The Kolverse Worldbuilding and Writing Project™ has developed a set of terminology to assist creators (worldbuilders and writers) in working for the Verses.Space™ project. These are existing English words that we redefined to fit how we envision the world or worlds in our project.
In Verses.Space, worlds are ordered into two levels, Reality and Realm. There are also six classifications for tracking important, notable, and/or significant, details: Place, Nation, Group, Race, Character, and Item. We write these labels with an uppercase first-letter to easily identify it from its regular English definition. Thus, "a Reality" is different from "a reality".
Together these two orders and six classifications makes it easy to access and manage information in the Verses.Space project. We'll go into each in more detail. Here are examples using popular franchises:
- Reality: Dungeons & Dragons
- Realm: DragonLance
- Place: Taladas
- Nation: Solamnia
- Group: Knights of Neraka
- Race: Kender
- Character: Raistlin
- Item: DragonLance
- Realm: Forgotten Realms
- Realm: DragonLance
- Reality: DC Cinematic
- Realm: Earth-1 (Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Justice League)
- Reality: DC CW TV
- Realm: Earth-1 (Flash, Green Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow)
- Realm: Earth-38 (Supergirl, Superman)
- Reality: Blizzard Entertainment
- Realm: StarCraft
- Race: Protoss
- Race: Terran
- Race: Zerg
- Realm: WarCraft
- Place: Telogrus
- Nation: Kal'dorei (children of the night; "Night Elf")
- Group: Cenarion Expedition
- Race: Ren'dorei (children of the void; "Void Elf")
- Character: Alleria Windrunner
- Item: Heart of Azeroth
- Realm: StarCraft
A Reality is a group of different Realms. This could be an author's multiverses; or a brand/franchise name. Through this, we achieved two things: (1) fans can easily track the worlds of their favourite creators (worldbuilders and writers); and (2) creators can set rules for cross-Reality travels, or what we commonly know as "crossovers".
Crossovers are usually not canon due to Copyright and Licensing considerations, no further works can be created beyond the agreement. For example, DC and Disney has to strike a very good deal if they want to create a one-issue crossover story about the Justice League helping the Avengers fight a mega villain called Mickey Mouse. If it becomes highly profitable, they need another deal if they want to continue such venture.
Since in Verses.Space everything is canon and we do not have Copyright and Licensing matters to consider, it is through Reality that creators can set rules in cross-Reality traveling. We can not just allow any character hassle-free access everywhere, right? This is our way of putting all possible obstacles which the characters has to cross before they can even cross. Of course, there are magical items, technology, and your unusual mysteries and quirks of the kolverse (our version of the omniverse, panverse, all-verse).
A Realm is our unifying label or group to refer to different multiverses (yes, there are more than one multiverse), parallel worlds, other dimensions, planes of existence, and other timelines or timestreams. A Realm is strictly any of these only and a Realm must always have a Reality, these two goes hand-in-hand.
This format allow creators great flexibility in creating worlds and writing stories. Anyone can do anything they want within the CC By-SA 4.0 International License. This is especially important on the creative writing side when what would others consider "fanfiction" and thus non-canon, is a Realm in its own right here in Verses.Space, not a fanfiction and definitely canon.
The Place classification covers important, notable, and/or significant places. This could be a location where a great battle took place; or could be as simple as an inn in the middle of nowhere known for being a neutral ground. This could be a [[#planet|]] or a place between worlds. It can also be a continent or a small forest.
If it is a notable Place, it can have its own page in the Verses.Space wiki with all the interesting information about it listed, this way other creators can use the Place if they want to.
Nations, kingdoms, countries, though it may appear to be a place, are listed in its own classification.
Nations are a group of people with a unifying identity, a culture of their own, and a language they speak, write, and teach to their children. It could be a stateless Nation or one with a political, statehood status. They could be a traveling Nation, with no particular territory, or a Nation that spans thousands of galaxies (or even in other Realities).
A Group on the other hand is an organisation of like-minded individuals or those united by a common cause. It could be a merchants guild, a clan of assassins, a political party, or an alliance.
While a Race is a classification of sentient lifeforms. A people's skin colour or skin tone is not a Race, although it could be in certain conditions. Elves and humans are of two different Races, not because the former has long and pointy ears or the latter has shorter lifespans but rather because of their origin and biological differences.
The simplest one, a Character is the Character in stories or in the world. We list interesting characters up to secondary supporting role ones. It gives more options for creators to share adventures of different Characters and further develop them.
Items could be anything and everything, from a simple leg of a chair to a dangerous magical or scientific technology that can end and recreate a world. However, we are only listing those that has reached a notable status. A leg of a chair or a piece of stone picked up by a character are not listed until such a time that these play a significant role in the world. For example, a leg of a chair can later become the Captain's Woodleg, and that random stone later became the stone that killed a giant and people are dying to get their hands on it for its assumed magical powers.
As we defined earlier, a Realm is our unifying label for different multiverses, parallel worlds, other dimensions, planes of existence, and other timelines or timestreams. Parallel, dimension, plane is considered one and the same but in Verses.Space, these are different tropes.
