Manifold Sky

The Manifold Sky is a multiverse with an unusual, non-euclidean geometry. The whole Manifold is a penteract, a five-dimensional cube, with all five spacial dimensions measuring roughly 50 miles in length.

Geography

The space within the Manifold Sky is actually a series of three-dimensional cubes, all of which are coterminous with other cubes to form tesseracts (four-dimensional cubes these tesseracts are, in turn, coterminous with other tesseracts to form a penteract (five-dimensional cube). The Manifold contains ten tesseracts subdivided into a total of 40 cubes, with each cube subdivided into two layers, each layer being "adjacent" to a different tesseract while still representing a part of the same cube.   Gravity has a much shorter effective range within Manifold Sky. Within each three-dimensional cube, the direction of gravity points towards the nearest face; in areas close to the junction of two or more faces (i.e. the vertices of the cube), the vector of gravity is the sum of those of the adjacent spaces (i.e. "down" points towards the corner near the vertices), meaning that mountain ridges tend to form along the edges and peaks near the vertices.   In the center of each face of a cube layer, a large fissure in the ground allows access to adjacent cube layers within the same tesseract. These terrain features are known as commissures. Conversely, as a traveler approaches the geometric "center" of the cube, directly between the layers of the cube, they approach an inflection layer; once crossed, the traveler finds themselves descending into a cube layer within a different tesseract, with the cube layer they just left receding into the "center" of this new cube layer as they travel away from it.
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The Curved Time

... 0 CT

Sentient beings live on spherical planets. The events of The Sealed Kingdoms, The Fortress of Salt, Saloonpunk, Twelve Sides, and Kit's Crater occur. The peoples of the Manifold have not yet been gathered together.

  • -10000 CT


    The Curved Time
    Celestial

    All cultures within the Manifold have a shared memory of a semi-mythical time before the Manifold was created. In this time, the lands curved away in all directions, the world was not enclosed, and the fundamental laws of nature were different. Somehow, sentient creatures were involuntarily shifted into the Manifold by an external power.

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    Celestial Realms
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  • 0 CT

    1000 CT



    Native Ovinex Oral Traditions Begin
    Religious event

    Though the exact year is lost to history, somewhere between the end of Curved Time and 1000 years thereafter, the Native Ovinex begin to compile their ancestral memories into an oral tradition which persists into present day. This oral tradition serves as the basis for the unnamed Ovinex religion.

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Age of Evolution

0 CT 4000

Early Humanity, Rostrans, Verdials, and Ovinex appear within the Manifold at neolithic levels of development. Primitive technologies, including agriculture, stone tools, pottery, textiles, and language-based social organization are invented.

  • 0 AE

    1000 AE



    Native Ovinex Oral Traditions Begin
    Religious event

    Though the exact year is lost to history, somewhere between the end of Curved Time and 1000 years thereafter, the Native Ovinex begin to compile their ancestral memories into an oral tradition which persists into present day. This oral tradition serves as the basis for the unnamed Ovinex religion.

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  • 1100 AE

    1110 AE



    Ventral A Volcanic Erutption Causes Ecological Crisis
    Disaster / Destruction

    Ventral A cube explodes, causing massive outpourings of smoke, debris, and toxic gas into all adjacent cubes. The resulting loss of sunlight and disturbances in the natural course of circumvection cause mass extinction events, killing off the last remaining dinousaurs in the Manifold. Numerous ancient cultures begin to collapse during this time and are eventually lost to history.

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    Ventral Tesseract
  • 1200 AE


    Lepidosians Become Functionally Extinct
    Extinction

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    Eastern Tesseract
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  • 3300 AE


    The Armos Nonengu is Invented by Rostrans
    Artistic creation

    The armos nonengu, a form of combination string and precussion instrument improvised from a simple basket or broad wooden bowl, is invented by a Low Rostran tribesman near present-day Exivaun.

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  • 3900 AE

    4100 AE



    Beginning of Written History
    Cultural event

    Somewhere amongst the human tribes which will one day become the Voxel Kingdoms (the founding peoples of Voxelia), an artisan uses glyphs to record how many of which types of decorative wall covering he has created and to which cheiftan each piece of art belongs. This is the first known written account anywhere within the Manifold, though earlier accounts may remain undiscovered.

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Age of Civilization

4000 6400

Recorded History begins. Voxelians come to dominate all of Medial A1 and start conquering the rest of the cube. Rostrans encounter the Ovinex and subjugate them through warfare. Verdials acquire lichen symbiotes.

