The Void, Markers, and Portals
This page will go over information on the Void hydras and the Markers that connect Realms to them, as well as the portals that make travel between Realms possible.
There exists creatures of great and terrible power; the First Beings, called the Void Hydras, wander the absolute nothing that exists between them. Inside of them is a depth of nothingness that is filled with energy - each hydra's head clasps a Realm in its jaws, as each hydra's tail clasps its brother. There is an equal balance in each, and any Realm that loses its balance is destroyed by the chaotic energies of the First Being it's connected to.
The Void hydra that the Fivi'ian Realms are located in is called only the 'Void', and will be referred to as such in all of our lore.
Every Realm in our main role-play is connected to the Void, the great blackness that is all and none between time and space. Through this, the veil that surrounds each world may be breached and portals created, allowing the transit of individuals between separate dimensions. The Void is known to have been a sentient being having existed long before The One; a great hydra with several heads and tails, each one connected to a Realm and its brother. Though so ancient most of its physical form and sentience has faded, it still retains its hold on each Realm, connected forever by the Markers themselves.
Inside the Void is an area of absolute nothingness; a pitch-black world as ethereal as it is solid, features forever shifting and changing. Souls who've spent millions of years inside of its depths float like lost stars across a black sky until their eventual, final death where each blinks out of existence as if it never were. Others - living and dead alike - have been trapped in its bowels, unable to ever see the light of day again. Rarely, there are those born who may transverse the dark passageways of the Void, namely those Ethers and Gods who are strong enough to resist its terrible draw.
An individual can exist inside the Void for a time, especially if they're of exceptional power, but it will eventually degrade and disintegrate whoever and whatever is inside without proper protection, doubly if it is there without the hydra's prior consent. The hydra's energy/reiatsu will begin to eat away at the intruder’s body and soul, over however long it may take to do so. The actual degradation is said to start when one’s own energy falls so low that they cannot resist it anymore, and they'll become weaker and weaker until there's nothing left to survive.
The Fivi'ian Void also holds many other names among the peoples it houses: the Abyss, the Hydra of Vacuity; as well as other names from many legends, such as Yggdrasil, Overworld, and the Connection. Other cultures have various names in many languages, but to describe them all would take a millennia of all our times.
Outer Space and the Stars
Space is a strange and complex combination of unbound energy and chaotic reiatsu, as well as vast expanses of unexplained and inexplicable ‘nothingness’ both near the Realms and outside of their borders. The Nothing upon which Void hydras and First Beings walk is not actually nothing, but it is a type of energy that cannot be controlled or manipulated by regular living beings, immortal or otherwise. Some scholars believe that not even the gods, split as they are, truly know what it is or how it came to be.
Realms are surrounded by a spherical globe of space that is enclosed within a shield of energy, generally invisible from within, called the Veil, which separates the Realm from the Nothing outside. The Markers within a Realm’s world give energy to the Veil, upon which the Void hydra grasps; without the Markers, the Veil would fail and evaporate, leaving the Realm to be destroyed by the Void’s chaotic energy.
The energy inside the Spheres differs between all Realms, and each is generally unique. At the center of each Realm Sphere, there is the world of that Realm itself - as well as its related suns and moons. The planet is known to be stationary within the Sphere, and the suns and moons (which are much smaller than the world at the center of the Realm) orbit around it. Suns and moons are composed of reiatsu, where suns are bright and made of lightfire, and moons are made of solid, shimmering reiatsu somewhat akin to Soulgems in nature.
Stars are divided into three distinct categories, depending on where they are located and what they are composed of. All stars are made of energy - usually reiatsu that is akin to the element of Light, though understood to not be the same. Star types are:
- Realm Stars are stars that are found within the Sphere; these stars do not leave the Realm Sphere unless the Veil is completely breached, and once in contact with the Nothing, they will dissipate.
- Void Stars are those that are found outside of the Spheres; they float alongside the great Void hydras, and may sometimes be seen from within the Spheres, though it depends on the thickness of the Veil and the energy within. They are much, much larger and much more powerful than Realm stars, and can easily overload any immortal or mortal who attempts to use them.
