* The Nevus is 'staff controlled' celestial body. Unless it is stated otherwise over the course of time, the Nevus will appear as it is described here — a black crack in the sky, the absence of light amidst a purple-violet sea of stars and gas.
Looking up into the clear night sky one is struck with that same sense of fear and wonder that our primitive ancestors must have felt staring into that unfathomable sea of stars. Science, technology, belief had always served to strengthen our resolve and make sense of the night until we were thrust back into the darkness of the unknown, bathed in the eerie violet light of the black scar of the Nevus, ringing our entire solar system, or so it seems. Some theorize that space and time are bending around it… around us. No one really knows. All our science, and now, all our magic can tell us nothing about this anomaly in the sky. It is both existent and non-existent, possibly some distant reflection from the far reaches of space and time.
The Nevus is a remnant of the Resonance. After the event it remained, a permanent reminder of our altered universe. That's all we really know for sure. Scientists postulate that it is definite proof of the multiverse, a tear in the very fabric of space and time through which other realities spilled through, mixing together like the multi-coloured hues of oil upon water. The frightening reality is that we simply don’t know what this ‘rift’ is and what it spells for our future. We are utterly and hopelessly at the mercy of the cosmos, but perhaps this is how it has always been? The Nevus has simply reminded us of just how powerless we really are.
The Nevus is visible from any location on the planet. It can barely be made out during the day, but at night it appears as a black crack of lightening amidst a violet coloured star field. Throughout the year it’s position changes in the sky due to the position of Earth’s orbit. The Nevus itself appears to be fixed and unmoving and like the moon can be treated as a constant celestial body.
There are many theories as to how the Resonance came about. One of the most popular, based on religious belief, is the ‘End of the World’ theory. Many people, if they didn’t have it already, ‘got religion’ when the Nevus formed and apocalyptic events riddled the world. Many people today still insist that we enduring the ‘Revelation’ and that the Nevus is the ‘Gateway to Hell’. Science minded people agree that it’s a rift in the fabric of our universe and that there may be yet another ‘Event’ in the near future. Conspiracy theorists believe that the Nevus isn’t a natural phenomena or judgement, but a man-made event. The truth remains that nothing can be proven and that no one is any closer to understanding these phenomena than they were back in 2010 when it first happened. So, looking up into the night sky, the Nevus ever looming, all the beings of Earth, new and old, can at least find some comfort in sharing this world defining mystery.
After 10 years many have come to ignore it, like so many awe inspiring things of nature it is "irrelevant" to them. From time to time the Nevus still burps and reminds the world it is there and it is more powerful than any who look up at it. But for the most part... it is quiet.. for now.
The unknown has always frightened us and so our species has clung to whatever concepts it could to provide understanding. Even the slightest semblance of knowledge provides what Humans have always needed — ‘the illusion of control’. Hence the populace has embraced four theories that allow them to address their questioning minds.
1. ‘A RIFT IN SPACE AND TIME’
Realistically would a ‘rift’ actually look like a ‘crack’ in space? Comparing the physical properties of solid matter to space is utterly non-sensical and yet this is still the most popular theory. People of course are always more comfortable, it seems, with taking the science fiction concepts of pop-culture as truth.
2. ‘THE EDGE OF ANOTHER UNIVERSE. THE EDGE OF OUR NEW UNIVERSE’
Based on the popular ‘multi-verse theory’, it is believe that the Nevus may be a converging universe or perhaps our universe has changed and it represents the ‘edge’ of our new home.
3. ‘A MAGICAL RIFT TO ANOTHER DIMENSION’
Some, mainly those associated to the ‘magical community’ believe the Nevus to be a portal or magical rift to another realm and through it flows an energy that continues to transform our world.
4. ‘THE RAPTURE. REVELATION. ARMAGEDDON.’
We have brought about our own destruction.
NEVUS EVENTS SINCE THE ORIGINAL RESONANCE EVENT
THE RESONANCE WAVE
On November 2nd, 2018, ironically ‘All Souls Day’, a second Resonance Event occurred. It is referred to as the 'All Souls Wave' by those in scientific and magus communities who study the Nevus in depth. These Scientists and Magus studying and monitoring the phenomena of the Nevus would have noted a fluctuation but for the most part there were no tell-tale signs of an event to warn the general populace (further supporting the utter unpredictability of the Nevus). A very small percentage of the 'Human Populace Only' were altered. This means no additional OutWorlders were stranded on the world at this time.
MINOR EVENTS HAPPEN OFTEN
All the time there are minor events that occur around the world. When something is unexplainable it is now blamed on the Nevus.
TELLURIC ENERGY LINES (LEY LINES)
These lesser known lines of energy criss-crossing the globe are believed to have a relationship with the Nevus. It has already been established that they bolster the effects of magic.
The Nevus is a major part of this world and it is unrealistic for a character to ignore it, or the events it creates. Many of these ‘distortions of physical reality’ are no more than freakish occurrences, such as the sun rising at an odd time, or perhaps even a strange planet crossing the sky over a twenty-four period. Incredibly frightening celestial events which are somewhat toned down by the fact that people are very aware that our world, our solar system, perhaps our entire universe is profoundly altered.
Experts are constantly monitoring the Nevus. Not unlike meteorologists on the watch for tornadoes. They work in conjunction with seismologists, meteorologists and various other forms of global monitoring to provide the populace with some peace of mind when these events occur.