain’s spiritual power, settled permanently upon its slopes. They erected hotels, ski resorts, and mines, turning the mountain upside down.
The Ulular, determined to halt this destructive behavior of humanity, eventually realized the futility of their efforts, and resigned themselves to their own destinies. The fate of humanity now rests upon the awakening of the Fifth Season, yearning for the resonating alarm that will break its ever-lightening slumber.
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With a height of 2543 meters, Uludağ, home to the highest peak of the Marmara Region, is also the most important source of life in this large region. Spread over 12,762 hectares, 71% of the borders of Uludağ National Park are forested. Of the more than 700 plant species living in this area, 33 are unique to Uludağ. The mountain is also home to endemic species such as the Bearded Vulture and the Apollo Butterfly. Uludağ, which is the only address of these two special lives, is also home to bears, wolves and red forest ants that provide great benefit to the mountain. With its unique topographical features, the mountain can host different climates simultaneously, which is why it has unstable weather conditions and sudden fogs. With its multi-peaked structure, Uludağ can challenge even the most experienced mountaineers and has been the cause of hundreds of casualties and deaths to date.
In the early 2000s, the mountain underwent a period of renewal that included a modern cable car line, two different hotel zones and new slopes. The mountain has become one of the most popular ski resorts in the country, welcoming millions of tourists every year. In danger of losing its 100-year-old National Park status, Uludağ is on the verge of being transformed into a four-season tourism center.
The mountain, whose name was changed to “Uludağ” after the proclamation of the Turkish Republic, gradually began to lose its spiritual value with the development of the modern city established on its foothills. The hotels established in the region caused the mountain to become Turkey’s first winter tourism center.
After the Ottoman Empire conquered Bursa, the last monks living on the mountain were replaced by dervishes such as Geyikli Baba and Somuncu Baba. The mountain, which was visited by many sultans and statesmen during the Ottoman rule and seen as a spiritual place, started to be called “Cebel-i Ruhban*” after Evliya Çelebi’s Seyahatnames.
In 300 A.D., monks and clergymen who went to the mountain due to the increasing pressure against Christians in the region went into seclusion in the monasteries they established at the foot of the mountain and turned it into a secret sanctuary. The monasteries inhabited by these clergymen, who witnessed miraculous events during their time on the mountain and believed that this mountain was the source of life in the region, became the starting point of many historical events and legends.
According to legends, Mysian Olympos is one of the spots that Solomon described as “Heaven on Earth”. In the records kept by Strabo and Herodotus for the first time in ancient times, the mountain was mentioned together with the city of “Mysia” built on its slopes, distinguishing it from other “Olympos” mountains in the region, and it was mentioned in ancient Byzantine literature as Prusa Ad Olymipum.
The antler of Arka, the last of the deer native to Uludağ, broken in a tragedy, is also a symbol that marks the end of the mountain.
This animal, Uludag’s gift to the planet, is about to become extinct.
Doruk, who has come to the mountain for a joint exercise with the gendarmerie, is a clever man who will begin to unravel the secrets of the mountain on a journey following a horse.
Twenty years ago, Ipar thought he was responsible for a tragedy in Uludağ, so he ended his life by jumping off the Bakacak cliffs with his newborn baby.
Gürgen’s daughter, Nevin is a curious and brave girl, just like her father when he was young.
Timur, the Regional Commander of the Gendarmerie, is a man who is very familiar with the mountain and its inhabitants, and who dislikes when unexplained events occur in his district.
SEASON 1: WINTER (10×45’)
SEASON 2: SPRING, SUMMER AND FALL (10×45’)
SEASON 3: THE FIFTH CLIMATE (8×45’)
While the winter season begins in Uludağ, a thief, a horse, and a great deal of mystery arrive on the mountain to reveal an ongoing mythical war between the four seasons and a fifth one.
After conducting robbery in Bursa Grand Bazaar, Gökhan escapes to Uludağ and is followed by a mysterious deer during his time on the mountain.
1×02 – WINTER SOLISTICE
On December 21, the longest night of the year, Gökhan is detained by a mysterious man, and the events he started get complicated when a stray horse comes to the mountain looking for its real owner.
1×03 – SNOW MEN
While AFAD officer Doruk thinks that the strange events in the mountain have something to do with him, Eyüp, who has kidnapped Gökhan, is forced to ask for help from the people he has been running away from for years to save his life.
