The Universe Series

The Universe series is a series with various stand-alone titles set in various different ages in a fantasy universe. The Universe series got its name from the lack of anything more creative, and Jenni always thought of it as the Universe.

The following page may include spoilers of different books and stories. Or it may not at all. You will only know if you read the books, and will never be any wiser if you don’t.

Contents

  1. Timeline
    – Before Time
    – The Olden Ages
    – The Age of the Wall
    – The Middle Ages
    – The Age of Invention
    – The Fall
    – The Age of Creation
    – The Future Age
  2. Species
    – Angels
    – Demons
    – Fairies
    – Gods
    – Humans
    – Magicians
    – Spirits
  3. Countries & Languages
    – Keinal & Keinala
    – Lilith-Kelitae & Kelitean
    – Niku & Nikowua
    – Norrik
    – Sogal
    – The Desert of the Elves
    – The Forest of the Children & Miyalui
    – The Forest of the Fairies
    – The Northern Isles & Pohjolan Kieli

Timeline

Here follows a very brief history of the Universe. It uses the categorising of The True History, which may or may not be correct. Different species in different eras uses different naming, aside from there being plenty of variations of the same thing. The Creation of the Universe is one of the most speculated

Before Time

Before anything else existed there was nothing but spiritual powers at work. No planets, no stars, no time, and – of course – no universe to any of these to exist in. But the powers came together and created a huge spiritual being. It just floated around in the nothingness. It had no thoughts. But it kept growing.

One day it came across something in front of it and bit it. It felt surprise and it felt pain. It bit itself and it was bleeding. The blood of the spirit turned to water and soil, mountains and clouds. As it didn’t understand what caused the pain, the spirit started to chew on itself, and the powers that had gathered turned into four magical beings – the four original creatures, or four deities.

The four deities were granted the power to make life grow together. Using parts of the spirit that were still left, they created plants and with them weak spirits, and through love of what they created they created the stars in the sky. The created the animals one by one, creating the circle of life. But the circle was not full just yet, as souls wound wander, so the deities created Life and Death and the fairies.

The Olden Ages

Human of the Universe consider Life and Death being the show that time flows, so this is when the concept of time is first created, and hence time can start.

The fairies were taught how to speak, as they were different from the animals of the Universe. They existed to supervise Life and Death, although they could die and give birth, just like the other living beings the deities made.

Life and Death begin to love one another, which the deities thought was inevitable to happen. They hoped it would happen. And their love becomes the creation of three children: Angel, Demon and Human. The Children each had a power. Angel held the power of protection, Demon the power of destruction, and Human the power of creation.

While Human loved her brother, the two didn’t get along, and their fighting eventually led to the death of Life and Death themselves. This created chaos among the deities, and they argued for a long time what to do. But they were forced to come to a conclusion, and two of the deities went with the fairies, while one deity made Angel the Bringer of Life, and Demon the Bringer of Death.

But Human was left alone without her beloved brothers and parents. The deity assigned to Demon, wished they could do more for the despairing Human than leave her with the family the deities had created for her. However, the deity assigned to Angel, who had fallen in love with one of the human children, proclaimed war upon the deity of Demon and the other deities fled with the fairies

The Age of the Wall

Demon become frustrated at not seeing his beloved sister, so one night he took her soul, and, as he was afraid she would be lonely, kept taking the souls of the oldest living human. The human children created the concept of death of old age – which had yet to exist in the Universe – and every being alive, aside from the four deities were affected by the power of creation that had gone out of control by the widespread concept.

Angels, demons, fairies and deities alike kept out of sight from the humans, and humans started to forget what had happened. They still believed in things, but they did no longer know. For a long time they believed that they lived in the world as humans did, but a concept of an otherworldly world started to spread.

At this point in time, there are a few ideas of what may have happened, depending on who you ask. Some claim that the barrier separating the lands of the demons and the angels from the humans was created solely from the idea that they did not exist in the same world as humans. Some claim that there were humans aware of what they were doing that created a barrier to keep the Universe safe from war between demons and angels. Which is true, no one can say.

