See also Category:Universes
Term used to refer to a ‘discreet pocket’ of existence as defined by the borders of the Omniverse, specifically the formations as set forth by the Omniversal Chain. Universes are structures comprised of Space and Time along a standard continuum. Within most universes the dimensional aspects of both of these Foundational Forces remain a constant, though in specific regions there could be distortions caused by localized phenomenon, such as Gravity Wells, Spatial-Temporal Distortions and other types of Sub-Space and Super-Space phenomena.
Moreover Universes are normally defined by an overarching set of physical laws which remain constant. These include various things such as the speed of light, energy-mass ratio and background cosmic radiation levels. Many of these defining parameters vary along quite an extensive spectrum from one universe to another. Likewise entire sets of physical laws that operate in one universe providing it its defining nature, might be non-applicable or inverted in another universe.
Most universes form a spatial-temporal reality dominated by substance, but not all. It is known there are universes that are primarily composed of energy, and others that exist on levels that defy explanation, but these are the exceptions to the rule.
Universes also defy other standard, or commonly perceived 'laws of physics' as well. For example, from the level of the Omniverse, all universes are finite, contained within a defined space as set off by the Omniversal Chain. Yet from within any given universe they appear, by all known and practical means, to be unlimited in size, with no recorded incident ever occurring of encounters with defined borders.
While universes in general are discreet, stand alone pockets of existence, they do also co-exist on multiple levels with other universes. Many are referred to as parallel universes due to a shared set of physical laws, operational conditions of various foundational forces, to even remarkably similar timelines and almost mirror-like reflection of worlds, cultures and even individuals. Many such universes are more bound together than others, allowing for easier movement from one to another.
It is also known that there are any number of ways of piercing a given universes' continuum and entering another. Several natural phenomenon are capable of such, from various forms of singularities, to various dimensions or planes. Finally, a number of species and individuals have developed artificial methods of moving from one universe to another through various trans-universal means.
See individual universe entries for more specific information.
- Wikipedia Article on Universe