The Library (In all of its poorly-drawn glory)
All right, here we go. This is for those of you who want an insane amount of detail into how this whole thing works. To repeat myself from earlier:
For those of you who crave true, abyssal, cosmic knowledge, The Library is so much more. It is the place wherein the mysterious Necanecum make their home, and live out strange, fascinating, terrifying lives. It’s where the Librarians, the mighty Almet, live and shape the very existence of everything beneath them. It is where time exists in great rivers, and courses through different universes, changing and shifting with each passage. The Archivist, known as Uiarbhohiem, records all of these happenings, up to and including the end of time. Great cosmic beings known as the Uborum reside here, shaking the very Pillars of creation with their passing. It is a place of gods and fundamental forces, creation and destruction. It’s where everything happens.
To take things a step further, The Library is a tiny part of a much bigger macroversial structure, an ancient construct known as The Engine, built by the enigmatic Hiem in an age long lost, a desperate effort to escape the all-devouring Outside, known to the Necanecum as Amat’Nuhr. But we’ll get to all that, eventually. Let’s go back to the Library itself now, and talk a bit about how it all works.
Going back to that diagram, those seven circles with the crosses on them are representative of those Pillars I mentioned. Think of a pillar like a sort of shelf, upon which these glass-like “Panes” sit. Pillars are the interval points in the flow of time and souls, which is shown through the various arrow-lines in the diagram above. Each Pillar has seven levels, and each of these levels houses 49 panes. This breaks down to 343 Panes per Pillar, and 2401 Panes in this Library. Keep in mind that each of these Panes is not only an entire universe, but nearly infinite reflections of a single universe within a closed boundary. Think of each as a contained infinity.
A helpful analogy here is like that of a book, or perhaps a CD. There is a single page or layer in the very center, and this is the “baseline” universe. The pages or layers to the immediate right and left of this baseline are the next most likely iterations of this pane, and the ones to the left and right of those are the next most likely, and so on. This continues until the reflection (the pages/layers) is so unlikely to result from the base layer, that it is weak and insubstantial, eventually edging out to nothingness. Weak reflections will be desolate, sometimes with only a few aberrant souls, or none at all, or entities that cannot exist within a conventional pane/multiverse, but are allowed to enter the weaker threshold inherent within the weaker reflection. These weaker reflections also lack much of the infrastructure found in stronger ones, resulting in weaker reality bases.
It is at this point that there is a barrier, separating one pane from the next. Another analogy helpful to panes is to actually think of it like as pane of glass: much like how light will bend and refract when shown through a prism, so too does time bend and change when flowing from one pane to another. It is in this way that time changes from pane to pane; what is mere seconds in one might pass for eons in the next. The pillars themselves are the primary structural unit of The Library, and though they have varying levels, the cycle is the same wherever you are, and the levels don’t have any bearing on importance or anything like that. The pillar in which a soul begins is relative to its particular cycle of rebirth. For example, a soul who first enters Pillar #6 for its first lifetime, before having entered any other pillars for any other lifetimes on its journey of soul progression, will have Pillar #6 as it’s prime, or Pillar #1, as relative to that soul’s cycle of rebirth, or Soul Progression (I know it sounds very hippy-dippy, but you’ve been very patient so far, so I hope you’ll allow me that one).
All of this is managed by four beings: The two Librarians, The Archivist, and The Watcher. The Archivist, whose appointed task is to record all things, spanning from the dawn of time up to and including it’s ending, is pretty ambient, and doesn’t do much besides record things. The Librarians: The Dark Librarian: Representing the negative aspect of the macroverse, the Dark Librarian is tasked with destroying those panes that have reached a certain quota of energy (unique to each pane), leaving space for the Light Librarian to create new panes. (Note: A pane that has been destroyed will be recreated exactly as it was. This process is more similar to refreshing, rather than removing.) The Light Librarian: Representing the positive aspect of the macroverse, it is the Light Librarian’s appointed duty to create new panes where the Dark Librarian has removed them. Both of the Librarians must constantly be on exact opposite sides of the Library at all times, equidistant from one another, so as to maintain a balance of positive/negative energy, and to avoid a tipping of the scales towards either. In this fashion, the Librarians rotate clockwise around the Library (as viewed from above, if such were possible).
