Followers of the Infinite Afterlife
Dude, think about it. We're dead, right? No question about it, we all got memories of our death. Our souls were captured by this tower, and now we live in Synthacrosia. That means, if there's one afterlife... there's gotta be a second! It's perfect logic!Within Synthacrosia exists a dedicated group of people following a set of ideals; they firmly believe the idea that there is more than one afterlife, and that each afterlife exists in a system of tiers. To them, Synthacrosia is the hub of all other tiers of afterlife. It's the beginning point, the judging area, the time that determines your worth and where you will live your next afterlife.
Their main reason for believing this is Synthacrosia its self. The tower is artificial, it's broken up into different floors, or tiers, and it slowly turns you back into a complete soul as you climb the tower. Because of this, Fractalifers believe that the Tower has the ability to judge you -- it determines your qualities, and marks them down on your soul, so that when you die a second time, you can go to your correct afterlife.
It's all just layers, man. Layers on layers, rings within rings. It's a fractal afterlife! Welcome to the Fractalife.
An unknown, unnamed author penned three books detailing the Fractalife. The books were discovered one after another, near the beginning of time within The Tower of Souls; devout followers believe that the three books have existed since before any souls even arrived in Synthacrosia. This line of reasoning has led some to think that Locorin himself wrote the books; though, those old enough to remember a time when Locorin walked the tower are against that idea.
The last of the Seven and a Half Divine Directives was sadly cut off, and it's full meaning was never discovered. The text was written in thick, bold lettering, as if the Unnamed Author believed it to be incredibly important -- however the second half of the directive is smudged, as if the Author rubbed off the final part of it. The final half directive's intent is generally thought to be related to treating your fellow soul nicely.
Book one was the last book discovered, as luck would have it. It was the book that truly started the faith; before it was found, the Fractalifers had nothing to truly hold them together. The book is full of stories, imagery and descriptions. It contains summaries of what is within both book 2, and book 3. Most importantly, it contains the main core of ideals that Fractalifers follow. A set of rules, or instructions, to ensure that a soul may gain access to their chosen second afterlife. These rules are titled "The Seven and a Half Divine Directives." Following the Divine Directives is a sure way to make your way into whatever second afterlife so captures your interest. Should you stray from the Directives, you might find yourself arriving in one of the less desirable afterlives outlined in Book 2. Stories of people failing to go to their chosen afterlife fill the Third Book out of the trio.
The Seven and a Half Divine Directives
Those who believe must study all 3 books in their entirety.
Believers must be devout in their faith, and in their choice.
Never end your own afterlife -- never cut short another souls afterlife. You are not the judge
The likelihood of going to your choice depends on the strength of your belief.
Every soul you enlighten with knowledge of the Fractalife will strengthen your belief -- every soul they enlighten will strengthen theirs, and in turn, yours once again
Every soul deserves to know of the Fractalife
Any choice of second afterlife is okay -- make your own choice.
Don't be a d-
Following the DirectivesThe meaning behind the directives has been debated about for ages. The true intent is hidden behind the simplicity of the directives, and some have struggled to grasp the directives entirely. However, over the many long years, the Seven and a Half Divine Directives have been boiled down to two main ideals.
General GoodnessDivine directives 1, 2, 3, and the final half directive are all felt to fall into this general category. They all relate to strength of belief, and strength of character. In essence, they say that one should feel confident in their choices and beliefs in their life, and treat their fellow soul with the kindness and compassion they themselves want to feel. They should choose which afterlife they want, but do not lament others for their own afterlife choices, and never should they interfere or cut short anyone's afterlife.
Goodness, SharedThe "Goodness" felt within the Fractalife is something that Fractalifers feel need to be shared. Separate from interfering, they feel, is sharing. Not every soul knows of the Infinite Afterlives, and so the secondary mission of believers is to ensure that every soul gets a chance to discover more afterlives. It loops back to General Goodness in the end; if a soul is given a chance to learn about Fractalife, but in the end chooses to forgo the religion, that soul is left alone. They've made their choice.
Excuse me, good soul. May I have a minute of your time? I'd love to talk to you today regarding the afterlife, the second afterlife, and the infinite other afterlives. Have you heard of Fractali-- damn. They didn't even let me describe any other afterlives. Oh well, onto the next.
I've read the entire second book... but I still have no idea what afterlife I want to go to next. Maybe I should just choose the River of Infinitum, so I can experience them all, from afar? Though, I'd miss the company of other souls...Book two is the largest of the three books; filled from cover to cover with one massive list of afterlives. Each afterlife is outfitted with a description, and one in ten afterlives will also have a hand drawn image next to the description. A disclaimer is found on the front page of the book, which states:
"This book cannot yet scratch the surface of the entire list of afterlives. The realm of death is infinite, and we may never hold it's outer edges fully in our minds. As such, this book contains but a short list of afterlives discovered through painstaking research. There are many more."
Book Two has been thoroughly analyzed, in the hopes of discovering mention of any additional afterlives, which would be added as an addendum to the book. The content and structure have been studied, the afterlives have been judged to be good or bad, and even ranked. Words have been counted, letters tallied... but so far, no hint of other afterlives have ever been discovered in Book Two.
