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A Cosmology and Thesis on the Void

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A Cosmology and Thesis on the Void

 

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The most common way of representing the planes of creation has been using the Cross of Lorraine. The Seven Skies above the top bar, the mortal realm in between, and the Void below. While this is a simple and instructive way of demonstrating the middle ground our world occupies between the glory of the Skies and the nothingness of the Void, I don’t think it’s the most accurate representation one could give.

 

I would describe Creation as a series of concentric circles. At the centre is Our Lord God Himself, Whom all of Creation surrounds, and then around Him are the rest of the Seven Skies in descending order, then the mortal realm, and then farthest from Him is the Void. 

 

Gospel 1:4:

4 That which was farthest from the Lord became the Void, and that which was nearest became the Skies, and betwixt them was the World. 5 And GOD saw that it was good.’

 

Out of God the Holy Light, or otherwise termed the Emanations of Glory(Gospel 1:17), proceeds forth as the glow of a flame. This light is felt strongest in the Skies, where souls are in true union with God. The light is weaker but still strong in the mortal world, where we feel God’s glory and enjoy His graces, but are still separated from Him by sin. As this light approaches the Void, to which Iblees fled to escape the Emanations of Glory, it’s naught but the faintest of flickers. God’s Holy Light still shines here, however dimly, as nothing can exist without its suffusion, but the damned in the Void cannot feel God’s presence, and suffer greatly for the absence of it.

 

Et Principia Ecclesiae Dogma:

The Holy Light

The Holy Light is the light and wellhead of the creator that interacts with the mortal realm. It suffuses all things and is the most essential and timeless aspect of the Creator; also termed the Godhead, it reflects the infinite will of the Creator and his influence over the mortal world. It exists in all creation, though its strength is empowered by one's spiritual proximity to the Allfather.’
 

The Void itself, being what is not, is not illuminated by even the faintest glimmer of God’s Light. God’s Holy Light is everywhere, but the Void is not a where. The Void is everything which does not exist; it is the absence of existence. The question then is, how can the damned and Iblees exist in a place which is defined by being the absence of existence? I resolve it as follows:

 

When Iblees fled God, he didn’t truly enter the Void in a completely literal sense, as what is in the Void is not - a contradiction. If something exists in the Void, it ceases to be part of the Void, as to exist is to be. Therefore I contend that Iblees did not enter the Void per se, but that he carved his own realm out of the Void. His realm, the Nether, comes from the Void, is not part of Creation proper, and God’s grace is almost(but not quite) non-existent here, so it can be said to be part of the Void in a sense. Iblees did indeed flee into the Void as Gospel describes, but just as the horizon recedes before us as we run towards it, so too did the Void for Iblees. His act of fleeing into the Void is what carved the Nether out of it. 

 

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The Nether as depicted by Huron Silverblade, Champion of Oren.

 

This is central to the temptation of Iblees. Iblees wished to be God’s equal and he devised to do this by becoming the god of his own creation. Creating the Nether was his great act of rebellion and his attempt to usurp God’s rightful place. When we speak of voidal mages being tempted by the Void like Iblees, this refers to the fact that they too seek to play God by creating something from nothing, in however small a way.
 

Et Principia Ecclesiae Dogma:

‘The Ministry of GOD finds that to touch the void is to tempt the same corruption of the Arch Daemon Iblees, and is supremely dangerous.’

 

I hold that what we commonly call the Void is an unstable, porous, ever fluctuating mesh that sits at the border between Creation proper and the true Void. In this mesh are innumerable Daemonic realms, such as the Nether, carved out of the Void. These realms are imitations and mockeries of God’s creation and they are inherently unstable. While the Seven Skies constantly expand as new souls enter them, and the mortal realm stays stable as souls enter and leave, the Voidal Realms constantly contract as the true Void eats away at them. The faint glimmer of God’s glory is too weakly felt here to sustain these pseudo-realms, and so by entropy they slowly erode away into the vast nothingness that surrounds them. To prevent the total destruction of their realms, the evil Daemons of the Void steal from the mortal realm regularly. How many continents have we abandoned after Daemonic or otherwise Voidal forces tore them into the abyss? What do the Inferni seek to do now? The purpose of these attacks were and are primarily to sustain the otherwise decaying Voidal Realms.


 

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‘The Fall of Aegis’ - Rio Therving, c. 1380.

 

As for the damned, I hold that they get sent to the Voidal Realm of the Daemon they served. For the majority of the damned, this is the Nether, for to sin is to be in service of the first sinner, Iblees. However, there are those who have sold their souls to other malicious Daemons, such as Azdromoth, and they are damned to the realms of those Daemons instead. While these realms may vary in nature, the punishment and suffering are the same, as the primary pain of damnation is the loss of God’s presence and graces. 

 

At the end of days, these souls will serve in the armies of their Daemonic overlords against the Lord. Upon their defeat, they shall be destroyed entirely, their realms cleansed and given over to the virtuous orcs to do so as they please. At this time the Voidal Realms will be purified by the Waters of Gamesh, and no longer will they be almost entirely devoid of God’s presence. Instead, God’s Holy Light will finally suffuse all things equally, for sin will no longer push anything away from Him, and all the virtuous shall enjoy His presence in a perfected Creation. 

 

Auspice 3:9-10, 3:13:

9 And now, the waters of Gamesh spill even into the Void, so the ash of sin is mingled with them, and the World is born again. 10 And no place is forbidden to those perfected in the eyes of God, for the wicked are vanquished forever.

13 Thus the good sons of Krug are given the Void, and it is made to serve them, and they hone their strength eternally.’

 

- Fr. Ailred Barclay.

 

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The High Pontiff reviews the thesis favorably to Johan Cardinal Aquila, “This is an issue that has often been raised, and the provided answers not always satisfactory. Father Ailred has, to my mind, successfully settled the matter--this is an excellent application of reason to Scripture. He is a rising star in the priesthood.”

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