BEFORE THE BEGINNING, THERE WAS THE EVERSHAPING
'This is your tale.' - Sheyodi, Resonant Sage
TELLING THE FIRST TALE
The story of The Quantumyth's earliest origins begins in 2003, when I wrote The Armourer (now published as Episode 10 of The Quantumyth Saga), a multiple choice story about a magical wooden warrior created in the woods by the emperor's armorer.
In 2004, in the middle of Art class, I created Valmont, the puppet-assassin, who would eventually become the co-protagonist of The Thieves alongside Jalana, his pick-pocket companion.
In 2005, in the middle of French class at Canberra College, I started doodling in my book and created my first-ever pattern art symbol, Ardent. This was before all of my creative works became unified under the Quantumyth banner, and certainly before my pattern art found its place as not only the Quantumyth's Universal Language (Resonant Speech), but also The Evershaping itself - the foundational latticework of existence itself, with each pattern art being a depiction of it.
In 2007 and 2008 I got my first self-designed pattern art tattoos, Nature and Organopy, with a not-fully-formed notion that having them tattooed was an affirmation of my having discovered my own culture, and being proud of who and what I am - a being composed of undulating patterns (atoms and cells).
In 2009, I was living in Queensland, a town called Toowoomba, in the suburb of Rangeville, nearby to a bird sanctuary (birds have a special place not only in The Quantumyth, but in my earliest formative experiences), where I would walk sometimes. I had ensconced myself there in the aftermath of that most heartbreaking of early adulthood experiences - the first break-up. Here I wrote The Shadows and mapped out The Pilgrim and The Spire.
In 2011, I was living in Torrens, Canberra, and after spotting a strange-looking piece of wood (on my drive to feed the horses I was caring for at the time) - a log that had been split down the middle, causing the two sides to tilt towards each other in a way that resembled sad-looking eyebrows (a 'sad lad') - I wrote The Father, starring the brave woodfolk warrior, Daldas ('sad lad' backwards).
In 2013, just as I started University in Canberra, while living at Davey Lodge, I conjured the name Quantumyth when determining a name for the universe of stories I'd started creating a decade ago.
This is when everything became unified:
The chest tattoo I got in 2008, Creation, retroactively became a depiction of Void (Ara) and Form (Oro) clashing to create the elements (elnaru), all of my stories up to that point became part of a single shared reality. To mark this moment, with no research into such stories, I opened my unconscious up to the universe and wrote The Origin, which you are about to read.
CHAPTER 1 - THE EVERSHAPING
THE FIELD OF ETERNITY
Pre-nothingness, pre-eternity, pre-existence.
THE EVERSHAPING - an invisible, undulating patternscape.
All eventualities of fate and destiny,
simultaneously nonexistent, ever-shifting and unchangeable.
This invariant stillness shifts because of YOU, the reader:
For when that which is boundless is beheld by one bound by time-space,
eternity itself takes on an enclosed form.
And a closed form is what is needed for life to be:
inhale must become exhale. Life must become death.
To enter existence is to set upon a path to eventual, inevitable expiration.
The beginning, middle and end of a story -
of a life -
of a whole universe - all one and the same.
And so, reality itself stepped forth from the shadows of nothingness.
Because of YOU,
the next breath must be taken. The next thing must happen,
For humans cannot sit placidly, as eternal, all-knowing beings.
We are not the infinite itself - though we are components of it - instead,
we are its interpreters.
We are not the story - we are its tellers.
And so, this eternal stasis begins to shift, change, morph...
...and with a great rumbling, the vast eternities of all directions began to settle,
into defined forms...
into what we know as the laws of physics, space and time.
The very first shape this new reality takes is of a vast lake,
Spreading into the infinite,
Quietly lapping into the cosmos.
Crawling out of this cosmic lake, a figure emerges...human-shaped,
like you, it's beholder...
For both storyteller and story-listener will always see themselves in every tale.