  • 4214 AC

    4216 AC



    The Unexpector Religion is Founded
    Religious event

    In Voxelia, Sokalyx the Learned pens a syncretic work, the Incunabula of the House of the Unexpected, which unifies several Voxelian folk religions involving gods of coincidence, irony, and misfortune, into a single religion. This religion is later spread throughout the Medial Tesseract by explorers.

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  • 4370 AC

    4420 AC



    The Verdial Race Fully Separates from Humanity
    Founding

    Enough of the humanoid population in Caudal D now possesses lichen symbiotes and chloroplasts in their cells that this new form of humanity, known as the Verdials, now breeds true and is in the majority among the local population. Over the course of several decades, all remaining Humans in Caudal D become Verdials through interbreeding.

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    Caudal Tesseract
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  • 4525 AC

    4550 AC



    Eosept Lengi Pens His Prophetic Dream Journal
    Religious event

  • 5000 AC


    The Rostran Island Militias Contain the Ovinex Island Tribes, Conquering Them
    Military action

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  • 5945 AC

    5955 AC



    First Traversal of a Commissure
    Discovery, Exploration

    A series of bold Voxelian climbers manage to cross a commissure for the first time, discovering that other cubes exist in the Medial Tesseract. This sparks a rush to produce traversable roads from one end of a commissure to the other, perilous projects which take years to complete and yield only narrow roads. Nevertheless, a great boom in exploration occurs. The Verdials make this discovery nearly 145 years later, and the Rostrans nearly 170 years after that.

  • 6117 AC


    The Kings of the Medial A Human Tribes Consolidate Power, Creating Voxelia
    Political event

    The leaders of the tribal bands of Medial A divvy up the land amongst themselves, push rival tribes into extinction or out of the cube, and elect the first Emperor of Voxelia. This marks the founding of Voxelia as an organized state while also creating the impetus for the first organized expeditionary missions to adjacent cubes.

  • 6164 AC


    The Navigator's Guild is Founded in Voxelia
    Founding

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Age of Exploration

5950 9800

Voxelians, Rostrans, and Verdials invent climbing tools good enough to scale down into the commissures. The species begin to explore their tesseracts, establishing far-flung outposts and then losing control of them. The ancestors of the Free Faces League, Commonwealth of C, and Craterhold become isolated in Medial C and band together. Primitive aerostat technology is developed by the Rostran Archipelago Confederacy, followed by Voxelia and the colonies which will become the Free Faces League

  • 6117 AX


    The Kings of the Medial A Human Tribes Consolidate Power, Creating Voxelia
    Political event

    The leaders of the tribal bands of Medial A divvy up the land amongst themselves, push rival tribes into extinction or out of the cube, and elect the first Emperor of Voxelia. This marks the founding of Voxelia as an organized state while also creating the impetus for the first organized expeditionary missions to adjacent cubes.

  • 6164 AX


    The Navigator's Guild is Founded in Voxelia
    Founding

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  • 6850 AX

    6875 AX



    Unknown Ventral Volcanic Event Causes Years of Famine
    Geological / environmental event

    Some sort of eruption occurs in the Ventral Tesseract, though the nature of this eruption remains unknown. As a result of climate cooling and increased soil acidity due to 'ashfalls,' agricultural yeilds drop across all regions of the Manifold, sparking a period of famine, conflict, and collapse.

  • 6900 AX

    7100 AX



    The Lost Tribes Fragment
    Disbandment

    Presumably driven by a collapse of large-scale agriculture due to climate change, the largest settlements of the Lost Tribes begin to fragment. By 7100, no settlement of more than a hundred or so Lost Tribes descendants remain intact, with the remaining descendants having adopted nomadic lifestyles. After other nations in the Manifold gain the ability to traverse inflection layers, the Lost Tribes are gradually absorbed into the colonies of those powers or into Freelander groups.

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  • 7000 AX


    Colony Sites in Medial C are Reached, Voxelian Political Reach is Overextended
    Population Migration / Travel

    Voxelian colonies are established in Medial C, taking in the small groups of humans there who were outcast during the Emperor's consolidation of power. Voxelia becomes aware that these colonies have been founded successfully and continues to send tax collectors, but at this time, technology will not allow enough force projection to enforce these claims against the colonies if the issue is pressed. While the colonies remain loyal at this time, interbreeding with the tribes and extreme distance from the Voxelian cultural center sow the seeds of rebellion in these far-flung colonies.

