The Locksmith and The Watchmaker
A Question of Ethics
While the keymakers, make them out to be morally firm and without fault, this couldn't be further from the truth. They routinely delved into research and experiments that would be considered unethical at best. The creation of The Imbued is a prime example.
The imbued are a race of Living Dead who are mindless until the Aether they are required to consume restores lost memories and sentience. Some are eons old and live out their lives in silence servitude due to the fear of a second death.
They made a plan and it took agonizing months to reach his conclusion. Every night he would study the machine and she would attempt to build it. But the universe is cruel, and made it a goal to impede their progress. Failed attempts in strange creatures both force them to postpone their meeting but on that fateful night it was their own colleagues that threatened their quest. She was terrified. Was it really her lot in life to know of him but never meet him?
He turned from the screen, she heard the sound of a woman shouting. He ran to the machine and it activated. It wasn't ready... His famous last words: I'll see you soon.
While many do not fully understand who they were, The Locksmith and The Watchmaker, have a long lasting legacy. Keymakers are a direct result of their influence as they practically worship their research as gospel using it to further their own understandings of the blue cities and the beings that built them. The two held many seminars and lectures at places of Education across the globe and that education was passed down from generation to generation.
The aristocracy in the British Empire we're not particularly fond of their teachings. They always emphasized equality, something that the empire actively rejects. They also emphasize the need for scientific progress and social progress which also goes against the ways of many leaders in the world, especially among The Pauper Kings
The look of shock and horror on her face as she screamed in a final useless cry, an inconsequential act of defiance as he disappeared forever. She fell to the ground in tears. The wailing overpowered the shouting.
She must be an idiot. She can't play with these powers and expect anything good to come from it. He burst in a flash of blue light, atomized to basic fundamental particles. Is that all we are?
She felt arms around her, forcing her up to her feet despite the flailing. She stopped as she saw the other scientists. Each one stood in a line at the threshold of the room. Why were they crying?
She was held through the sobbing by strong arms, no... his arms. She looked up. It was hard to see in the darkness but she knew.
"Jules?" she asked, holding on to what hope she could muster.
The response sounded just as hopeful, but it wasn't a question. It was an answer to the what she asked, an acknowledgement. It was a confident statement, seasoned with a pinch of triumph. He spoke their name in reply through a smile.
A Personal SubjectA strange document was recovered by researchers who entered a blue City off the coast of Iceland. It detailed research pertaining to the effects of meeting yourself from an alternate reality. The term quantum twin and soulmate are often used in the document. Quantum twins are individuals who occupy the same space in alternate realities. There the exact same person but alternate versions of the other. A solemate, according to the research, is one who is a Quantum twin, but it's different enough to be considered an opposite.
SoulmatesOne may have a classical mind while the other is a hopeless romantic for example and their genders are always in line with their sexuality. A heterosexual will always have a soulmate that is an opposite gender and a homosexual will always have a soulmate that is the same gender. The document does not go into detail on how gender is different from biological sex and likely does not distinguish the two. It does however specify that the soulmate will always fall in line with what the other is attracted to and vice versa.
If two soulmates meet they become entangled and encounter intense emotional attachment almost instantly. Those around when they meet often experience intense emotions themselves. The two are also linked in life and cannot die so long as the other is present and not in a life-threatening situation that results in death.
There are two kinds of quantum twins.
- Identical: Identical quantum twins are a complete mirror image of one another. Every blemish and scar is the same. This doesn't necessarily mean that they are genetically the same, but the random factors created identical images. The two may have different names and different lives. The looks must be remarkable similar but they don't have to be exact.
- Particle: Particle quantum twins are not limited by looks at all. They can appear and behave very different from one another. The key factor is that they are made of the mirror particles in their respective realities.This tends to grow romantic attachments more often but familial attachments occur just as often. The attachment is not defined by either kind of twin.