The Pseudoan Empire: an exercise in constructed worlds and stepping on toes
Unified Creation Number 1.99.*
As I have so much done it's clogging up the doodle thread, I guess it's time that all my stuff over to its specific thread.
So. What about this "Pseudoan" thing anyway?
The Pseudoan Empire is something that I have imagined about two years ago, when I was just starting secondary school. At the time the avid reader that is me reads a lot of things, both online and offline. Seeing Zompist with the stuff that he made and then reading a ton of stories, I thought big. Naturally, too big.
It was soon after that I realized what kind of mess I'm getting into, both in the creation of the universe and how many toes I step onto (both metaphorically and literally -- I don't watch my step often!) But more to the point. I was going to create something, while completely original, is the biggest toe-stepper of them all: a world where its contents is everyone else's.
The Pseudoan Empire was born 36 billion local years years after the birth of their universe (called AB -- AstorendaBeležu (universeBegin)) (that works out to be about 40,949,316,000 Earth years) in the world of Pseudo. The world progressed about 3 billion years before intelligent life had formed. At first, they developed as we did: slowly and then exponentially quickly. Merely 70,000 years after their discovery of fire, they have brought people to their local moons (two of them) and then soon after their entire system was conolised by their 80,000th year.
One hundred thousand years later they have discovered that they were not alone, even in their own system; the Pseudoans found the Circulars, a gas giant some 5 AU away from their own planet. They have developed in parallel, in different directions: due to an impossible planet pressure the Circulars stayed near the core, partially hollowing it slightly and building their own wall of half-solid-half-liquid hydrogen; whereas the Pseudoans are less content with their own planet, despite having built a shell around it so as to double their living space, they want more, mostly due to the incredible population they have and impressive mating success rates (the invention of test-tube babies didn't help much). The Pseudoans have no trouble at all with the atmosphere, though their skinny build are no match to the crushing pressure and they wear clunky kludges of suits to support themselves. The Circulars, having known how to build much better suits to support the weaker of their kind, seeing how good they are to get to the land that they have always dreamt of but could never see, yet completely pitiful with their ground tech, sees a deal: you bring us to space and we'll give you more toys to play with. Both sides being more pacifist than... well, they're just pacifist, both parties have agreed almost immediately and soon they passed the boundaries of their own system, discovering planet after planet and planet.
It was three million years' worth of exploration and meeting other worlds both life-filled and lifeless (but mostly lifeless) before they found another highly-advanced species. The Quaxtia, a race whose star has already been reduced to a white dwarf, live in the planet and surrounding system (what's left of it anyway) of Quaxtion. They have long since shed their physical form and are now floating bits of information, needing no more than pure radiation to survive, the higher frequency the better. They have never been more than 8 or so light-years away from their planet, even since the Sh(r)edding, as they call it (how we manage to preserve the pun is anyone's guess). Now getting a free ride they pretty much took the left seat of the Train of Exploration and continued.
And finally, a rival! The Xaxex had in parallel developed the galaxy on the other side and for the first time the borders meet. Three races against one and soon it was the Galactic War of 42,457,554,378 AB. It went on for the next thousand years, on and on and on and on, first on the battlefield, and then on the computer because losses are too great. Even if half the time they aren't even fighting and spent most of the time being chummy with each other. So I guess this is a bit like the Hundred-Years' War that we (as in Europeans) know and (as no one) love eh?
Anyway, in exactly 1,248 years later (that 42,457,555,626 AB for those who are taking notes) the Galactic War was over in the Xaxex's defeat. But then, it was irrelevant -- after all, will you call five hundred years sitting in front of a screen mashing buttons relevant? So the war was declared a tie and no one ever paid everything. Well, except for paying for the 4 billion corpses and the ridiculously massive monument. After that the two joined forces as equals and everyone wins. The final hierarchy is:
| `--Subordinates of the North (Closer to Pseudo)
`--Subordinates of the South (Closer to Xaxex)
<!DOCTYPE OrganizationalML><corporation><position name="Pseudo"><position name="Xaxex"><position name="Circular"><position name="Subordinates of the North"><description>Planets and races closer to Pseudo</description></position></position><position name="Quaxtion"><position name="Subordinates of the South"><description>Planets and races closer to Xaxex</description></position></position></position></position></corporation><!--Please note that Pseudo and Xaxex are both on the galactic disc,
and are 170° from each other. Yes, during all those years they travelled
across the galaxy once only. -->
So they lived happily ever after right? Well, to a point. For the next five or six billion years or so they did all sorts of amazing stuff like developing a type of magic that could bend the laws of physics by inducing loopholes, or use some of the less-refined parts of the laws so as to sneak around it. All fun and games until...
