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Aether

"So tell me about this aether, what kind of place does it look like?"   "Well here's the thing, it's not a single place like a city or forest. And you don't really walk into it, it's like another layer of reality. It's always been everywhere really..."     The Aether is a parallel plane of existence where subtle matter and spirits ultimately originate from. It occupies the same space as every objects as physical matter simply passes through everything that makes this alternate space.  

Role

    The Aether serves various purposes, the first is to provide an environment for spirits on the planet. It also serves as the gateway to other dimensions, known as spirit realms. A secondary effect of the Aether is to serve as the collective unconsciousness of all the beings that are living or have lived on the planet. Primitive life developed a universal unconsciousness which only grew stronger with the arrival of animals with complex thoughts, especially sapients with their capacity for cognitive processes like abstraction.    

History

  So far it is thought that in the earliest days of Kaf, the mana of the planet and the weak psychic emanations of the living things of the world caused the trillion of subtle particles that pass through to gradually coalesce into the Aether.   Once this took place, the variety of spirit lifeforms on the planet began to flourish. Later on, a special class of spirits known as deities used the Aether as a gateway to create their own separate spirit realms like Godrealms, Afterlives, and Otherworlds. This lead to the creation of various isolated places for spirits to live separate from the Aether and corporeal beings. Godrealms generally served as the dwelling places of divinities and their consorts, afterlives were where the consciousness of the departed ended up, and Otherworlds were made for other spirits and sometimes other creatures to inhabit.   Ghulat Wars changed this dynamic as battles were being waged in these alternate worlds as well. Due to the conflict, most of these spirit realms or the link to them through the Aether was lost. For most beings afterwards, the Aether is the only real spirit realm left.

Geography

If the physical plane is full of the everyday atomic matter we can touch, then the Aether is the spiritual plane, made up of a substance that is intangible to normal matter yet tangible to spirits. It coexists as a parallel layer of the Material Plane, its structures and beings roam the same space as the physical beings but without being noticed or touched by them. It is possible to see into the physical plane from the Aether, however, it has a faded hue to it. Although it occupies the same space, it as if the Aether doesn't exist since it can't be perceived with most of the physical senses like sight, hearing, or touch.  

Access

  he Aether is natural plane of existence for spirits, as intangible subtle matter like teleplasm exists there by default. Although many spirits can manifest a physical form to exist in the material plane, they can dispel or exit this construct to return to the Aether.   For corporeal beings made of molecules, the only way to "enter" the Aether, is by the body becoming composed of subtle matter or have the same properties as it. There are a few spells and rituals that can make this happen such as astral projection.   Corporeals with ESP can also perceive the Aether around them and the beings within it, also this usually doesn't come with touching on its own.      

Properties

  Micro Gravity: Travel in the Aether is accomplished by force of will—you wish to go somewhere and you do, it also detemines speed. There is a sense of up and down but gravity's pull is barely felt, allowing free movement (in most cases) in any direction through the solid matter of the material plane. Objects released from possession would only very slowly fall where they were dropped; it's extremely difficult to fall in the Aether.     Normal Time: Time passes the same rate as the Material Plane.   Akashic Magic: Spells and abilities work as usual but most do not affect the Material Plane. Psychokinetic force seems to be the exception though it requires a significant amount at one time to have a real effect.

Fauna & Flora

Spirits are the major inhabitants of the Aether
Alternative Name(s)
Soul of the World, Barzakh, Akasha, Astral Plane
Type
Dimensional plane
Location under
Kaf

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