What they do know is that some were aware about the barrier and knew what it meant. The could create and remove portals in it, and the barrier got the name the Wall and the portals Gates. Fairies starting guarding the Wall and the Gates, but why no one can say for sure anymore.

The Middle Ages

This is where most of human history in the Universe begins, although most of it is extremely inaccurate. Hence I won’t include any of the speculations of humans from later ages.

Humans start to evolve for real. As they no longer rely on otherworldly beings to survive, they start working to stay alive, and truly become a part of the life cycle of the Universe. And at first the focus is mainly on survival. But as time very slowly passes, humans start to create for real. They create stories about the world, they create ideas of good and evil, they create pictures to tell about these things, they create tools, they create what would in later ages be called wonders. In fact, they – without really knowing – create the very world around them.

But this process is slow for a very long time.

At the same time, the demons lived in tribes that turned into inhabitants or small countries. Inside their barrier were darkness and war. Among the angels was eternal light. The fairies keep on guarding the Wall and the Gates so no one can come and go between what they no call The True Realm, The Angel Realm and The Demon Realm. They fear that war may come to The True Realm if angels or demons ever enter it.

The Age of Invention

Titles set in this age: The Gatekeeper, The Boy Who Could Not Cry and The Three Realms

Once the creation process starts to speed up after the invention of printing, we enter a new age, but it’s still not very fast until fairies start integrating into human society. But this only takes place about two-thirds into this age of the Universe.

The progress of technology before this point is considerably slower as, while printing help spreading new ideas and plans on how to make things and hence speeds up the spread of inventions and technological knowledge considerably from before printing was invented, there is no way to quickly spread the printed material and due the human society mainly living in smaller countries ruled by a religious order, or a king, queen or person with some other kind of similar title the world is unsafe. There are several wars and mercenaries, soldiers and bandits are a threat to anyone traveling within the countries and definitely outside the borders. During this dangerous era filled  with war, many human societies start seeing huge differences between higher class (generally royalty, those within religious orders and nobility) and lower class (generally servants, merchants, craftsmen, and farmers) as resources goes to the rulers or otherwise highly ranked society members.

It’s due to the warring that fairies start integrating into human society, and as fairies are rather unaffected by the wars and dangers of the human society when they stay outside of it, they are also able to transport information, and exchange of information speeds up the invention of safe human transportation, which is making technological inventions come to be at a faster rate.

Wars become much less frequent by the end this age and it even has a century of total peace before we enter a new age.

Nothing in particular happens with the angel society, while demon tribes still war during a part of the era. Most of the demons, however, are united under a single king by the middle of this age and it’s mostly peaceful during this time.

Aside from starting to interact more with humans, not much changes overall in the fairy society, aside from Mermaids becoming recognised as a fairy subspecies at the beginning of The Age of Invention.

The Fall

Due to the barrier collapsing, an interspecific world war starts. The war became called “the fall of [insert any humanoid species here]” globally even during the age it is in, and it lasts all through the 500 years that this age of the Universe lasts. While not all of technology is lost during the era, most of it is.

The Age of Creation

Titles set in this age: The Meeting and Beyond the Horizon

Societies start building up more of less from scratch after The Fall causes worldwide destruction. The technological progress has more or less returned to the same level as The Middle Ages, but the concept of technology is to some extent intact. Due to this similar technology can emerge and the world progress faster this time for the societies. However, this technology is based on magical and spiritual forces, unlike much of the technology from The Age of Invention.

While speciesism (as well as racism) happens, all species have become more accepting in general, and in many countries one finds the species living together in harmony. There are internal conflict within countries – sometimes due tribes fighting for territory, sometimes due class systems – as well as some amount of conflicts between countries, but for many years the memory of The Fall will keep the world generally peaceful.

During this age many start having a strong belief in godly powers and there are individuals that are called “gods” or “goddesses” (or, in some cases, “deities”). Magicians also seem to have evolved, but aside from determining it a subspecies of humanity, no one seems to understand how Magicians came to be.