CHAPTER 2 - THE PRIMENTITY
THE ONE WHO IS ALL
This figure is known in Resonant Speech as THE PRIMENTITY, OLVISUTAR, the one who is all -
an androgynous, featureless humanoid with ever-shifting, blue-red molten skin, rippling with eternally self-generating shapes - patterns. Upon the shore of the cosmic lake,
Olvisutar first looked out unto an infinite sea - The nothingness-before-nothingness - And was faced with the true unknown - the vastness beyond. Olvisutar recognised itself as part of, yet separate, from it. It then turned towards the lake, seeing itself once more - more clearly this time - in the reflecting, rippling surface, so akin to the shapes rippling across its skin. A feeling of kinship struck Olvisutar,
So it resolved to sit, and contemplate their oneness with both void and form. This...was The First Meditation: To centre oneself with, and as, the source of one's own creation, recognising that each of the three - void, form, and we ourselves between the two - are one and the same.
This, The First Realisation*, also called The First Truth, was eludaya - of the concept of Duality. Since there are no barriers between reality and imagination in this, the age before age began, at this very moment in our tale, this realisation manifests itself quite literally... - *Eleven other realisations, each with their own anthropomorphic form and accompanying effect on the nascent universe, followed, and their birth is recounted in The Dance & Death Of The Nascentities, a traditional Resonant threnody.
CHAPTER 3 - THE DEUDEPHALON
THE TWO WHO ARE ONE
The realisation of duality as a concept causes everything in existence to be split into two - THE DEUDEPHALON, The Two Who Are One.
All doe not pass in sadness however, for this splitting into two halves gives the universe its Spark Of Nascence, like the two opposing stones of flint required to create the flame of life, birthing forth time, space, and existence itself.
One half, ARA, the feminine, joins with the infinite uncontainable VOID,
and the other half, ORO, the masculine, joins with the lake, the realm of physical FORM.
These two are both immediately drawn to, yet simultaneously repulsed by, one another. And so begins the eternal tale - the masculine and feminine energies, evil and good, light and dark. And they fight, and they dance, and they love, and they hate, and they find familiarity in each other, since each is polar absolute quintessence, yet they also find complete distance and unrelatabilty between them, since each is, quite definitionally, the furthest thing from the other. A tumult of passion, love, revulsion, rejection, acceptance… A whirring buzz of emotions, a mixture of opposites...chaos brought into order, order into chaos, forever. The alchemy...of life*. Besides their inherent union-revulsion, 11 occurrences take place between Ara and Oro, embracing, dancing, loving and conflicting, all recounted in The Ever-Dance Of The Star Guardians, an ancient Resonant sonnet. The push and pull of form and void births the fundamental laws of existence: gravity, positive and negative atoms...the eternal fluctuation between the opposites.
Eight Great Clashes were had between the two lover-rivals, And from each of these eight was born an elemental child.
CHAPTER 4 - THE ELEMENTS
THE ETERNAL EIGHT
The ELNARU, The Eternal Eight, born in that ancient age, were so named:
QUINTESSENCE, ZYRTHA, arbiter of elements, emerged before all others.
WATER, KAEDORA, bulwark and keeper, diffused from formlessness.
WIND, OLUSHA, speaker and traveller, forever fleeting.
FIRE, VAYAR, teacher and warrior, fueller and destroyer.
EARTH, ZAYUR, fertility bringer, bearer and provider.
DARK, DORTHU, backdrop and receiver, unseen, unheard.
LIGHT, NAYESH, inner and outer, all-permeating, all-knowing.
REFLECTION, INUNI, ever the other, never itself.
Eight fundamental forces, governed over by their eternal bearers, form and void. By their bidding, each of the eight mated once with its seven sibling, each pairing birthing a new god, whose qualities were a blend of the two.. This resulted in the Twenty-Eight God Children, otherwise known as The Gods.
CHAPTER 5 - THE GODS
THE DEOCTEAN PANTHEON
The OROLEI, The Gods, also known as THE DEOCTEAN PANTHEON, emerged one by one,
the very first life-sparks to grace the still-new world. Each of the elements merged with its seven other counterparts once, creating twenty-eight children. Though inherently androgynous, over time the Resonant scholars have assigned them genders based on their actions, habits and energies.
