If you downloaded the Chronicles of Rondure Reader Magnet, you have a cheat sheet in the back of the text that gives you a look into the Five Worlds. Today’s Story of the Five Worlds will expand upon that cheat sheet and it’s exclusive content only if you’re a member of the Readers Republic.
In Wind Master, you’re getting your first introduction to the Five Worlds, unless you read the Chronicles of Rondure magnet, which introduces you to the World of Rondure. If not, then Wind Master is where you will accompany our characters when they step foot into other worlds. And in Wind Master, we enter four of the Five Worlds, but I may come out with a short that involves Erno Kakko’s journey to World #5.
I’m going to be a little vague with the Five Worlds in today’s post, and this is merely because Wind Master (available February 2022) reveals a lot of information about them. Ditto for Tarja Titan – Book I in the Terrian Chronicles. Anyway, let’s get to it.
In the Elementals Universe, Human Life Began On…
Nope, not via evolution, if you’re rather scientific in your approach to life as I am – though I dig the story of Diana and Lucifer! Or, if you’re a traditional Christian, you would take the Garden of Eden approach here. But enough philosophy for one day – human life began in the World of Eidolon in the Elementals Universe.
What and where is the World of Eidolon?
Honestly, I’m not an outliner, so I’m unsure if Eidolon is in the Milky Way Galaxy or set in a parallel universe. But maybe one day I’ll write enough content to where I eventually figure out Eidolon’s location!
Anyway, here’s what I know about life as it pertains to the Elementals Universe.
So way, way, way back when, about a million years into the past, every human being in Eidolon descended from the goddess Trinity, and the god Stoicheia. That said, each possessed elemental ability.
In those days, ancient archways sprang up all over Eidolon, and given natural human curiosity, elementals walked into and through the archways, which led to other worlds – Terrene, Catenary, Terra (Earth), and Rondure. These elementals entwined with creatures in their image in these worlds that DID NOT possess elemental ability, which explains how non-elementals eventually made it to Eidolon.
And eventually, each of the Five Worlds saw a mixture of elementals and non-elementals.
How the Archways Work
There are four classical elements, four niche elements, and one element that links them together. Our classical elements are earth, fire, water, and air (wind), while the niches are metal, blood, forest (wood), and vape (smoke).
Spirit links the four classical and four niche elements, and therefore, before elementals migrated into the other worlds, the number of archways present in, corresponded with the number of spirit elementals present on Eidolon.
However, archways also existed in the other four of the Five Worlds, even if they did not contain spirit elementals.
Here, the number of archways present corresponded with their peoples’ relationships with their higher, and spiritual selves. The more people built their connection with the Higher Powers, the more archways between their respective world and Eidolon.
As spirit elementals migrated between the Five Worlds, and non-elementals native to the other four worlds also migrated, the number of archways naturally grew. As writing systems developed, ancient peoples in these Five Worlds wrote extensively about the archways, and how they led to other places throughout the universe.
The dawn of recorded civilization was the high watermark for the number of archways present and even more that sprung up in the Five Worlds. But given the cunning nature of some of the most powerful elementals (and non-elementals) present in the Five Worlds, disaster, eventually, would strike.
Power Grabs, Censorship, and Prejudice
Not long after recorded history began, the most powerful elementals in each of the Five Worlds wished for nothing more than to eventually control the archways. As they who controlled them would, in turn, control trillions of people. These elementals laid out their plans by allying with one another across global networks, building militaries, setting up military outposts near the archways, and eventually building over them.
To justify these actions, they reasoned that those living in other portions of their respective worlds wished to gain control of the archways for themselves, along with the regions in which their people lived, and even their natural resources on which they survived. It did not take long for the people to rally behind their Elemental Master leaders.
And soon after, these Elemental Masters and their henchmen and women took to provoking those they were propagating against. Eventually, their provoked victims, mainly elementals with no political power, attacked, allowing these Elemental Masters to rile up fear and hatred against their alleged “attackers.” Much like during an NFL game, where a dirty player shoves an opponent, only for the opponent to retaliate. Oftentimes, the latter is flagged with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, even if he was not the aggressor.