It was 49,910,501,974 AB, and yet another finding was published. What is it that made this is so important? It found out that the most important era of the universe, the stelliferous, is just about to end. What signifies this is the fact that star creation has almost halted due to lack of hydrogen, and despite their best effort, no one has got around the conservation of energy just yet, which means that there will be no way out other than, well, out the universe. The scientists immediately got around to finding the right way to penetrate the previously impenetrable (with lots of snarks and s along the way too) and cross universe boundaries.
It took a long time, but it was done. In 49,954,343,520 AB, the first launch at speeds of over c^5 was reached and they kept going faster. The way to get around it is to stress out the processor. You see, they had the universe to be a computer, and its screen is the universe. The edge of a game map is built as such so that it will return you to the other side of the universe when it detects your attempts to cross the boundary it will send you to the other side. It has a fail-safe that allows it to detect stuff moving much faster than c mainly for the useless tachyons that fly around doing nothing in particular. In the meantime, the spell-casters are quickly building a new spell that attempts to turn entropy from a simple property into a physical particle so as to remove it and reduce entropy.
In time, the "sneaking past the framerate" method worked. It took ridiculous speeds of up to c^98^(1.5 × 10^5,948,000). When he reached outward, he reported, through a specially-designed communication device, "a sky of dark universes".
Long story short, it was the moment that the universe has become the multiverse, and all that lives in it will now be free from death. Every time a universe dies, a new one will inexplicably be born due to the simple fact that the law of conservation of energy seems to be turned off here.
And speaking of the spellcasters, well, they failed, but what we do realize is that with each "sneak past the frame-rate" entropy seems to have decreased. A shattered cup put under the ship fixed itself without help, and anything seems to behave better once sneaked past the frame-rate. Then it was found that entropy seems to turn into a particle under these incredibly hot conditions (interstellar gas + metal = 8 × 10^30°C yo! That's what you get for moving so fast that you went across the universe multiple times!) and they are ejected to their own small bits of universe every time the frame-rate has been sneaked past. Thus, this universe was saved as well.
As for the whole "stepping across the toes part", 49,999,000,000 AB brought a nasty surprise as while completely new worlds appear, what appears to be a reenactment of old works of fiction appear as well. It was soon before the truth appeared: these are the story universes! Soon after, the creation industry stepped up the pace for the sake of new universes, and the continued existence of their own lives. The stories that they make sometimes also have characters that write their own stories, thus the "new" universes that have things that no one has seen before.
Who writes them? No one knows yet. But it will be found soon.
...and that's the context. I'll get my works on here soon.
Last edited by IsoraķatheÃ°; 08-07-2010 at 01:15 AM.
In the sunken city of R'lyeh, awaiting such time as the stars are ready and I shall awaken.
Re: The Pseudoan Empire: an exercise in constructed worlds and stepping on toes
...Why does the central city of a billion-year-plus old, multiverse-spanning civilization utilizing alternate dimensions as knapsacks and with physically impossible technology based on physics-defying materials and technologies filched from other universes and technology advanced enough to reverse the decay of the universe have a metro?
Tell me it's at least a magnetically levitated wormhole metro powered by antimatter or something.
Re: The Pseudoan Empire: an exercise in constructed worlds and stepping on toes
Let's just say an equally magical combination of kleptomania, cultural and biological need as well as the fact that it just has everything. You might even see a horse-drawn carriage here and there if you look carefully enough.
An absolute agglutination of everything means that it must have everything to cater to all forms of life in all states of technology.
And yes. Those are called the Level-3 Trains and they only stop at interchange stations.