The union of DARK and LIGHT gave birth to THE GOD OF TWILIGHT, PELKU,
Upon whose brow rests both burning light and deepest shadow.
The union of FIRE and LIGHT gave birth to THE GOD OF LIGHTNING, ZYRDAN,
Hands are forever bound in a crackling storm, by his jealous father.
The union of EARTH and LIGHT gave birth to THE GOD OF CRYSTALS, CHITAYA,
Whose crystal lips cut form from void itself, fated to challenge her great-ancestors, Ara and Oro.
The union of WATER and LIGHT gave birth to THE GOD OF COLOURS, ARBOA,
Whose serpentine tail and multitudinous arms made possible for him to paint the entire universe.
The union of WIND and LIGHT gave birth to THE GOD OF JOY, SELKI,
A loving and jovial light upon the nascent darkness of the world.
The union of ETHER and LIGHT gave birth to THE GOD OF DREAMS, ERDU,
Whose craggy visage is as still and somniferous as a calm mountain range.
The union of REFLECTION and LIGHT gave birth to THE GOD OF WISDOM, ARATHA,
Whose lower body is three serpent heads, each foreknowing of past, present and future.
The union of FIRE and DARK gave birth to THE GOD OF FURY, ARKATH,
Whose flaming talons and beak are bound tight by the magical seal of her closest sibling.
The union of EARTH and DARK gave birth to THE GOD OF CAVES, DURTHA,
A monstrous union of snapping tortoisoid and centaphalopod.
The union of WATER and DARK gave birth to THE GOD OF LAKES, KILKA,
Along whose arms rivers flow, and in whose heart is kept captive a fiendish foe.
The union of WIND and DARK gave birth to THE GOD OF TRICKERY, ZYRAS,
Whose eyes appear anywhere on their body, the better to spy on her siblings.
The union of ETHER and DARK gave birth to THE GOD OF NIGHT, OLKOS,
With hair that is itself the void between space and time, guiding many to peril.
The union of REFLECTION and DARK gave birth to THE GOD OF FEAR, SALOSH,
Beloved of Arkath, who hid his soul amongst the infinite.
The union of EARTH and FIRE gave birth to THE GOD OF MAGMA, KORZUN,
Whose molten sword holds at bay the ending of the of all things.
The union of WATER and FIRE gave birth to THE GOD OF FOG, ORLOTH,
Realms of mist residing in each fingernail.
The union of WIND and FIRE gave birth to THE GOD OF WARMTH, ULFI,
A blazing fire within his stomach, arms wide, benignly smiling.
The union of QUINTESSENCE and FIRE gave birth to THE GOD OF UNITY, ALMA,
Bearer of Scintilla, the clarion maiden of existence.
The union of REFLECTION and FIRE gave birth to THE GOD OF LUST, KARESH,
Aquiline countenance surrounded by many grasping, lustful hands.
The union of EARTH and WATER gave birth to THE GOD OF LAND, ELU,
Lips as graceful as a gently undulating mountain range.
The union of EARTH and WIND gave birth to THE GOD OF BIRDS, RENDIN,
Talons and wings in service to the Avian Star Gods themselves.
The union of EARTH and QUINTESSENCE gave birth to THE GOD OF COURAGE, ALGANA,
Whose gauntlets hold aloft the entirety of existence.
The union of REFLECTION and EARTH gave birth to THE GOD OF SIGHT, TEYTANI,
Three inner eyes above her brow, two hidden eyes blinded to untruth.
The union of WATER and WIND gave birth to THE GOD OF RAIN, PYRETH,
Ever at odds with the descendants of Inuni.
The union of QUINTESSENCE and WIND gave birth to THE GOD OF INSPIRATION, QUYAN,
Whose flowing beard opens to infinite portals to innumerable realms.
The union of WATER and QUINTESSENCE gave birth to THE GOD OF SEAS, OLETH,
Keeper of her chosen scions within her watery womb.
The union of REFLECTION and WIND gave birth to THE GOD OF CLARITY, SEMNU,
Keening eyes ever-alight with purpose.
The union of WATER and REFLECTION gave birth to THE GOD OF AWARENESS, ERVUN,
The many-armed holder of all polarities.
