Anything but Mundane (13 Realms of Eternity explained)
Retired Evil Mastermind
Innocent or not, they’re the most prevalent species on Earth.
Earth as we know it is our reality, but we humans escape into fiction and fantasy, able to forget our reality for a time as we immerse ourselves in stories. In the 13 Realms of Eternity, a fictional rendition of our world exists within the realm of Illusion. There are many like it, given the nature of the chapters of time, but I’d rather not get ahead of ourselves. For now, I’ll stay focused on the setting of my current book and those next on my agenda.
From the perspective of the Mundanes, the most numerous species by far, claiming over 99% of the world population, the world is dominated by humans. To the innocent mundane, there are no supernatural forces in existence or strange species walking among them. Science, nature, and for some faith are the foundations that establish their understanding of the world. The innocent mundane minds are not nearly as meek as they appear to be, compared to the monsters mingling among the masses, hailing from other stranger species. The aspect of Illusion established a reactive psionic network embedded within the innocent mundanes, although they remain oblivious of its existence. When an innocent personally perceives something they identify as supernatural, a pocket dimension is created and they rapidly refute the unnatural force or entity. If unchallenged, they rewrite the event into something they can believe as plausible, consequences follow as determined by the changes made by the mundane.
There is another type of entity with this sort of tremendous power aside the innocents, but deities cannot currently walk the Earth. If one were to challenge the will of a deity, the defiant party would be hard pressed to incapacitate or force the editor of reality to yield. It is considerably easier to defy an innocent mundane, but there is a limited time to accomplish this rebellion. Additionally, the more innocent witnesses present, the stronger their collaborative consensus and the smaller the window of time to defy their judgement.
The stranger creatures of the world know well that innocence is bliss only for the innocent, and often causes all others to anguish. Cunning and discrete entities know well not to reveal their otherness among the masses, as they would surely be censored and simultaneously their power might draw unwanted attention from those like themselves. Masters of deception and illusion are common among the strange beings mixed in among humanity, but we’ll touch base with them more in another post.
Innocence doesn’t last forever, and if a mundane chooses to believe in the supernatural, or encounters it incidentally enough times throughout their lives, it is possible to shed. Power is lost, the connection to the Dimension of Consensus (their supernatural negation ability) is severed, and most of the dangerous creatures of the world would no longer have cause to be concerned by an awakened individual. It is possible for those without innocence, often simply called mundane people, to learn how to wield supernatural gifts of their own and develop their talents, but few will ever approach the incredible power they lost and were never truly aware of.
There is more to the Mundanes, as with all species in the 13 Realms of Eternity, but hopefully this brief insight and distinction is both entertaining and hints at why the world seems so very ordinary to most of us. Do you believe in magic and monsters?