The Future Age

Eventually the technological progress exceeds the one of The Age of Invention and continues into new territory. The living beings of the planet start exploring the heavens and the rest of the universe with the general motto of “heading to the Future!”, however a large portion of the conscious population disagrees. Global conflicts start to rise again between those who want a more conservative approach and those who want to further spread out.

Eventually the population start inhabiting other astronomical bodies close to their own as they find ways to use technology and magical power to create spaces suited for life and traveling through space is rather common, although it cannot be made by single individuals. Those believing in more conservative lifestyle stay on the planet they originally all came from, but children born on other bodies don’t understand why the population should stay on one planet.

History and time itself continues from here as new species evolve, but the original species eventually cease to exist as they used to be altogether.

Species

Angels

Angels are the species that naturally lives the longest and may live up to around 3 000 years. Their entire society is built on the concept of following “God”, with “Angel” being their representative. Hence angels are nameless and only live to serve God.

Angels have white wings that grows from their lower back. Young angels tend to have fair skin, but it grows dark as they age. The hair tends to do the same, but may stay a light brown or dark blonde, although it most often grown black within the first 100 years of age. Angels are generally the same height as humans, but they never grow old in appearance.

Angels have magical powers, but as they create their own community and social norms, they find no reason to use magic.

Demons

Demons look very much like humans, but due to lack of light later on in the history of the Universe they become extremely pale – often so much so that a human would assume they were very ill and most likely dying. Their hair colours are generally light, but some have bright coloured or slightly dark coloured hair. Demons may or may not have horns, which grow either out from their lower back or from just below their shoulder blades, and they may or may not have black wings. Their ears come in three varieties: rounded like humans, humanlike but ending in points, or downward facing pointy ears.

Demons mainly are users of water magic, but may have a combination of two or three powers – though earth and plant magics are extremely rare. It’s believed among demons that eating souls increases your magical power, but there is no proof this is the case, and some demons have little to no magical power no matter how many souls they eat.

Demons are divided into tribes or countries and each society have different values and norms. Most tribes and countries start following a common king – The Demon King – during The Middle Ages, but not all want to do so and believed the system with several leaders was better, even if it led to a lot of war. During The Fall demons once again turn to living in tribes to never follow a common ruler anymore, although the species as a whole tell tales of The Last King until it becomes a legend no one can confirm ever existed.

Fairies

The Fairies are divided into three races: The Common Fairy, The Desert Fairy, and The Mermaids. Dark Elves are also a name for the Desert Fairies, who are naturally dark in skin colour due to living in the desert. The Common Fairies are also called Forest Fairies, Forest Elves, Elves, Faes, Faeries, and Fairies. The fairies look in general like humans and share a lot of general traits with humans (such as the variety of body builds), though they tend to be slightly taller than humans, their ears are longer and end in points and adult fairies have wings. The wings grow out of the fairies lower back in their adolescence, but a fully grown fairy’s wings are not actually directly connected to their body.

The Common Fairy is what fairies started out as. They are very powerful and have one of four elemental power – most commonly fire, closely followed by the category “plants” which includes earth magic, tree magic, growth magic and mineral magic. The elements can be used for different purposes, although fire and plant magic are the ones fairies most easily make use of.

The Common Fairies tend to come in colour codes which are general seen as pure or muddy: the pure colours consist of blue (ranging from navy to pastel), red (bright red to pastel pink), green (forest green to pastel), and yellow (golden to white), while the muddy consist of brown, orange, purple, turquoise and grey. This coding is mainly seen in their hair and eye colour, but may affect their see-through wings to have a tint of the colour. The darker or brighter the colour the higher up in society the fairies tend to be, and fairies that come from noble tend to have crystal eyes: sapphire, ruby, emerald, and diamond.

Some Common Fairy communities avoid colours with yellow, as they represent something evil in most of the fairy society, so they don’t wear yellow or white, and can be hesitant toward orange and more yellower greens. Golden yellow still is a sign of nobility, creating mixed feelings among most Common Fairies.

