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The Cosmos, also called Existence, is the totality of reality. It comprises the Local Cosmos, Palioxis Starfield, Lux Aeterna, Ascension Plane, and every other known realm. The known cosmos has a total volume of 3.57 trillion cubic light years, a total number of stars well into the 4 trillions, and a total population estimated to be fifty sextillion (fifty billion billion billion). Surrounding the Cosmos is a "space" known as the Void of Creation. Representing the totality of all reality that ever was, is, or will be, the Cosmos transcends even time as a concept. Cosmologists from every realm nearly universally agree that time, entropy, and energy are concepts contained within the Cosmos and are not a part of the Cosmos itself.

The idea of something existing "outside" of the Cosmos is absurd as all that exists, whether it can be conceptualized or otherwise, necessarily lies within the Cosmos. While there is no current evidence of a sort of multiverse in which every possible timeline exists, that is the many worlds interpretation, such timelines would also be within the Cosmos.

The word "universe," while originally meaning the totality of reality, only applies to what is now known as the Local Cosmos, that is, the largest of what are known as "realms." Reality is organized into many islands of stability called "realms." Realms exist within the Void of Creation and are entirely surrounded by this void. Occasionally, realms can interact with one another by physically touching.

Properties

Realms

Realms come in two main types, Structural Realms and Superstructural Realms. In addition to the main types, there are several subtypes or unique types that defy categorization. Deistic Realms and Naturalistic Realms are the two subclasses of Structural Realm while Hyperstructural Realms, Holostructural Realms, and Azurullyan Realms represent subtypes of Superstructural Realms.

Structural Realms

Structural Realms are defined as bubbles of space that are created by the Cosmic Primordia or a similar process. Realms such as these form spontaneously in the void of creation as the constantly fluctuating quantum states eventually cause a state of order to emerge (a process called the Cosmic Primorida). These region are not dependent on any other realms for their existence. In other words, structural realms come to be on their own.

The subclasses are as follows:

  • Deistic Realms: Realms created by a naturally-occuring mind or force that, while similar to the Cosmic Primordia, is capable of some level of thought. An example of this would be the Palioxis Starfield as it was created by the Primordial Singularity.
  • Naturalistic Realms: Realms that come to be via entirely unconscious means. While many believe the Local Cosmos to be an example of a Deistic Realm, there is no evidence of this.

Superstructural Realms

Superstructural Realms (formerly called "planes") are realms created within or by a structural realm. Their continued existence is also dependent on the existence of their structural plane. They can behave in a myriad of ways, including being either deistic or naturalistic. These realms need not possess any set rules or even have matter. They vary far more than Structural Realms do, necessitating a greater number of subclassifications.

The subclasses are as follows:

  • Hyperstructural Realms: Superstructural realms of superstructural realms.
  • Holostructural Realms: Realms created artificially using technology available to only Kardashev III civilizations. Such realms are most often created using the SICTIRIAD process.
  • Azurellyan Realms: Realms unique to Azurullya that, due to unique properties, warrant their own categorization.
  • Luminiferous Realms: Realms comprising not matter or energy, but concepts. The laws of physics these realms have are more akin to general behaviors. An example would be the Lux Aeterna.

Void of Creation

Each realm, regardless of properties, has a boundary. At this boundary, the laws of physics unique to each realm, begin to become indistinguishable from one another. In other words, far from the center of each realm, the laws of physics break down. No matter the realm, these broken down laws of physics will resemble each other and more so as one moves even farther from the center.

At first, the laws simply change which has a catastrophic effect on physical objects travelling to the edge of realms. Gravity, when applicable, usually changes first. Space-time stretches and shrinks inconsistently. Afterwards, the other laws start changing, having a far more pronounced impact on objects as they move through the edge regions.

Eventually, any laws that exist in these planes will be replaced with chaos in its purest form. This is what is known as the Void of Creation. This region can be thought of as a slurry of constantly changing laws and constants that, on a macroscopic scale, is indistinguishable from nothingness. For planes that do not have quantum interactions, these once again return, albeit in an unrecognizable way to what would normally be observed. These states exist constantly fluctuating. Matter constantly attempts to take form and energy constantly tries to coalesce into quanta; however, the Void of Creation has no stable set of rules. Just as quickly as any particles form, they dissipate. In this region, time runs in no set direction and spatial dimensions fluctuate too quickly to be meaningful. Immediately before entering this void, space can constantly shift between one to any higher number, making accessing the Void of Creation physically impossible.

History

In the study of Cosmology, researchers rely heavily on computer models to work with very limited information. While these models are almost assuredly accurate, there is no way to know for certain how the Cosmos came to be. The best computer models predict that before anything existed there was nothing. This sounds like a tautology but this was actually a very new idea for most cosmologists, having only been widely accepted within the last century.

This nothing was not the type of nothing like a vacuum is, even a quantum vacuum. Rather, this nothing is more of a philosophical nothing in which truly not a single concept exists. The idea of a philosophical nothing was largely rejected until the computers working to describe this state of nothingness were allowed to include it in their models. The moment true nothingness was accepted as a valid result and not an error, the model began making sense. Currently, more research is needed; however, what is known is that before the Cosmos, for an infinite amount of time and no time simultaneously, there was nothing.

Creation of Chaos

At one point, the Void of Creation in its modern form took shape. At once, infinite chaos took form. In every direction, a countably infinite number of directions correlating to dimensions, formed. How exactly chaos came into existence is unknown; different researching organizations came to different conclusions. Numerous religions attempt to answer this question by saying some deity or another created the Chaos. Others say that the chaos was eternal and still others believe a previous cosmos caused the chaos. Regardless of its origin, it was virtually instantaneous and released a very large amount of energy; energy that could not form into particles due to the nature of chaos.

Cosmic Primordia

After what was functionally an instant, the Cosmic Primordia came into existence. In the chaos that was the void of creation, particles came into existence constantly only to dissipate when the local conditions changed. The universe was in an extremely high energy state unable to enter into a lower energy one. At one moment, just the right arrangement of particles came into existence for them to start exerting order over the chaos. These particles formed into a self-propagating complex that, at the speed of light, expanded in a sphere in all directions. The energy trapped in the Void of Creation was finally released in a bright flash of energy and heat, thus creating the Local Cosmos as it is known.

The particles had a half-life of 44 million years, meaning that by the time they created the bulk of the Local Cosmos, over a quarter had already decayed. Consequently, the radius of the habitable universe is only just over this 44 million light years figure. Beyond that, the chaos begins to take hold.

Most Cosmologists believe that the universe has an infinite number of "Local Cosmoses" called "universes" in this context. In fact, due to the high energy state of the chaos, most of the chaos should have collapsed into other realities by now. In the future, it may become possible to travel to these realms; however, as of the current year, there is no way to know if they even exist.

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