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  • 7729 AX


    Aerostat Flight is Invented
    Technological achievement

    Vexan Zin, a Rostran tinkerer, observes that lanterns sent into the air during his island's annual summer candle festival fly because of the hot air inside of them. He builds a scaled-up version of a flying lantern with a harness for one passenger. This is the first artificial aerostat in the Manifold, an invention which will not yet be replicated by Voxelians for 135 years, though the Verdials had a few rare "sporeships" made from natural materials since 7500 or earlier.

  • 8210 AX

    8250 AX



    The First Skystations are Launched into Commissures
    Construction beginning/end

    The Rostran Archipelago Confederacy uses long rope bridges to suspend the first skystations in stable positions within the microgravity regions of the commissures of their home cube. Aerostats using hot air for lift affixed to complex pulley systems are used as "elevators" to ferry cargo quickly from one side of the commissure to the other. The Voxelians will not follow suit for another 256 years.

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  • 8390 AX


    The Council of Liars Assassinates the Voxelian Emperor and his Vassal Kings
    Political event

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  • 8500 AX


    The Oral History of the Lost Tribes is Forgotten
    Extinction

    The last person familiar with the cultures of the Lost Tribes dies without passing on the oral histories of his people. This effectively renders the Lost Tribes extinct; nomadic peoples outside the purview of the major geopolitical powers are henceforth known as Freelanders.

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  • 9590 AX


    The First Electrical Dynamo is Invented
    Technological achievement

  • 9630 AX


    The Steam Engine is Invented
    Technological achievement

    Persistent experimentation at the Voxelian Academy of Sciences leads physicists to discover a way to utilize the power of temperature differentials, especially using steam, to create locomotive force.

  • 9670 AX


    Early Modern Mechanical Computers are Invented
    Technological achievement

  • 9710 AX


    Voxelia Creates A Power Grid for Silkenvault
    Construction beginning/end

    Voxelian civil engineers use steam engine technology, dynamo technology, and a local geothermal spring to provide electrical power to the Voxelian capital of Silkenvault.

  • 9800 AX


    The Internal Combustion Engine is Invented
    Technological achievement

    A Voxelian steam mechanism engineer by the name of Caelus Harkon creates the first diesel engine in the Manfold. This sparks a revolution in transportation, power generation, mechanical computing, and manufacturing.

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Age of Reclaimation

9800 and beyond

The diesel engine is invented, followed by other dieseltech technologies. Powered, steerable airships are invented, allowing inter-Tesseract travel and easier access to adjacent cubes. Skystations are launched to serve as resupply depots. The Manifold Conservation Society is founded. Voxelia begins the Reunification War to reconquer the Free Faces League, Commonwealth of C, and Craterhold.

  • 9800 AR


    The Internal Combustion Engine is Invented
    Technological achievement

    A Voxelian steam mechanism engineer by the name of Caelus Harkon creates the first diesel engine in the Manfold. This sparks a revolution in transportation, power generation, mechanical computing, and manufacturing.

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  • 9815 AR

    9821 AR



    Steerable, Powered Airships are Created Using Internal Combustion Engines
    Technological achievement

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  • 9842 AR


    First Visit to an Inflection Layer
    Discovery, Exploration

  • 9856 AR


    The First Inflection Layer Skystation is Launched
    Construction beginning/end

    The Voxelia Academy of Sciences Launches the first skystation into an inflection layer for research purposes. The Medial A/Western C station is small and used only for research at this time, but is later expanded to include refit facilities for traveling airships, a centrifuge for long-term habitation, and other useful amenities.

  • 9899 AR


    The War of Reunification Unofficially Begins
    Military action

    The Free Faces League and their allies in the Commonwealth of C and Craterhold issue declarations of independence to their previous Voxelian lords. Over the next decade, diplomatic ties deteriorate, with skirmishes over the intervening lands in adjacent cubes gradually building into full-blown military confrontations.

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    Medial Tesseract
  • 9901 AR

    9920 AR



    The Manifold Conservation Society is Founded
    Founding

    The Manifold Conservation Society is founded by academics from Voxelia, and is eventually cut off from funding and military support. Due to their strong ideological stances, the Administrative Council rebirths the Conservatorship as a sort of commune with the goal of preserving the natural diversity of the Manifold in the event of an extinction level event (i.e. caused by the War of Reunification).