The Desert fairies are dark-skinned after millennia of living in sunny areas. They as well tend to have colour coding, but their hair and eyes are generally darker than the Common Fairies’ and often look raven black if not in the sun. Desert Fairies are less judgemental than Common Fairies when it comes to colours and have no societal rules regarding them. They, however, tend to be more cautious of outsiders due to their tightly knit community.

Mermaids are the result of many years of fairies and aquatic life having children. Originally the species was considered “half fairies” by the Common and Desert Fairies, but the Desert Fairies started recognising the Mermaids as a proper subcategory of Fairies as the Mermaids starting creating communities in the oceans and lakes, and the Common Fairies decided to “adopt” the Mermaids as one of their kinds.

The Mermaids are not only women, but the species themselves call them Mermaids as a species, as their society is matriarchal. The mermen have no problem with this, as they see it as a great honour to be called “maids” just as their Queens would be, if they were merpeople. Merpeople is however interchangeable with mermaid in the Mermaid society and is used almost as much.

Unlike the other fairies, they don’t grow wings. However, sometimes mermaids have scar tissue around the area where the fairylike torso and the fishlike fin, which comes from the skin changing in adolescence for the growth of wings, but it never returns to how it was supposed to.

Mermaids tend to have less magical power than other fairies – and it’s not uncommon to not have any.

Fairies in general see fairies as full or part fairy. Depending on which individual society, the effect of being any of these varies. Most of the Common Fairies see part fairies with less than 50% fairy as not really fairy. While having angel or demon blood is not entirely bad and might not affect your standing in the society, human blood “makes a fairy turn foul” according to societal norms from around the middle of The Middle Ages. Partial fairies may, or may not, have the same power and/or appearance as fairies. They may also be a mix of both. The latter is especially common with part-animals. Fairies call those with part-fairy genes either halfers (half-something else) or parters (part any amount other than fairy).

Gods

The term “god” are used differently throughout the history of the Universe, so what it actually means depends on the age.

It’s used for the first four truly conscious beings, which are also called the Originals, which is short for the Original Creatures or the Original Powers, or the Elders. This is the first “species” that ever exist, as their bodies are physical to touch. These gods cannot die, although they can leave their physical body if necessary.

A subspecies, which in the Universe also are called “gods”, starts to come into existence during The Fall. From around middle of The Age of Creation these are what is mainly referred to when they talk about gods and the first occurrence of it is during The Fall. These gods are mortal, but have long life spans. They can vary a lot in how they look, and their powers can be any mix of powers.

During most of the history of the Universe it is, however, just used to refer to a conceptual god, and not an actual species.

Humans

In the Universe, humans have magical powers, just like other species. Other than that, they are like humans in our own universe. Their societies also change considerably faster than demons’, fairies’ and angels’ and humans vastly more widespread resulting in several different societal philosophies and norms at any given time. This is generally not the case with the longer living and lesser widespread humanoid species.

Aside from during early history, the human power is generally used subconsciously and directly affects the world. It can affect it on a small-scale from a single or a few individuals, but it can also affect the entire Universe with the power a great amount of humans. It’s very different from the other species’ powers, which are more based in the four elements (Water, Fire, Plants or Earth and Air – or  as the Magicians call them: Life, Death, Power and Belief).

Magicians

Magicians are really not a species of their own, but is a subspecies of humans that start to appear after The Fall. Their powers are more similar to the powers of Fairies and Demons than humans, and they have a longer life span than the average human, but the lack any features that would suggest them being related to any of the other species.

Spirits

There are two types of spirits in the Universe. The first one is what is left of souls once they have left the human body and is pure spiritual power in a non-physical mostly spherical body. They don’t have what is considered a conscious mind and aren’t technically a species.

During the Age of Invention the species called “spirits” come into existence. After that “spirits” means both with no distinction in wording between the two in most languages and it depends entirely on context: A spirit without a body can’t affect the physical world, while a spirit with a body can affect what’s around it by things like touching, moving, eating, talking and so on. Neither spirit can die, but the physical bodied spirit may lose its body.