The union of UNION and REFLECTION gave birth to THE GOD OF PERCEPTION, ALARA,
She Who Sees All, beloved of Semnu.
These twenty eight gods had many adventures and interminglings as they went about creating all that we know - planets, oceans, stars - everything on our earth and beyond. They too bred among themselves, and had many children, the first generation of which were known as The Aspects.
CHAPTER 6 - THE ULAPHON
DEIFIC SHARDS OF ETERNITY
The Aspects of Existence, THE ULAPHON, also known as The Deific Shards or The Lesser Gods, were more refined, more intermixed versions of their ancestors.
Just as their great-great-grandparent, The Primentity Olvisutar (The One Who Is All) embodied and governed All That Is, their great-grandparents Ara and Oro (The Eternal Pair) embodied and governed Duality, their grandparents (The Elementals) embodied and governed The Elements, and their parents (The Gods) embodied and governed The Fundamentals of emotion, thought and nature, they - The Aspects - embody and govern even more specific attributes, elements and shards of existence.
These are some of them, each with their own wondrous and fantastical forms (whose avatars are able to be summoned by gifted Resonant sages), though their true number is without counting.
THE ULAPHON OF SUMMONING, PARAVANTHE - an elegant female whose void-core resonates with all summoners across the Eververse.
THE ULAPHON OF COMMUNION, NAMDALASH - assembled from marketplace detritus, a kind-hearted demigod.
THE ULAPHON OF LOYALTY, BERCYNNION - a beetle-cow deity whose great insectoid udders shelter the small moon of Vyratha from a dangerous belt of nearby storms.
THE ULAPHON OF REMEMBRANCE, RAMANDRAS -
THE ULAPHON OF COMPASSION, CHANDARU -
THE ULAPHON OF MERCY, KIZRASHIR -
THE ULAPHON OF POWER, TARGAHYNDE -
THE ULAPHON OF FAITH, VETHLAS -
THE ULAPHON OF PLENTY, BEAURANOT -
THE ULAPHON OF FEAR, KOVASHA -
THE ULAPHON OF ARTIFICE, DEMELZE -
THE ULAPHON OF UNION, NELSHAN -
THE ULAPHON OF RAGE, ORIFLAMME -
THE ULAPHON OF TREACHERY, RADOMAJ -
THE ULAPHON OF OPPOSITION, NALDOROS -
THE ULAPHON OF BEREAVEMENT, BONAVERE -
THE ULAPHON OF KINSHIP, CLEMAT -
THE ULAPHON OF ANGUISH, VAMRUHAI -
THE ULAPHON OF INCONGRUITY, DHANYAMAT -
THE ULAPHON OF AUTHORITY, KABOKA -
THE ULAPHON OF REFUSAL, JALHAMPHIRAT -
THE ULAPHON OF SUPPLICATION, VOLMAYOON -
THE ULAPHON OF TRUTH, AULVADYR -
THE ULAPHON OF CONFIDENCE, GASPARDE -
THE ULAPHON OF SIGHT, FALMARAJ -
THE ULAPHON OF DISOBEDIENCE, OSTAVUR -
THE ULAPHON OF DECEPTION, ZALVANTIS -
THE ULAPHON OF RECKONING, ELDORETH -
THE ULAPHON OF TRANSFERENCE, SHADLEMAIRE -
THE ULAPHON OF READINESS, ASTAVALUR -
THE ULAPHON OF YOUTH, KALVUNNI -
THE ULAPHON OF PATIENCE, VEMPATA -
THE ULAPHON OF HASTE, VONDALUR -
THE ULAPHON OF HUBRIS, MALPHONSE -
THE ULAPHON OF FOCUS, KUNDALAS -
THE ULAPHON OF FORBEARANCE, RULTHARION -
THE ULAPHON OF BELIEF, GLIMMERDENE -
THE ULAPHON OF CONTRAST, VALKAYORNE -
THE ULAPHON OF OPPRESSION, HARNADUN -
THE ULAPHON OF DISPLACEMENT, HESTAROZE -
THE ULAPHON OF JUSTICE, VULAMSHIVAR -
THE ULAPHON OF INJUSTICE, MALKAVASH -
THE ULAPHON OF FAVOUR, ALMARETH -
THE ULAPHON OF JUDGEMENT, ZALMAPHAIRE -
THE ULAPHON OF ASSURANCE, VESHKA -
THE ULAPHON OF ADORNMENT, KALADEEN -
THE ULAPHON OF THOUGHT, TALMAVADIR -
THE ULAPHON OF CELEBRATION, KALDORIAS -
THE ULAPHON OF STORYTELLING, VALUSHANDRA -
And just as their forebears did, these entities, too, melded with one another, creating yet another generation (the fifth, including Olvisutar). These were known as The Resonants.
