I hereby announce the opening of a brand new service.
Did you get lost in the inhospitable realms of hell while trying to link up your portal? Are you tired of grinding through ugly netherrack? Afraid of falling while building thin bridges obove lava seas? Annoyed by Zombie Pigmen? Disencouraged by Ghasts blowing up your Nether lanes?
It doesn't have to stay this way!
From now on it will be possible to connect even the most remote locations on the server in a quick, easy and save way.
How is it possible? By traveling ON TOP of the Nether!
No getting lost - the Nethertop is clear and navigating by coordinates alone is easy.
No Ghast bombs - the bedrock obscures the view of any Ghast, thereby hindering them from targeting you, and even IF a Ghast ball heads towards you, it cannot penetrate the bedrock.
No Zombie Pigman, or any other monsters for that matter - Mobs can't spawn on bedrock.
No digging through mountains of netherrack, no crossing lava oceans, no jumping through rough terrain, no stumbling into fire - just flat, empty, stable space...
I hear you asking how you could possibly get onto the Nether, but don't be bothered! Our inmat-err staff has years of experience of ... work in our ... facility. They are professionals in drilling through bedrock and make for good grinding material, well, at least their bones ...
But I digress. The point is: You only need to tell me your portal's coordinates in the nether and I connect it to the top side. Or if you have no portal in the nether yet, just tell me the coordinates of the location you want to have connected to the rest of the map and I set up the portal in the nether for you. It's the better option, even. Because then the portal can be set up directly under the bedrock, thereby shortening the sub-bedrock distance.
Anyway, if you would like to use this service, post a comment!
(Unfortunately I haven't managed yet to force our inmates-err I meant ... to teach our staff how to craft minecart rails, so you have to provide them yourself or wander the nethertop temporally by foot.)
This new technologie renders further beneficial projects possible, too, including highly efficient Zombie Pigmen farms.
The Nethertop can not only be used to link together places that allready exist, but it can also be used to conquer and even discover new locations, which will be especially handy when people set sail for new landscapes after 1.8 gets released.
ATTENTION: To keep the Nethertop mob-free, all blocks you place there have to be spawn-proof, or covered by spawn-proof blocks (e.g. slabs, stairs, fences). Or atleast obstruct the direct surroundings of any non-spawn-proof block, so atleast ghasts don't spawn.