So you really probably have seen this before but… uh… picture this, a very tall and thick tree… just the tree and no soil. Can you see it, with all of its roots spread out? Now picture it reversed with the apex of the tree now at the bottom and the base, the roots, at the top.
That is the Verse.
Let us begin with the Root of Origin. Long ago, before the Verse even existed, there was a world where all of the most powerful Beings existed. That world was the origin of all of the things that made up the universe. It was a Singularity. There was some kind of supernatural event that led to its destruction. It also led to the creation of the Root of Origin. Emerging from the remnants of this destroyed singularity were the eleven Supreme Beings who would eventually mold the Verse into existence.
The first of the eleven was Lord Reax, the Supreme Being of Creation. If there was creation, then there must be an opposite to it called destruction. That title, Supreme Being of Destruction, would go to Lord Xaos. Along with them was the Supreme Being of Destiny and his name was Lord Exyd. These three Beings would eventually join together to rule over the Eastern Verse.
The next set of Supreme Beings would also join together to rule over the Western Verse. They were Lady Naxo the Supreme Being of Life, her counterpart Lord Voix the Supreme Being of Death, andLord Xpir the Supreme Being of Essence.
There was one Supreme Being who chose to become the arbiter, the equal ground for all of them and his name was Lord Exal the Supreme Being of Balance.
Finally, the Big Four. These Supreme Beings were said to be the most powerful and most intellectual of the eleven. Three of them separated themselves from the Verse while the other one remained. Lady Waxe the Supreme Being of Reality remained to rule over the Central Verse. The other three created the Sleep Verse beyond the Root of Origins. It was said that the Sleep Verse was as big as the Eastern, Western and Central Verse combined. The three rulers of Sleep Verse were Lady Xemp the Supreme Being of Time, his identical twin brother Lord Axil the Supreme Being of Space, and finally the fraternal twin of reality… Lord Xeel the Supreme Being of Fantasy.
The length of the trunk was said to have been the passage of time while the thickness of trunk was said to have been the expansion of space. The three main branches that erupted from the trunk were the three main realities of the Verse.
The Eastern Verse depicted the reality of the belief and existence of either of the three rulers. In our world, we believe in Lord Reax as God the Creator. Some other worlds or universes, for that matter, would hail Lord Xaos as their only God while some others would only hail Lord Exyd as the only God in existence. They all hid the fact that others existed and the most selfish of them all is Lord Reax for he wanted that thou shall not have other gods before Him.
The Western Verse had a different approach to their own reality. They wanted their mortals to believe that the three of them, LIFE, DEATH, and ESSENCE, were the Prime Supreme Beings of their worlds. At least, they weren’t as selfish as the Supreme Beings of the Eastern Verse.
The Central Verse is the true universe. Unlike the Eastern and the Western with their multiverse, Central Verse followed a straight line… one universe where all of the Supreme Beings are worshipped… equally. However… since Lady Waxe was the progenitor of this world, she tended to be the more popular one and the most worshipped one of all.
The Sleep Verse, mythical and mysterious, was unlike any other. At its crust dwelt the dreams of all of the gods and the mortals alive… sometimes dead. It also contained the pool of common knowledge that anyone can tap into. In our world, the Eastern Verse, it is called the Akashic Records while in the Western Verse, it is called the Donovean Library. In the Central Verse, it is just known as the Ocean of Omniscience.
Quintessence, also known as the Essential Verse or the Essence Verse, is the dwelling place of Lord Xpir (Homosexual Supreme Being) and his creations.
Now, let us proceed with the main topic…
Essence, also known as the Spirit, the Core, and the Heart... that which gives meaning to life. It is not the soul which is necessary for life. Even when a mortal has that SOUL inside, without essence... the mortal becomes an empty shell existing for nothing. Our father, Lord Xpir, created us pure and perfect. He doesn’t want us to soil our bodies and so he never gave us body parts for procreation. He never even gave us genders, but we know who among us are males and females... not by choice, but by physical attributes that define which is which. He also forbade us to have relationships with our fellow Essential Beings. Yes, we are called Essential Beings. Each of us embodies one single essence... positive essences like Compassion, negative essences like Murder, and neutral essences like Happiness. As for me, I, Gazbleir Celxion, dark master, am the Essential Being of Courage.
