The Constant, unofficially referred to as Maxwell's World, is the main setting of Don't Starve and Don't Starve Together. Many of the main characters were trapped in this world through various means and are forced to survive its many perils. The Constant was first named in Don't Starve Together in the text description of certain Curios released during The Forge in 2017.
The Constant consists of all the playable areas of Don't Starve and Don't Starve Together, including the Surface World, the Caves, the Ruins, and the worlds of Shipwrecked and Hamlet. These areas are contained in separate dimensions within The Constant itself. In Don't Starve Together, the Florid Postern connects these dimensions, allowing survivors to travel between them.
The Constant is under the influence of "Them" and the current occupant of the Nightmare Throne. During Don't Starve the throne was ruled by Maxwell, but by the end of Adventure Mode he is freed and replaced by the player character. As of Don't Starve Together's expansion A New Reign, the throne was taken by Charlie.
Much of The Constant as encountered by the characters in Don't Starve and its DLCs was designed by Maxwell through an unknown method of experimentation. According to Maxwell, when he was first brought to The Constant there was not much there, and he built much onto it during his time on the Nightmare Throne. However, there are many things that existed in the world before Maxwell's reign such as Merms, the Ruins of the Ancient Civilization, and Depths Worms. It is implied that many of the features added in A New Reign are creations of Charlie.
Time does not flow normally in The Constant. This is expressed through Maxwell and Charlie who both wonder how much time has passed in the real world in certain quotes, and through observation by Wagstaff. Wagstaff also notes that the rates of plant growth, meat drying, and Beefalo hair regrowth are unnaturally fast.
- According to Rhymes with Play #162, The Constant is a separate dimension from the "hub" mentioned by Battlemaster Pugna.
- The Constant has not yet been directly named in-game, though Maxwell still refers to it as "his world" in some of his examination quotes in Don't Starve Together.
- Wilba and Wormwood from the Hamlet DLC may be the first survivors to originate from The Constant and not the real world like the others.
- Florid Postern Portrait Frames flavor text: "Wilson and Maxwell constructed the first prototype of the Florid Postern, connecting the survivors' dimensions and allowing them to band together."
- Maxwell's Adventure Mode speech: "There wasn't much here when I showed up."/"Just dust. And the Void. And Them."/"I've learned so much since then. I've built so much."
- Merm Vignette: "Merms inhabited the marshes of The Constant long before humans, and will probably exist long after."
- Maxwell quotes: DS Depths Worm (emerged)- "Well that's new!" / DST Depths Worm (emerged)- "I didn't make that one! Honest!"
- Maxwell's Adventure Mode speech: "What year is it out there? Time moves differently here."
- Charlie's comments in Winona's speech file: "You've changed so much./How much time has passed for you?"
- Wagstaff quotes: Dusk- "A conspicuously rapid sunset! Time must flow strangely here."
- Wagstaff quotes: Grass Tuft (picked)- "Luckily the growth rate here is extraordinarily rapid."/Drying Rack (finished)- "Food dries so rapidly here!"/Beefalo (naked)- "Fascinating! Its hair is already rapidly growing back."
- Maxwell quotes: Canary- "How do these things keep getting into my world?"/Antlion (upset)- "It's going to wreak havoc on my world."/Battlecry (Deer)- "You do not belong in MY world!"/Diseased Twiggy Tree- "What has brought this blight upon my world?"