Think of the world around you as a cube. A cube has three axes, the breadth, the height, and the length. If we move along the breadth of the cube, we move leftwards and rightwards. Moving along the height of the cube, we are moving upwards and downwards, while the length is going forwards or backwards. Replace these with parallel, dimension, and plane.
A parallel (world) trope in Verses.Space is the breadth of our imaginary cube. A Character moving to a parallel world can be considered as moving leftwards or rightwards. It does not mean that parallel worlds are on the left and right of this world, remember, we are only using an imaginary cube to understand how we view these tropes differently than most other fiction.
Parallel worlds/multiverse can be defined as a world where most of what exist in another parallel world also exists. If there is a planet earth, in one parallel world/multiverse then there is also a parallel earth in another. Or it could be there is a duplicate of a person in another parallel world/multiverse but who can be a total opposite in character and values, or even gender, or probably died already, or even was not born because the person's parallel parents were never married.
The differences between parallels are not on the fundamental nature, for example, instead of electron revolving around a nucleus, it is a proton. This change type of change is outside of our concept of parallel worlds/multiverses, it falls under our (other) dimension trope.
Our (other) dimension trope deals with the fundamental changes in reality. As an example already mentioned, in another dimension it is the protons that revolve around the nucleus and inside it is a neutron and an electron. It can also be that humanity in this other dimension has four arms, or breaths carbon dioxide instead of oxygen.
In our imaginary cube, a dimension is the length. Moving into other dimensions can be a movement of forwards and backwards. Again, it is not literal, we are using a cube as our device to explain our tropes. It will make more sense in the next trope, the plane (of existence).
How about plane (of existence)? We view it as the vibration of the Realm (not Reality). A higher vibration would mean that Realm is not visible to the other Realms with a lower vibration.
A good example from a popular franchise is DC CW TV's multiple earths where Earth-38, Supergirls earth has a different vibration than Flashs Earth-1 although these two earths exists on the exact same coordinates. Two different Realms existing on the same coordinates but can not interact with each other. It is not a parallel earth trope per se as it was explained the difference between earths is the vibration of each universe, or Realm in Verses.Space terminology.
Another example would be ghosts or apparitions. It could be that ghosts are sentient beings vibrating on a different level that sometimes are seen on a different plane of existence. Yet another example, beings who have ascended or transcended to a higher existence could actually mean, they reached a point where they are vibrating on a higher level.
This is the plane (of existence) trope in Verses.Space and in our cube device, it perfectly fits the height axis.
Timelines or timestreams are the different branches of time. Though there are branches of time, it does not mean all these branches originated from one single branch before any split. There could be two or more original branches that split into multiple branches. We call these, as in any other fiction, as timelines or timestreams.
Like the tropes parallels, dimensions, and planes, timeline/timestream branches can be listed as a Realm. Let's say a traveler from a different Realm (could be from a different Reality too) went to a particular Realm's past. This character's action changed the course of history of another character native to it. In the first story of this native character, he was married to a beautiful woman. But in this new branch of timeline, the character is now married to a beautiful man.
In other projects, this would be considered non-canon, crossover, and a fanfiction. Here in Verses.Space, it is not non-canon, not a crossover, and not a fanfiction, it is a Realm that came into existence based on another Realm using the timeline trope. A timeline branch in our project is not a regular timeline in other projects where it can be forgotten after the current story (or only used when it serves a purpose). In our project, it can live and breath on its own.
We do not exactly make a difference between a multiverse and a universe as is the case in other fiction. A multiverse is simply a terminology to convey that there are more than one universe, while a universe is a terminology based on a limited-view, meaning, from the vantage point of a people who is not (yet) aware there are other universes other than their own.
As with all the other Realm tropes, each universe in a multiverse is an individual Realm. Take for example the multiverse in the popular franchise, The One. Converting their tropes into Verses.Space, their use of the word multiverse simply means the plural of universe. There is a multiverse out there is the same as there are more than one universe out there. Each universe is a Realm in our project.
Last but not the least, we come to what we call the kolverse. The kolverse is everything in existence. There is nothing above or greater than it. It is no different to all-verse, panverse, omniverse. But it is more than a terminology.
The 8 classifications, the 5 Realm tropes, and kolverse, all exists in our fiction world. Characters, Races, Nations, Groups, may talk about these in-universe, meaning, in the stories the creators share with everyone. A Nation could say that they exist in 10 Realms in 5 Realities. Or some magic-based spaceship or science-based gateway needs a pinpoint accurate coordinates to travel into another parallel, dimension, plane, and timeline to reach a particular Realm different from the one they are currently in.
This is what the kolverse is. It encompasses all of it and this is where stories takes place. Maybe in the future some amazing creator would share a story about a particular Race, Group, or Nation that wants to reach the edge of the kolverse but only to find out they are a work fiction. Or maybe, you and I are part of this kolverse, a work of fiction or perhaps this it is all real.