"Moody's talking about something weird again." I'm sure a lot of people are confused about some of the terms I throw around, but that's because sometimes, when you talk to one person or a small group of people about one subject, language evolves naturally within that group of two or more, for the sake of communicating more freely with that group. This has happened, I realize, with how I view the multiverse. AU n. Alternate Universe. This sometimes extends into Alternate Multiverse. Beryl n. The previous incarnation of the Multiverse. She handed the title to someone younger (Jade) and slowly transfers worlds to her successor to avoid overwhelming the new Multiverse. Choice n. Any point in spacetime where the outcome of an event cannot be predicted. To at least an infinitesimal degree, this is without exception every point in time and space simultaneously. Each Choice splits into one or more world. The Council n. Former leadership of the Hunters. Well-intentioned at best, these powerful and secretive beings manipulated the fates of many worlds, ordered the murder and persecution of magical and supernatural beings, and were charged with protecting Beryl and the Multiverse from the Unifiers and more personal dangers. Deities n. Supernatural or magical beings that are created by a world spirit. They only affect their own world. Other rules work on a per-world basis. Denizens n. Beings who live naturally within a world. They are sometimes created through evolution, direct involvement by the world spirit, or direct involvement of deities. Entropy n. The chaos and degradation of order and natural laws within reality that will eventually lead to heat death, but which is also the cause of reality's existence. Left unchecked, the systems that rely on entropy within the Multiverse will lose entropy and enter heat death. Hopper n. A denizen of one world who goes into another, either through their own will or otherwise. In order to travel, they must unconsciously form a contract with the current Multiverse that swears they will not seek to destroy existence. Hopping v. The act of moving from one world to another through a variety of means. Hopping slows the separation of the universes from each other, relative to the starting point and destination. This slows the onset of heat death and extends the life of the Multiverse. Humans n. The most common intelligent species in the multiverse, and most likely to cause trouble. Hunter n. A supernatural/magical being that is at least half human. They have super strength and senses, wield enchanted silver weapons that burn magical and supernatural beings on contact, and wear long dark leather coats with numerous pockets of many sizes. These strong warriors once served as unwilling pawns for the Council, but now serve Jade as willing agents. Jade n. The current Multiverse Spirit and leader of the Hunters. She was given the position of Multiverse at 8 years of age by Beryl, and took control of the Hunters in a violent but secret uprising that involved the Council's own enslaved Shadow Stalkers at 16 years of age. Jerriko n. Father of Jade. Hired by Reaper Lord to judge the dead. Hired by Beryl to manage Hoppers before Jade took control. Judgement n. After death, a denizen, deity, or world spirit comes and stands before Reaper Lord or Jerriko to be sent to either a reward or a punishment before reincarnation. A person's judgement appears to them as it would in their personal beliefs. Merging v. The forced combining of two worlds into one. Multiverse n. A collection of worlds, formed originally at the first Choice: the beginning of the world. It is ever-expanding with each Choice. Also the title for the person who oversees the Multiverse, currently Jade. Portal n. A temporary or permanent connection between worlds. Portable Portal n. An object that looks like beads on a string held in a carabiner. When the beads are aligned to the desired coordinates or place in its use history and it is thrown against a flat surface, it forms a portal for its user. Reapers n. Beings that work throughout most of the multiverse to harvest the souls of the dead and bring them before Reaper Lord and Jerriko for judgement. Reaper Lord n. The judge of the dead, though for eight hours a day, Jerriko covers him so he can rest. Reincarnation n. All souls under the jurisdiction of the Reapers are reborn after they have been given their reward or punishment. Shadow Stalkers n. Living shadows created by the first Multiverse. The Council took control of them when they began, and Jade took control back from the Council the same day she liberated the Hunters. Time n. Movement through the fourth dimension. Worlds move through time at different speeds, and the speed between two worlds can be balanced by opening a portal between them and leaving it open. Unifiers n. An organization that exists to recreate the true world by merging all worlds into one. They believe the existence of the Multiverse is a sign of the coming destruction of all things. Universe n. One system within the multiverse, not accessible to other universes except through hopping. War, First n. The first war between Hunters and Unifiers. Hunters won after great losses on both sides. Unifiers went into hiding. This took place during Council rule. War, Second n. The second war between Hunters and Unifiers. Hunters won with no losses after allies arrived. Some AUs exist where the Hunters lost because their allies were sabotaged. This war took place after Jade took leadership of the Hunters, but AUs exist wherein Jade is not present to take control. World n. Colloquially, a single universe. World Spirit n. The spirit of a world. This spirit shapes its development through the spirit's unconscious mind, though conscious efforts may yield stronger results. They go through sleep and wake cycles that vary drastically, though most spend greater than 60% of their lifespan sleeping. The death of a world spirit will lead to increased entropy within a world unless another world spirit takes their place either through a denizen receiving the role or offspring of the world spirit coming of age. One world spirit may have multiple worlds, and one world may have multiple spirits.