Countries & Languages

Keinal & Keinala

Keinal is a pacifist country first in The Olden Ages, and then in The Demon Realm from The Age of the Wall to the end of The Age of Invention. Close to the end of The Age of Invention, its ruler, King Sero, decided to join the rest of The Demon Realm. Until then, a barrier had kept Keinala safe from dangers, but also disconnected from the rest of The Demon Realm.

Keinala is the spoken language of Keinal. It’s not the official language, as the country/territory never gives up Kelitean as its official language and the language used in writing. The spoken language however comes from the inhabitant who seldom read and over thousands of years Kelitean warps into Keinala. (Examples can easily be made, but looking at the words mentioned: Kelitea and Keinala both mean “language” in their respective languages, and Kelitae – part of the country and town name, Lilith-Kelitae – and Keinal both mean “people”.)

Lilith-Kelitae & Kelitean

Lilith-Kelitae is a country in The Demon Realm from The Age of The Wall to the beginning of The Age of Invention. The small country became the capital when the most of The Demon Realm become a single country, and the Demon King always live in the Castle of Lilith – in the centre of Lilith-Kelitae.

Kelitean is the language demons have spoken since The Olden Ages, and was preserved in Lilith-Kelitae by its people. All demon languages have originally derived from Kelitean, but by the time The Demon Realm became just two kingdoms, only Keinala was close to the original language.

Niku & Nikowua

Niku is a country existing during late The Fall and most of The Age of Creation, but falls into ruins before The Future Age. The country absorbs Sogal for a few centuries before it’s fall and exists to the west of Sogal and Norrik.

Nikowua is the language and it sounds similar to Japanese in pronunciation but is grammar and words are different. It uses a set of runes for its writing which isn’t used in any other language. Unlike other countries during The Fall, Niku’s population all know how to write in Nikowua. However, very few know any other language.

Norrik

Norrik is a country that exists throughout most of the history of the Universe and is most significantly situated with the Northern Isles at its northern border and Sogal at its southern during The Fall and The Age of Creation. However, it’s of little significance throughout history (aside from the Children of the River living in part of the country), due to its large number of fairies protecting the lands.

Sogal

Sogal is a country situated pretty far north during The Fall and The Future Age. It was once called The Land of the South, which over time turned into Sogal. For some time during The Age of Creation, the Kingdom of Sogal loses its independency in war, but gets it back in time for The Future Age and is then officially a Principality.

The Desert of the Elves

This is a secondary name for the area where the Desert Fairies live. It’s not really used among the Fairies, but by humans outside of the territory and has the status of being mythical.

The Forest of the Children & Miyalui

During The Age of Creation, in an old forest that covers the north and northwest of Sogal and in a thin stripe along the southern border of the neighbouring country Norrik, lives a tribe, whose people always looks young, called Children of the River or People of the River. This forest is called The Forest of the Children, or – sometimes – The Forest of Eternity. To most people outside of the forest, the People of the River is a myth, but within the forest, the Children live in nomadic tribes.

The Children speak Miyalui, which derives from Kelitean and Keinala.

The Forest of the Fairies

The Forest of the Fairies is the name of every territory with Fairies, regardless of whether it actually is a forest or not. Only the Mermaids use a different name for their territories, which is Forest of the Mermaids. The Forest of the Fairies – regardless of where the territory is – is ruled by The King and The Queen, The Kings, The Queens, The Gods, or The Rulers (what is used depends on the territory) which can be found in one of the southernmost territories the Fairies have.

The Northern Isles & Pohjolan Kieli

The Northern Isles (or Pohjolan Saaristo) is a country during The Fall and The Age of Creation, situated close to the north pole with eternal winter on the northernmost island and four seasons (although spring, summer and autumn are very brief) at the three islands at the country’s southernmost point. The country is mainly inhabited first by Angels and later by magicians, and ruled by the one who call themselves God for most of The Fall.

The language spoken is a language almost identical to modern Finnish of our universe but with the lack of certain words and addition of others and some differences in meaning, which the inhabitants call Pohjolan Kieli (in the Universe it means Language of the North).