This endless cycle of provoking and perpetuating war allowed Elemental Masters in each of the Five Worlds to seize power and, in turn, empire-build, with Eidolon leading the charge. Eidolon’s Elemental Masters continually targeted their own breed, the elementals regardless of elemental ability. They already realized the non-elementals would never threaten their power, but elementals could, and they marked them as such.
This coaxed non-elementals into demanding strict oversight of all elementals that did not serve their governments or military in a particular capacity. It stirred prejudiced feelings toward elementals on Eidolon, while the other four worlds dealt with elementals in similar ways.
Fate of the Elementals
In the Five Worlds, elemental populations and even entire elemental societies diminished. Elemental Masters, most of whom now ruled every civilized society in the Five Worlds, used those elementals and Elemental Masters loyal to them, along with armies worth of non-elementals, to systemically cleanse their worlds of any dissenting elemental or Elemental Master.
The spirit elementals were in particular danger, since they were the only known elementals to not contain a weakness toward another element. For example, fire elementals are strong against earth, but weak against wind and water, and so on. That said, the spirit elemental population diminished substantially in every single one of the Five Worlds, with Rnndure, Catenary, Terra, and Terrene copying Eidolon’s blueprint.
Also during this time, Elemental Masters created and mandated doctrines intended to drive the non-elemental populations away from their spiritual connections, those connections having stemmed also from Trinity and Stoicheia. Of course, this led to a diminished number of archways linking the Five Worlds.
Exactly what the Ruling Classes of Elemental Masters wanted. This gave them full control of the archways while at the same time, it allowed them to limit the number of archways in each world, which would, over time, limit knowledge of these archways into the hands of the few. The Ruling Class, that is.
On Eidolon, rising global powers relegated elementals to second-class citizens. For more on this, check out my Story of Eidolon’s Tamurian Empire.
Rondure had another idea – superpowers would Cull, or conscript elementals into their militaries the second they displayed elemental ability. Rondure’s history is one of the bloodiest during ancient times for this reason. And you get an idea of what life is like on it during modern times in Chronicles of Rondure.
Terra’s elementals fled into the forests, mountains, remote islands, deserts, and other secluded landscapes. As you will see in the Terrian Chronicles, such an exodus continues to this day and it ensured the survival of Terra’s Elementals (the Terrians capitalize the E regardless if they refer to elementals or Elemental Masters).
Terrene’s elemental population actually managed to stalemate with their own Elemental Master ruling class. However, Eidolon would later step in, as you will discover in Wind Master.
Catenary is perhaps the most advanced of the Five Worlds. Their Elemental Ruling Class had created an Orwellian Society where multiple superpowers are fighting a perpetual war with one another for a secluded stretch of land.
In Catenary, non-elementals, or Baseborns, as they call them in the world, are all global civilians. Much like in Rondure, while elementals handle all the fighting. Difference is, it’s ONLY the elementals doing the fighting. Yet they’re still trained in Baseborn weaponry, one character in Wind Master discovers.
Catenary will be featured mainly in the Lost World Chronicles (release date TBA).
The Five Worlds in the Elementals Universe
So far, we know that Elementals of Nordica takes place in the World of Eidolon, while Chronicles of Rondure obviously takes place on Rondure. As of the time of this writing, and unless otherwise noted, they are the only series to be set on Eidolon and Rondure. Though you will see a couple of crossovers as our main characters discover the Five Worlds.
The Terrian Chronicles will have at least three if not more series in it. Since it takes place on Terra (Earth), I’m guessing it will draw the most interest. And as noted the Lost World Chronicles will give us a look at the World of Catenary, and it may even slip into Terrene if the latter does not get its own series. And it very well may.
Thank you so much for reading this in-depth look at the Five Worlds, and there is so much more to come, so stay tuned!
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