Essential Beings like us live forever, we have a core inside of us that fuels our immortality. We also grow old to a certain point called the age of perpetuity which is twenty-five years old. We might embody those powerful essences within our cores, but we are never those essences. I might be Courage, but I am not courageous all of the time. We were also gifted with unique abilities with my ability being the oddball called Heirloom. Aside from that, we actually live in peace and unity with the lesser ones that Lord Xpir also made to support us and called them Essence Beings. The Essence Beings are those under us. For me, they can’t be called lesser gods for Lord Xpir gave them something that they did not wish to have, mortality. Every century, they succumb to old age.
However, the thing that Lord Xpir gave them that we would’ve wished to have was the capability of having relationships, families, and children of their own. Even so, we work together to deliver the essences to the mortals of the Verse. During those work times, we often accompany our fellow essence beings with us. Those dedicated to delivering the essence of courage work under me. I always treated them as equals. They might be different in terms of physical features and colors, but I see them as families of my own. Fun fact, the colors of essential beings range from the palest purple flesh to the lightest mortal skin to the darkest of brown mortal skin color. Essential beings have it different, from their color ranging from the lightest of greens to the darkest of blues.
I’ve had my share of births and deaths from my followers throughout the span of eternity. I’ve also experienced a lot of positive and negative events like contests, performances, brutal accidents, murders, and wars. Most of the essential beings became sick of experiencing and reliving those traumatic memories and that they decided to ask Lord Xpir to device a way for them to reset themselves, both memories and personalities but the experiences would have to remain. Some of us, like me, hated the idea of having to wipe out all memories and personalities, but Lord Xpir loved his perfect creation so much that he created the Rebirth System, the mistake that broke us apart.
I’ve had my share of issues that I brought up also during the time that they were bringing this up. That time, I was in love with another essential being. She, Dizane Lamx, the ice queen, was the Essential Being of Fear, quite the opposite of my essence. Along with others, I fought for the right to have the relationship ban lifted. He did lift the ban but in doing so, he never saw us the same again. To his eyes, we were still perfect but no longer were we pure.
When the Rebirth System came about, those who wanted a soft reset of their lives had their taste of becoming young again. For mortals and essence beings, it would take nine months to give birth. Lord Xpir, being the Supreme Being that he was, made it a century. The system turns the essential beings into newborns in the body of three-year-olds. They look like toddlers going to preschool age but technically they are newborns. With such innocent minds, what could go wrong? The answer is everything… The followers of the essential beings who underwent the system took the liberty in taking care of the children… some of them to care for them in the worst ways I could ever imagine.
A group of essence beings who secretly wanted to overthrow us, cooked up their vilest and cruelest plans ever… corrupting the essential children. As a result, it sparked internal warfare against essential beings. The leader of the side of the corruption was the essential being of Trauma, Azalan Ixiden. Falling into their trap, Lord Xpir also suffered greatly in the war as he was put to traumatizing events caused by the leader herself.
Essence Beings and Essential Beings chose their sides of the war. It lasted for two years… until it ended with us being the victors… the side of the good. Sadly, we had to pay the ultimate price. I had to kill the essence beings and even the corrupted essential beings. I was the one who played the major part of the war because I slew the essential being of Trauma.
My beloved, she saved me in order for me to live when I was about to be killed. I told her to leave and get us some backup, but she… *tears drop* …went all the trouble just to push me from the incoming attack. The attack that could’ve ended my life… she took it.
I’m so sorry… for not listening… Gazbleir,” she had multiple holes on her chest, but she bothered to talk to me, my lover, until the last breath. “I love you…“
“DIZANE!!!” I yelled in anguish.
As she, the Essential Being of Fear, dispersed into sapphire-colored glitters of light, my unique ability called the Heirloom activated granting me her core, her memories, her personality and her power of frost to me. It turned me into an overpowered essential being full of my own power which is darkness and her power which was frost. Sensing their defeat, the three leaders of the rebellion dropped their weapons and surrendered to let the mastermind escape.
