"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 host of the Multiverse. She handed the title to someone younger (Jade) and slowly transfers universes to her successor to avoid overwhelming the new host. Beryl is a complex golem created utilizing different forms of her namesake. 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 universe. Constant n. Any being assumed to live, have lived, or who will live in every universe. Due to the nature of the Multiverse being infinite, these cannot be measured: only assumed given believable evidence. Council, The n. Former leadership of the Hunters. Well-intentioned at best, these powerful and secretive beings manipulated the fates of many universes, 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 universal spirit. They affect only their own universe. Other rules work on a per-universe basis. Denizens n. Beings who live naturally within a universe. They are sometimes created through evolution, direct involvement by the world spirit, or direct involvement of deities. Doucha Miez n. A moderately-known Hopper. His fame comes from physical clumsiness, positive diplomatic results, and incredible luck. 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. Eyes n. Also called Gift. An all-seeing entity bound to a Hunter named Twiggy and all of his offspring. This entity is a branched consciousness, and each branch is mostly unaware of the others, but share the same goals. Firstborn n. Beings of great power that preclude all other life in the Multiverse. Their existence is not widely known. Hopper n. A denizen of one universe who travels into another, either through their own will or otherwise. In order to travel, they must form an unconscious contract with the current Multiverse that swears they will not seek to destroy existence. Hopping v. The act of moving from one universe 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 delays 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 host and leader of the Hunters. She was given the 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 Shadow Stalker servants. Jerriko n. Father of Jade. Hired by Reaper Lord to judge the dead. Hired by Beryl to manage Hoppers before Jade took control. Jikei Narisawa n. A well-known Hopper famed for his control of plants and allegiance to Jade. Judgment n. After death, a denizen, deity, or world spirit comes and stands before Reaper Lord, a reaper, or Jerriko to be sent to either a reward or a punishment before reincarnation. A person's judgment appears to them as it would in their personal beliefs. To those with no personal beliefs about death, it appears as a waiting room. Merging v. The forced combining of two or more universes into one. Multiverse n. (1) A collection of worlds (universes), formed originally by unknown means. (2) The title for the person who acts as host to the Spirit of the Multiverse. (3) The Spirit of the Multiverse, formed by the coalescing of deceased creation beings. Ozymandias n. A little-known Hopper capable of impossible feats, such as defying death and altering reality. Portal n. A temporary or permanent connection between universes. 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 position 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 Judgment. Reaper Lord n. The primary judge of the dead. To those who do not have beliefs about death, he appears as a great, beaked being who is ten feet tall. Reincarnation n. All souls under the jurisdiction of the Reapers are reborn after they have been given their earned rewards and/or punishments. 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. Universes move through time at different speeds, and the speed between two universes can be equalized by opening and maintaining a portal between them. Unifiers n. An organization that exists to recreate the "true universe" by merging the multiverse together. 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. Also called a "world". 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. A single universe. World Spirit n. The spirit of a life-bearing universe or planet. This spirit shapes the development of its location through its 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 heat death unless another world spirit takes their place either through a denizen receiving the role or offspring of the world spirit comes of age. One world spirit may have multiple universes or planets, and one universe or planet may have multiple spirits.