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  • 9905 AR

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    /4

    First Treaty of Vivaldi Peak is Signed
    Founding

    The First Treaty of Vivaldi Peak is signed by diplomatic representatives of the Leauge Senate, the Commonwealth Parliament, and the major houses of the city of Craterhold. The First Treaty establishes that the signatory nations are to serve the cause of common defense against their shared enemy in Voxelia and serves as the founding document for the Coalition of Breakaway Colonies. From 9905 on, Iksunten 4th is celebrated as Breakaway Day in the nations of the Coalition.

  • 9925 AR


    Auto-Armor Enters Commercial Production
    Technological achievement

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  • 9946 AR


    Ame Pfren is Born
    Life, Birth

    Ame Pfren is born in the territory of the Ovinex Island Tribes. He later becomes reknowned as a Gam Pfa'a practitioner (specializing in the ba'amba, joins the Island Rangers, and travels the world telling the tales of his exploits.

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  • 9952 AR

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    /6

    The Garbage Man is Born
    Life, Birth

    The man who would eventually become known to the greater Manifold as The Garbage Man is born in the Commonwealth city of Tartagloam.

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  • 9966 AR


    Ame Pfren and His Island Rangers Defeat the Greenwell Mangrove Monster
    Life, Achievement/ Win

    Ame Pfren and his band of Ovinex Island Rangers embark on an expedition to rout out the verdialized Ram Rex known as The Greenwell Mangrove Monster. After a gruelling manhunt, the party find and kill the Monster, achieving glory and accolades in the process.

  • 9970 AR


    Ambra Baxbr is Born
    Life, Birth

    Ambra Baxbr is born in the Rostran Archipelago Confederacy. Her unique philosophy and aesthetic sense became the impetus for the Baxbr subculture of Civil Ovinex society.

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  • 9970 AR

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    /2

    Siege of Tartagloam
    Military action

    The city of Tartagloam is besieged, and eventually destroyed, by Voxelian forces. Civil order breaks down and never fully returns. An industrial accident caused by airship bombardment leaves tens of thousands of nearby citizens polymerized by toxic chemical vapors, leading to Tartagloam's nickname as the 'City of Mannequins'.

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    Tartagloam
  • 9970 AR

    3

    125 Hands Founded
    Founding

    Several survivors of the Siege of Tartagloam come together as a bloc to eke out existence among the ruins of the city. Unified by a shared indignation at their circumstances and exposed to Forgist philosophy by Verdial members of the group, the nascent 125 Hands take on violent, anarchist leanings.

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  • 9973 AR


    Feumont Atsuhi is Born
    Life, Birth

    Feumont Atsuhi is born in Silkenvault. He later becomes a famous stage illusionist, performer, and world traveller.

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  • 9976 AR


    Angela "Ghostleaf" Foxglove is Born
    Life, Birth

    Angela "Ghostleaf" Foxglove is born in Petalcap Vale. She eventually founds the Ghostleaf Foundation, a major research and development company.

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  • 9980 AR

    2
    9998 AR

    12
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    The Charred Chard Murders
    Criminal Activity

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  • 9987 AR

    5

    Pan-Coalition Extradition Treaty is Signed
    Diplomatic action

    In response to international outcry surrounding the Charred Chard Murders, the Coalition of Breakaway Colonies drafts the Pan-Coalition Extradition Treaty to improve intra-Coalition cooperation on criminal affairs. Despite the name, various neutral factions (including the Burning Hearts Social Club) also voluntarily agree to abide by its terms. As a side affect, the Treaty also establishes a legal framework for international bounty-hunting activities.

  • 9992 AR


    Ambra Baxbr Bears Ame Pfren's Lamb
    Life, Relationship change

    After an accidental rendezvous with the famous Ame Pfren, Ambra Baxbr bears the famous hero a son. While the son is still a lamb as of the year 10,000, great things are expected of him due to his famous parentage.

  • 10000 AR

    5
    /1

    12:00

    The Garbage Man and 125 Hands Attack the Manifold and Steal the Menger Catalyst
    Disaster / Destruction

    The Garbage Man uses his powers to teleport numerous Digits of the 125 hands around the Manifold to attack highly visible civilian, military, and government targets. This provides a diversion while The Garbage Man himself, along with several of his most trusted agents, breaks into the Vianne Tributaries Facility and steals the Menger Catalyst.

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Author's Notes

SpaceSuitIan, editor here. I noticed all the tesseract articles had "The (Name) Tesseract in is one of the ten tesseracts which make up the Manifold."
I fixed this, but remember to double check your copies and pastes Wurth. NO I TOTALLY HAVEN'T DONE THE SAME THING!


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18 Jul, 2020 22:29

I SWEAR I HAVEN'T!