- Divine Stars are the last in this category, and are made by the gods in constellations, and cannot be manipulated by any mortal, immortal or lesser god as the other two types can. Realm Stars and Void Stars can give power to Cosmic and Celestial dragons, where Divine Stars cannot.
Scholars have just begun to discover that they may track the movements of other Void hydras through their Void Stars, as well as the Veil-shielded balls of light that are the Realm Spheres, though the latter may sometimes be hidden from view. On some Void hydras, the energy connecting the Realms to the hydra’s head or tail can be seen in bright flashes and flares of color, moreso if a hydra is younger.
Portals of all Realms - those passageways between worlds, gateways that many hold the ability to create - are made available for our use by intricate stone slabs called the Markers. Each Marker is what connects the Void to its respective Realms, keeping the balance so that they may continue to exist. Each Realm has a total of four, no more and no less; each is protected by a singular guardian, as detailed below.
The Markers are generally depicted as large stone slabs, usually obsidian in look, covered in ancient runes that glow in the color of the Realm's reiatsu itself. These runes shift position and size over time, so that no Marker looks alike to another. All average about four to five feet in height, can be dull or glossy, outward appearance oftentimes affected by whatever elements are present in the place they've been hidden.
To utilize the Markers, through portals, to travel between Realms, one must first picture the Realm and have knowledge of the Realm that they are traveling to. The connection is thrown from one Marker-held Realm to the next, across whatever distance the heads/tails are at that time. It's possible to travel to another Void's Realms if one knows what they're going into, but it's very difficult, and you have to go through the Veil into the Void and out of a Realm sphere to do it.
If a Marker is destroyed, the release of energy can be devastating, depending on how old it might be and what spells have been laid upon it. As each Marker is destroyed, a Realm's portals will begin to fail - their connection with the Void, and the veil that protects them, begins to degrade. The instability of a Realm's portals range with how many Markers are left. If one is destroyed, portals will open and close easily, but they generally won't lead to where they're pointed; they could open into a place miles and miles away, into the side of a mountain, or much, much worse. If two are destroyed, they won't hit their target at all, and will become dangerous to open lest the portal collapse with one partway through. If three are destroyed, portals can sometimes lead to other Realms, inside planets, out into space, and won't remain open for more than a few brief seconds. If all four are destroyed, the Realm will begin to drift in the Void, cut off from everything; its veil will degrade and - eventually - it will begin to die. The Void will reclaim it and destroy it, entrapping and killing those souls left inside.
To restore a broken Marker, one must gather five stones from five different Realms; generally, ones on this type of quest must enlist the help of an Ether or a god, who may bypass the Void and create portals without a problem. Utilizing the stones, one can then use the essences trapped within to reconnect to the Void, and the substance the stones are made of to rebuild the Marker. This will reattach the hydra's head that once connected to the Realm in question, drawing it like a magnet to metal. If Markers are left too long without reconnection, however, not only will the disconnected Realm die - but the Realm that it balanced as well.
Portals are doorways between Realms, opened through the Veil and bypassing the Void. They are connected to the Markers, which tie all Realms together, and are affected by the condition of those Markers. Most any character can open one in a variety of ways - some examples we'll discuss here.
A static - or standing - portal is one that is created in an already-built structure, such as the stone arch above. It will show a clear picture of the world beyond, often tinted the color of the reiatsu of the one who opened it.
The most common type of portal. These are normally opened quickly without any preparation, and can be any color - most often blue (which the example is not). They can be either clouded, misty or clear in the center, ringed with color.
The second most common type, and the most used with those who use bladed weapons or claws to open portals.
These are used by mages or those transporting someone who cannot move on their own. It takes a greater deal of preparation and energy to open and maintain.
A bit easier than a glyph portal, but only will transport a single occupant at one time.
Very rarely used by dragons as a quick mode of transportation across the land of one Realm. Generates a sort of 'wormhole' made of wind.