Despite Gwen’s protests, Reyskaw accepted Velorus’ invitation. Shortly thereafter, he was escorted to a mansion floating within the void of the World of Gods by a servant with a draconic form. The mansion appeared to be made of a dark wood and had an interior ominously lit by candles with flames of varying strength.
Reyskaw waited briefly in the drawing room for the god named Velorus to appear. The god himself soon appeared and Reyskaw’s first thought was that he resembled James Radcliffe with a slightly more menacing nature. After exchanging some words of introduction, Velorus offered Reyskaw the opportunity to stay as a guest and learn from him about the World of Gods.
Gwen feared Velorus, but Reyskaw lacked that fear and so accepted Velorus’ offer.
The very first lesson that Velorus had prepared was about the nature of reality itself. Reyskaw knew that the gods created their own smaller worlds that existed within the larger void commonly called the World of Gods. However, Velorus disagreed with this naming. He claimed that this place was simply a large Phantasmal Realm connected to the World of Reality.
The World of Reality was the source of the instinct that all gods had. Why was it that so many worlds featured planets and solar systems and galaxies? Why did they share the same periodic table of elements? Why did they have similar languages like English and Spanish and Russian? Each world was a unique creation, but they were all recognizable and none of them contained absurdly strange laws of physics or completely alien concepts.
Velorus explained that the instinct of the gods was based upon the fact that they were connected to this true World of Reality. The worlds they created, using their instinct, were reflections and projections of the World of Reality. Reyskaw had no reason to doubt this so he instead asked Velorus to tell him about the difference between the World of Reality and the Phantasmal Realm called the World of Gods.
This was where Velorus had difficulty. He explained that they were two types of existence. If you called one Reality, then the other might be Illusion. Truthfully, it didn’t matter which was called which. They were two realms that were connected but consisted of different matter and energy. It was possible for a god from the World of Gods to descend into the World of Reality under special circumstances. Similarly, it was possible for a human to ascend to godhood.
This, however, was just one way of viewing it. Another person might say that a god ascends to reality and man descends into non-existence. Ultimately it was a philosophical argument, but both worlds were real in the sense that they existed. Even if Velorus preferred the term World of Reality and Phantasmal Realm, that didn’t mean that was the only name for them. For the sake of simplicity, Reyskaw decided he would continue to refer to this world as the World of Gods although he wasn’t sure he would refer to the opposing world as Reality as that seemed somewhat offensive.
This subject interested Reyskaw and it seemed that in Velorus’ great library there were many books written by others called Existence Scholars who lived in the World of Reality and had come up with these terms that Velorus preferred. Despite being the supreme being of the World of Gods, Velorus respected the knowledge of those living in a different world and even accepted their idea that their reality was Reality and everything else was illusory.
Gwen had warned him of Velorus’ potential for cruelty, but Reyskaw respected the supreme god’s intellect and capacity for compassion. Despite being universally feared, Velorus was not necessarily an evil creature. That was the conclusion that Reyskaw reached early on during his stay with Lord Velorus.
In fact, one night after a few drinks, Velorus had even hinted that he wasn’t the most powerful being in the World of Gods but the beings more powerful than him had long since disappeared. Reyskaw knew that it wouldn’t be wise to ask more about this and instead decided to search for further answers in Velorus’ expansive library.
To be continued May 2016!