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Rift: Travels Through Telara Part 13 - Slivers

Updated Wed, Dec 28, 2011 by Medawky

Travels Through Telara


The Story So Far: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14

By Padraic

Greetings, dear reader. Today, I have been discussing something of a philosophical nature with young Bran.

'Have you gone mad', I hear you ask. And the answer is, possibly.

You see, the Ascended have recently stumbled upon a method of viewing… alternate realities, if you will. Different time streams, where events turn out differently to what has occurred in our own time. These alternate realities have been dubbed “slivers”. The theory goes that every time a decision is made, every time you choose a fork down a different path – for example, you decide you are not happy and wonder if you should leave your wife. You waver a bit, then decide yes, you will leave her. So you pack your bags and leave. But at that moment of decision, a branch occurs and an alternate reality is created. In one reality, you leave your wife, but in the other, you stay with her. Two separate realities. Now imagine that on a scale so vast we cannot even comprehend the number. Every decision made creating a new reality.


Rift Sanctum

A Sliver of Time

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“I don’t understand!” wails Bran. “Are you saying that every time I make a choice I’m creating another universe?”

“Broadly speaking, yes,” I say.

“But I don’t even know what to do in this one! I can’t be responsible for more.”

“Ah, but you’re not,” I say. “These realities are separate from you. They cast their own shadows, live out their own spans.”

Bran closes his eyes. “I need to think about this,” he says.

While Bran ponders the meaning of life, I look deeper into these Slivers. It seems that with the sundering of the Ward, some of these timestreams are threatening to break down, to spill their battles and events into our own reality. Needless to say, this is not desirable. But at the same time, there is scope for much research here. Having access to these Slivers means that the Ascended can view alternate worlds where the Dragon Cults’ were victorious in the war of the rifts. Both Guardians and Defiant want to use these Slivers to investigate these alternate worlds, to prevent them from repeating their triumphs in our Telara.

Bran’s eyes snap open. “You say I create these alternate worlds with every decision I make?”

“Y-e-s,” I say.

“That every choice I make brings into being an entire universe similar to our own?”

“I suppose,” I reluctantly agree.

Bran holds his hands up and stares at them in awe. “I am a God,” he says reverently.

“Ah. No,” I quickly say, trying to stem this flow of thought before it gets out of control. “You do not control these events. Or consciously create them. You are not a god.”

“I think I’ll got and buy some food,” says Bran. He stares at me expectantly.

“Very good,” I say. “Off you go then.”

“I already have!” he says gleefully. “In the alternate timestream. Now I don’t have to bother. I’ll never have to eat again!”

“I fear you’ve misunderstood a fundamental point here,” I say.

But Bran does not listen. Instead he gets up and wanders into the woods. Best just leave him. Hopefully he’ll get bored soon enough and forget about it.

But forgetting about these Slivers is not something the Ascended plan on doing. The Guardians think they have been granted access to them by the Vigil for a higher purpose, while the Defiant think they are chaotic temporal anomalies that must be studied. I do not know which side is right, but the Slivers are certainly important sources of infor-mation that must be studied.


Rhamm Dragonbane

Inside an Alternate Reality

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Using differing techniques (the Vigil has granted their Guardians a talent called Omen Sight, while Defiant researchers have developed a similar method called Quantum Sight), the Ascended can now see into some of these alternate realities, and can study them for help on how to defeat the Blood Storm. As of yet, there are only three Slivers stable enough to investigate, and they are so dangerous they can only be accessed by a minimum of ten fearsome Ascended. (Because although these Slivers open into different places and times, they are very, very real. Wounds given and received in these alternate worlds will most definitely carry through into our own reality.)

“Hahaah!” I hear Bran shout from within the forest. “A God, I say!”

Oh dear.

One of the Slivers opens into the ancient Eth Empire. Here Eth priests were preparing to summon Titan slaves to do their bidding. But something went wrong and a gate through to the Plane of Fire was opened instead. Flames swept across Stonefield, warping the sorcerer-priests and turning High Priest Arakhurn into a raging phoenix. The Ascended must stop Arakhurn before he spills through into our time.

Rhamm Dragonbane

High Priest Arakhurn

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In the second timestream, agents of the Golden Maw have captured a powerful artifact they will use to revive Laethys. The Ascended want to travel here to discover where this relic is to be found, hoping they can capture it in our own Telara and thus keeping it out of the clutches of our own Golden Maw.

The third Sliver is the most terrifying. In it Telara has already fallen to mad Akylios. Hydriss, the profane dragon’s sorceress-lieutenant, has discovered the Slivers for himself and is planning to lead an army through to invade our time. Obviously she must be stopped. I understand that this timestream is a priority among the Ascended, and that even now they are massing their best fighters to push Hydriss and her army back.

I look toward the forest and see Bran fall straight out of a tree and land on his face. I rush over to him to see if he is all right.

“What are you doing?” I exclaim.

He grins up at me. “I’ve always wanted to fly. Now in one of those other universes I’m soaring through the air. Amazing.”

I sigh. It looks as though it might be harder to make him forget this than I initially thought.


The Story So Far: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 | Part 9 | Part 10 | Part 11 | Part 12 | Part 13 | Part 14


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