“This was not part of my calculations,” the corrupted Essential Being of Dreams dropped to her knees and put her hands behind her head. “Your power is off the charts.”
The corrupted Essential Being of Pain did the same and just stared at him. “He’s going to kill us…”
“The shot was not meant for my sister Dizane,” the corrupted Essential Being of Trauma knelt down and wept. “We deserve to die…”
“No, you don’t deserve to die. The ones that deserve to die are your memories of this life and the corrupted personality that you have. Dizane, with our combined powers, I will make sure to end this war for good!”
With a strike, a mixed of darkness and ice burst out of the field. When I opened my eyes, the invulnerable cores of the three corrupted warlords were the only ones left on the field. As the strongest Essential Being, I made sure that all corrupted Essential Beings were killed. I became the leader and the hero not for popularity and fame, but because I wanted it to end. I lost my beloved because of this and so… this is it.
When the war ended, they’ve gathered the cores of all of the fallen Essential Beings. They banished the rebels and marked them as defects. They also decided to do a screening on everybody in order to rule out any moles, and double agents. This was all done to prevent another war in the future. For once, Xpir desired for perfection. The rest of us surviving Essential Beings decided to create a complex system and headquarters called the ESSENTIAL CORE. Of course, Xpir was still the leader, but because of the trauma he had undergone during the war, he decided to close his doors to fully recover. He left us Essential Beings special presents so that in his absence, we can protect the Essential Core from the defects. Robax Zensi the essential being of Counsel took charge in keeping the cores of the fallen Essential Beings for he wanted to guide the previous rebels in their growth and development. However, he decided to give each one of us Essential Beings, four cores to take good care of. I was given the cores of my beloved Fear, her killer Trauma, Cowardice, and Sloth.
Ninety-eight years later
Green Kayak Squad Headquarters
“How is he doing?” I asked Maozter, the Essential Being of Happiness.
“The happiness therapy I am giving Lord Xpir is gradually working,” she patted my shoulder. “You should go visit him while I tend to my kids.”
“Your kids,” I raised my eyebrows. “You mean the reincarnated ones…”
“You’ll understand when you have yours,” Maozter grinned. “By the way, Lord Xpir requests that he should be called Lady Ezen.”
“I think I don’t feel like visiting our delusional parent,” I just decided to leave. “He’s becoming gayer everyday…”
“He’s always gay.” Maozter chuckled, “I am proud that he’s our father… and our mother at the same time.”
“Yeah,” I nodded, “when we were still kids. Which reminds me… today is supposed to be their reviving day, the fallen ones that I got.”
“About that,” Maozter gave me a comforting smile. “I want you to be strong. She won’t remember you and your past with her. She’ll be different…”
“I know,” I sighed. “The Dizane I once knew and loved is gone. I suppose… the new Dizane will be much more like a daughter to me.”
“What about her murderer? I know you have the Trauma core as well.”
“I’ll make sure she doesn’t end up becoming what she used to be.”
“Are you sure you won’t be visiting Xpir?”
“I might… if he mans up.”
“You know it will never happen, Gazbleir.”
“It’s nice to see you again Maozter…”
“The color scheme Lord Xpir chose for us never makes sense,” Yxede Cazgat, the Essential Being of Leadership, whined about being color orange. “At least our father didn’t have to change the color of your hair.”
“You’re still unable to get over with the color scheme,” I laughed. “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen each other.”
“How are you doing? It must be tough.”
“At first it did,” I sighed. “I just had to involve myself with my Essence Beings to distribute courage and fear to the mortals.”
“Well brother,” Yxede patted my back, “if you need help, you know where to find us.”
“I’ll keep that in mind…” I acknowledged him and bid him farewell. “I need to hurry back today because they will be resurrected today.”
“I hope you don’t resort to pedophilia,” he laughed.
“I’m not like you,” I grinned and headed off.
Black Rare Squad HQ
Routinely, the Essence Beings gathered to greet their captain, me, at the gate. The population of my squad comprised mainly of Courage. Some members were from Fear, some were the remaining members of Trauma, the remaining members of Cowardice, and the remaining members of Sloth.
“Who hatched first?”