While searching through Book Two, and judging the afterlives, a ranked list was developed of all the choices a soul could make regarding their second afterlife. This ranking system, though unofficial, rapidly became popular through the ranks of Fractalifers. High ranking Fractalifers frown upon the use of such a list, as they feel it promotes judging each others second afterlife choices too much.
Book ThreeThe first book found, and the only book, until the Second was found many years later. Book three contains no explicit mention of either of the other two books; it does, however, have a large number "3" indented into the front cover of the book. Book three is full of stories; stories of good, stories of bad. It contains passages of people believing in a certain afterlife so hard it nearly consumes them. Tales of folk following the Seven and a Half Divine Directives exist within book three; the Divine Directives are never mentioned explicitly though, only ever inferred. It wasn't until after Book One was discovered that Fractalifers were able to attribute a Divine Directive to each story.
[...] and yet Hea'ran didn't care. He continued to steal, he continued to bribe. He antagonized the soldiers of Tamworth, he broke the artwork of Beachcastle. He fled to the desert of the Third Floor, but alas, the heat and sand ended his afterlife. He awoke, then, in his third life. In his second afterlife. He was surrounded by sand, by heat. As he had fled to a desert after many wrongdoings, the tower judged him fit to spend eternity in the Grand Desert, to be continuously robbed of moisture, comfort, and sanity.
The afterlife has just begun, onwards to infinity.
Sometime around the beginning of Synthacrosia's operation
Infinity is incomprehensibly big. That's how many afterlives there are, infinite. Now, not all of them are good... so you have to do whatever it takes to ensure you wind up in the right afterlife.
The Infinite AfterlivesBook two contains the list of all the different second-afterlives that a soul can aspire to go to, after their time in Synthacrosia is done. Below is a selection of a few different afterlives, in no particular order.
The Mecha DomeThe very air you breath here is tainted with the smell of smoke and hot metal. Automotons fill this entire afterlife. It's not a comfortable space, and you will spend eternity toiling away, following the wishes of your mechanical overlords. Should you spend too much time around the Clockwork in Synthacrosia, you might wind up in the Mecha Dome after your second death.
High HeavenMost Fractalifers hold High Heaven in their minds as the ideal afterlife. Popular theory is that High Heaven shapes its self to your wishes; every step you take through this afterlife is another step in your own personal paradise. There's no theory on how to get to High Heaven. Most believe it to be pure luck, and the lack of wrongdoing, to gain access to this wondrous area.
Everlasting DarknessThe name describes this afterlife in full. It's full of nothing but darkness. If your soul goes to the Everlasting Darkness, darkness is all you will experience. The texts are quite clear on this one. If you end your life in Synthacrosia early, with your own hands, Everlasting Darkness is all you will see.
River of InfinitumThe River of Infinitum winds its way through every other afterlife; it gets close to each afterlife, but never close enough to cross over. Those who travel the River can see every other afterlife they pass by, and sometimes catch glimpses of the souls within, but may never experience them. The River is a tricky afterlife. Some say you get sent there by spending too much time in and around water; others say the complete opposite. It's also often said that should you never make long lasting relationships, the River is where you will end up.
MemorandumSome people who have lived a hard life full of setbacks, hardship, and pain, might view the afterlife "Memorandum" as a curse. Others, who have lived very happy, privileged lives, might view it as a blessing. Most often though, Memorandum is chosen by souls who feel they have been robbed of time with loved ones. Memorandum is a constant replaying of memories of ones own life; the memories may not be altered, instead only relived. Tiny minute details may change from viewing to viewing, but the underlying memory always stays the same, no matter how many times during eternity the memory is repeated.
SaudaiaThe mirror afterlife to Memorandum; Saudaia is all about the feeling of one's early memories. Instead of reliving the specific memories themselves, Saudaia shapes its self into a highly personalized afterlife for a soul. Saudaia is sectioned off into smaller and smaller portions of its self, as it keeps every new soul within an enclosed, separate portion, so as they can receive their own personalized Saudaia. Getting to Saudaia is easy for some; if you live you life focusing entirely on the nostalgia you feel for your youth, ignoring the present, you might just find you end up in a world representative of the nostalgia you feel.
Pure CreationKnown by most as one of, if not the most difficult of all second afterlives to go to. Pure Creation is an afterlife favoured by the creative souls of Synthacrosia -- the painters, the sculpters, artisans, architects, singers and poets. Anyone who has creative blood within them likes the sound of Pure Creation, as the description of it paints an image of a wondrous landscape full of like minded individuals, shaping the world to their whims. Unlike some of the other Afterlives, like Saudaia and Memorandum, there are no segmented portions to Pure Creation. Any soul that arrives within is in the same area, in the same afterlife, creating together. As all souls may interact within Pure Creation, all souls welcomed into it must be of similar thought process, lest the afterlife devolve into pure chaos. This fact is what makes Pure Creation so difficult to get into, as it's entirely unknown what style of thinking one must have to gain admittance to it.
The LoopThe Loop may be a mistake, or some sort of cosmic joke. The Loop is an afterlife you might go to that is an exact copy of Synthacrosia. You die in Synthacrosia, everything fades to black, and then you wake up in Synthacrosia with no memory of the past Synthacrosia. The new Synthacrosia is exactly the same as the last Synthacrosia, but the events in the new Synthacrosia don't necessarily happen the same way as they did in the old Synthacrosia.
Um... can we rewrite the passage in the book about The Loop? It's a little bit confusing...