The cosmology of the universe can be broken down into two major studies. The first is the study of the local cosmology, which is the study of the planet and the solar bodies near to it, like that of the moons, the sun, and the other planets which encircle the sun. Larger views of the universe extend their study to the stars and the possibility of other planets further out into the vastness of space.
The second study of cosmology is that of the grand cosmology, or the study of the multiverse. This study observes the flow of life energies as they pass into and out of our universe. Observation of such phenomena has led many to believe that these energies pass through a host of realms, each a universe in its own right and each with its own local cosmology.
The Local Cosmology
The planet of Gortana is one of four planetary bodies that encircles the sun. Of these planets, it is the furthest from the Sun. The other planets, going from the closest to the sun to the furthest, are Pella, Dion, and Megara. Gortana has three satilites (or moons) that navigate around it. In order of largest to smallest the lunar bodies are Sidon, Salamis, and Tyros. The planet itself follows an elliptical path around the sun that defines the very edges of our solar system.
The Gortain Calender
A year is defined as a full cycle of the planet as it travels around the sun. The beginning of each year is marked by the time of the year when the planet is closest to the sun, which takes approximately three hundred and three days. The calender year is divided into seven months. Each month is named after the various historical lunar and planetary bodies in the solar system. The order of the months are Sido, Dio, Megar, Tyr, Orican, and Pell. Many scholars have proposed renaming the month of Orican to Salamis, as the original name of the month refers to the now lost planet of Oricana.
The Grand Cosmology
According to most scholars, the multiverse is divided into realms (or planes) of existence that are both vast in size and in number. What is known as truth these days is that the vital energies that spark life flow from one realm to the next. The order to which this energy flows is fixed. When energy flows into the current realm, it takes the form of what is often called “positive energy”, which has the power to create life or repair existing life. When energy is taken away from the current realm and sent further down the chain of realms, it is often referred to as “negative energy”, which has the power to kill or harm life. The interesting point can be made that both positive and negative energy are in fact different perspectives of the same energy.
The designation of higher and lower planes is often used to describe the flow of energy from realm to realm. A more modern convention is to use the terms elder planes and younger planes in reference to the relationship of two different planes. This has evolved from the belief that those planes that exist earlier in the flow are in fact older in creation then those further down.
The modern approach to the questions about the Grand Cosmology leaves open the question, “where does all life begin?” Though it be granted that the number of realms further along the stream may be infinite, the idea of an infinite number of elder realms is highly doubted. This then leaves open the hypothesis that beyond the first of the elder realms lies the beginning of all life, dubbed “the Source”. Many sects of philosophy and religion worship the Source as a supreme deity, the beginning of all things. Many postulate that myths of titans and dragons, words synonymous with each other in our society, are in fact true tales of the eldest of all beings. Myths say that the titans hail from the eldest realm and they guard the Source from all those who seek to reach it and taint it with mortal desires. In some cultures, titans and dragons are viewed as separate races, while in most others, they are the same race. Still many others discount their existence and agree that the only limitation to reaching the source of all life is a lack in society’s will and ingenuity to cross the boarders of the planes themselves.
Older theories of the Grand Cosmology
More ancient belief systems depicted the flow of life as a never ending circle or loop. In this system the idea of lower and higher planes, as well as elder and younger ones, didn’t make any sense as all planes where arranged to be both above and below each other in flow of life. Many modern faiths and philosophies have moved away from this perspective. The best explanation for this shift is that more modern beliefs favor the use of hierarchies. Though many proponents of the modern philosophy site that no proof has ever been given to suggest that energy flowing further down the stream has ever been traced back to a plane higher above the steam.
The shear quantity of planes of existence makes for the case that perhaps new planes are always coming into existence and that the long chain is endless all the way down.
One less-then-popular theory is that the flow of life energy does not travel to isolated realms, each with their own local cosmology, but in fact travel to distant planets located within our own universe. It is believed that the many stars in the sky are suns like are own and that we tied together by energies traveling across the vastness of space itself.