1×04 – THE PATH
Lost in the mountain, Gökhan searches for a way out, while Doruk decides to go after Eyüp, whom everyone calls a crazy shepherd.
1×05 – GÖKEREN
While Doruk embarks on a journey with Eyüp to get answers to his questions, Gökhan takes refuge in a village that is hostile to him for no reason.
1×06 – TRAPPED
Gökhan, Eyüp and Doruk meet in Gökeren and realize that they are stranded in the village while trying to find the answers to three separate questions.
1×07 – ULUFEST
A group of young people attending a youth festival in Uludag begin to experience events they cannot explain.
1×08 – LITTLE SECRETS OF BURSA
After escaping Gökeren, Gökhan visits Uludağ University, and the historical secrets of the region are revealed one by one.
1×09 – THE OMINOUS
A few days before the millennium, a night known as the “Ominous Night” brings the end of many lives on the mountain, including Ipar.
1×10 – THE LOST HEROES
While the unexpected snowfall in Uludağ prolongs the season and brings smiles to the faces of tourism professionals, the prophecy of the Fifth Season leads to an unprecedented disaster in history and changes the fate of Bursa.
Following the previous winter’s catastrophic events, summer arrives at Uludağ without a calendar; meanwhile, “the lost heroes of Holympos” realize that the dreaded fifth season has on its way too.
2×01 – OLYMPOS PRUSA
With the arrival of summer, melting snow reveal a completely different face of Uludağ. A sinister force returns to Gökeren after many years and is determined to make everyone pay for what happened in the winter.
2×02 – A SHADOW PLAY
Eyüp notices the strangeness of a festival organized in the city. Gökhan realizes that he is not alone as he escapes from Gökeren on a journey into the belly of the mountain.
2×03 – LAAR
Something comes to the Mountain and it won’t go away!
2×04 – IMMORTAL BEINGS
A big truth about Eyüp is revealed when he meets the representative of the Fifth Season, while Gökhan is on the verge of losing his mind in pursuit of a hidden treasure.
2×05 – KOSMOS (PART I)
A monk named Kosmos, who lives on Mysian Olympos, soon realizes that the mysterious lights he sees by the lake at night are accompanied by a voice from beyond.
2×06 – MR. ANTLER (PART II)
Reunited after centuries, two familiar faces share an ancient secret at the the Mysian Olympos.
2×07 – ASA
As the Fifth Season arrives on the mountain, there is only one name that can turn the tide of the war between the lost heroes and the Sinister.
2×08 – APOLLO AND A BUM
(SECOND SEASON FINALE)
Finally awakened, the Lost Heroes seem to have the upper hand in the war against the Sinister, but one mistake by Gökhan will end everything.
Ten years after the last summer, the last hero of Holympos wakes up in a future where the climates are already extinct while salvation is nowhere to be found.
3×01 – TWOTHOUSANDTHIRTYTWO
In 2032, a family on a ski vacation in Antalya reports to the gendarmerie about a dangerous man following them.
3×02 – THE DREAM OF THE COCOON
Gökhan Gökeren, who mysteriously reappears after many years, visits Bursa which has been changed considerably.
3×03 – İNKAYA
A winter day at the foot of Bursa’s seven-hundred-year-old sycamore, Inkaya, will be the last time the Lost Heroes of Olympos will appear.
3×04 – THE SOURCE
A door buried in the ground discovered during the construction of the 3rd Hotels Zone in Uludag revitalizes the region, while the legends of the city are not what they used to be.
3×05 – PLATE NUMBER 16
A 16-plate vehicle, the only suspect in a murder in Palandöken, is both searching and wanted.
3×06 – BEAMS
A group of villagers living on the slopes of Mount Erciyes have been claiming for years that they have been in contact with beings they call Beams.
3×07 – ULUHAN… (PART I)
One journey ends, another begins…
3×08 – THE CAPTAIN (PART II)
A young woman lost on Mount Ararat is rescued by a mysterious ship.
Although “Holympos” combines a mysterious and suspenseful story that the “binge watcher” audience loves to follow, it is a cautionary tale about climate change and its effects on the planet. Telling its story through human beings and their legends, the real heroes of this tragedy are the owners of the earth; animals and nature.
“Holympos” is an original story that is built in such a way that the following content is inspired in various ways.
The mythology of Lost, the “reality” of Blair Witch and Paranormal Activity, the atmosphere of Twin Peaks, the scientific philosophies of Contact and 2001: A Space Odyssey would be great examples for the tone & style of “Holympos”