There is far more to the universe than just the physical world that you can see, smell and touch. Few humans ever only glimpse these other places, which can be very strange indeed. These are the different levels of reality in the universe of Serenai.
Reality and beyond
The physical world
This is where everyday life happens - where people live their lives from cradle to grave. Though very few humans ever see any other part of reality, the physical world is affected by the deeper levels in both subtle and severe ways.
This is a part of reality that no living human could ever visit, but all dead must venture through. But the dead are far from the only ones who dwell in the in-between. All manner of alien creatures and beings roam these misty lands, both gentle and predatory. Though some may prove to be quite friendly, dead wanderers do well in seeking out the pillars of light that shine beyond the horizon, lest they never make their way there at all...
The web of laws
This part of reality is the true domain of the Keepers. It is here that they rewrite the very fabric of reality to suit their needs. For the web contains all the laws that decide how the world looks, feels and functions. But as total as their control can seem, the web is a living thing, which changes and evolves. When the Keepers change the web from its natural state, strange things may happen, which affects both the physical world and the in-between. Many Keepes hide somewhere in the vast web that encompasses Menidi'ath, fearing that the Godslayer Rakkath may one day find them.
The color realms
This is where things get really strange. The color realms are like dreams given life - surreal places where the landscape is always changing and all things are alive in one way or another. But even in these erratic lands, there are places that are more enduring, where a single color and a single mood dominates. It is possible for humans to visit these bizarre lands through dreams, but very few ever achieve this. Then there are those that have mastered their dreaming enough to actually venture into the color realms at will. But these individuals are very rare indeed...
The source / the color
Beyond everything else there is the source, the well of all things. This force is called the Color by those throughout the universe that worship and honor it, and all things that exist have come from it. It is by its nature an abstract entity which embodies quality - it is the Color that gives a sunset its serene beauty or the scent of cinnamon buns that little bit of magic. It is the color that makes things worth more than the sum of its parts.
The color creates ceaselessly, and fills the universe and everything beyond it. But the order of the universe is created largely by another force: the Reason. While there color creates, the Reason puts it all into patterns and makes it all work together in complex ways. Without the Reason, all of existence would be a chaotic sea of things - beautiful, but devoid of structure.
If the Color is a person's swelling emotions, the Reason is the thinking mind. And through these two forces, all living things have come to be.
Copyright Zacharias Holmberg unless otherwise noted.