Once a full circuit has transpired (meaning the Librarians have traveled a full 360 degrees and all panes have been destroyed and replaced), this marks the passing of one “age.” As a product of the necessity of balance requiring the Librarians to occupy opposing sections of the Library, which is itself a seven-sided structure, a Librarian can only enter a pillar when the other Librarian is traveling between pillars. For example, the Dark Librarian can only inhabit Pillar #1 when the Light Librarian is between Pillars #4 and #5, and thus exactly opposite of Pillar #1 in the heptagonal shape of the Library. This sub-cycle of Pillar occupation/release creates a necessary balance, yet also allows a slight “wobble” to the overall positive/negative energy resonance of the Library as a whole. When the Dark Librarian is in Pillar occupation, the Light Librarian is, by necessity, in Pillar release, and the Library proper takes on a more negative energy resonance. Conversely there is a positive energy resonance when the Light Librarian is in Pillar occupation and the Dark Librarian is in Pillar release. Think of this as being akin to lunar cycles.
Within each pane, or reflection of a pane, is a multiverse comprised of three realms: physical, mental, and spiritual. Most sentients (intelligent and soul-bearing species) are aware of the physical and, to a lesser extent, the mental ( if one were to assume their pane had a similar realm trend to our own; mostly physical, a slight bit of mental, and a miniscule amount of spiritual). The tangible “physical” world that surrounds us comprises of the first, and most basic of these realms. This is what we can observe with our (specific species’) physical senses. Occupying a wholly separate space is the being’s mental self, where thoughts and ideas have direct consequences. The third realm is the spiritual, where the resultant energy from your actions in the other two realms is accumulated, and will dictate your status/position in the next pane/reflection, and your initial positive/negative ratio in the next life. Each pane has a unique ratio in which the three realms have dominance. For example, our own is entirely predominated by the physical, so it is (mostly) only our physical actions that have direct effect on the physical world around us. Whereas in a pane/reflection with an almost equal distribution of mental and physical, thoughts could have an equal effect on the physical world. This type of situation will often manifest as sentients cultivating “magic,” which is really a combination of the physical/mental/spiritual realm energy ratio of that pane/reflection and subject to limits determined by said ratio. Depending upon the set of conditions within a given pane, this will be a learnable ability inherent through all beings, usable only by some, or available only through objects. So, following this, “magic” can be defined as: The influence of one or more realms upon another in such a way as would conventionally be impossible.
As a soul journeys throughout the Library, living various lives within the panes, it accumulates either positive or negative energy, based upon its actions within those lives. Actions in a pane will generate different amounts of energy, depending upon the ratio of dominance between the three realms. For instance, in a predominantly physical realm (like our own), physical actions will yield a much higher amount of energy than a positive or negative thought/spiritual action. Once a certain energy quota has been met, a soul will (after it has passed on in whatever pane it currently living in), move on to a nearby pane, living two or three lifetimes, then move on to another Pillar, finding panes in or near the same co-habitability set as the panes they had just previously occupied.
Co-habitability sets are groups of panes, seven in each, with one pane for each Pillar. Panes within these sets vibrate at similar frequencies, and will generally have somewhat similar circumstances, or condition sets, within. However, panes within co-sets vibrate at a dissimilar enough frequency so as to prevent cross-panal bridging–where two or more panes meld into one, something that can severely disrupt the Library’s functions.
Now, the course of a soul as it progresses through the Library is shown in the diagram, but it would also be useful to have a written explanation. This gets a little messy. First, a soul begins in the nexus, which is in the center of the Library; a nucleus of pure energy, without a positive or negative trend. Then, a soul will go into one of the seven pillars, and regardless of which one of the pillars it enters into, it will be “pillar #1” in relation to that soul in particular. The first of three tiers in the journey of a soul is simply a circuit; going into panes, living various lifetimes and producing energy based upon its actions, and then moving onto the next pillar. After all seven have been visited, the soul then re-enters the nexus, and all of the energy that it has accumulated is redistributed back out into the Librarians, thus ensuring a constant recyclation of energy. The next tier is similar; the soul goes around in a circuit, but this time, before it enters the next pane, is goes into the nexus to deposit whatever energy it may have gathered in it’s last pane. The third and final tier follows the fibonacci sequence (1+1=2, 1+2=3, 2+3=5, ect.), where the sum of the two previous numbers is the next step in the sequence. So, in this fashion, the soul’s progress by pillar number could be modeled thusly: #1 (It would go through this pillar twice, as the first two steps in the sequence are 1), #2, #3, #5, and then the nexus, which would be “#8” in the sequence. Nice job! That’s the basics of all of this. Well, of a single, tiny unit of all of this. For more specific information, or questions, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org