CHAPTER 7 - THE RESONANTS
WEAVERS OF POSSIBILITY
The Pearls Of The Primentity, THE RESONANTS, are so named for when two Ulaphon combine, they produce a singular, unrepeatable RESONANCE, resulting in the birth of an EVERLIGHT, known to us humans as a SOUL - condensed universal orbs of energy, each a part of and containing the entire universe, tracing back to The Evershaping, before even OLVISUTAR came into being. These entities, yourself included (for we, as Vessels, each contain a unique Resonant), are divine consciousnesses -
The Progeny Of Purest Divinity.
As the children of many generations of cosmic beings,
each Soul is born among the stars with an instinctive, driving NEED - to occupy a particular vessel that they, and they alone, resonate with. Upon their birth (and after briefly meeting their Soul-mates in the swirling beyond**), A Resonant assumes a temporarily closed shape. From this vantage, The Universe* - Which all Resonants are sentient shards of - Can consciously experience itself from every unique perspective possible. This is the purpose of every vessel: to inhabit a temporary form, tell tales from doing so (expressing the truth of their being), and once the mortal shell expires, rejoin the eternal, fundamental electricity of existence, from which Olvisutar themselves arose. As with the Aspects, there are Resonants without count, but here are some. Note: for relevancy's sake these are Resonant's whose vessels are human-shaped, though some flora, fauna and astral bodies are included as well. Sheyodi, a soul whose foremost energy is that of desire, lives within yours truly, Albert Chessa, an artist, designer and author. Alnari, a soul whose foremost energy is that of being, lives within my fiancée, Ray, a personal, spiritual, professional and business mentor. Tuja, a soul with the energy of knowledge or learning, lives within my old friend Tom, a writer and craftsman. Ranaja, a soul with the energy of singing or song, lives within my mother, Eirlys Chessa, a singer and songwriter. Janayo, a soul with the energy of wandering or travelling, lives within my father, Matteo Chessa, a director and outdoorsman. Thurva, a soul with the energy of hiding or deceiving, lives within a figure from my past. Arathis, a soul with the energy of fighting or conflict, lives within a figure from my past. Kolo, a soul with the energy of rejoicing or bringing comfort to others, lives within my friend Oliver, author and comedian. Urvâd, a soul with the energy of lusting or coveting, lives within a figure from my past. Dulmé, a soul with the energy of escaping or fleeing, lives within a figure from my past. Varulah, a soul with the energy of laughter or revelry, lives within my old friend George, a sportsman. Eluni, a soul with the energy of sleeping, lives within my old friend Cory, an author and scholar. Almaru, a soul with the energy of calming, lives within my sister Valentina, a craftswoman. Urza, a soul with the energy of silencing, lives within a figure from my past. Umaki, a soul with the energy of acceptance and understanding, lives within a tree in Canberra, Australia. Udaya, a soul with the energy of rejection. Kirsha, a soul with the energy of hating or despising. Uvoya, a soul with the energy of swimming or immersion. Ozyr, a soul with the energy of confession or honesty. Zuraj, a soul with the energy of unison or teamwork. Poyek, a soul with the energy of competition. Paloka, a soul with the energy of testing or hesitance. Zalopi, a soul with the energy of nervousness or anxiety. Mirros, a soul with the energy of attempting or trying. Eluva, a soul with the energy of feeling or experiencing, lives within my friend Nimai, a craftswoman. Nalar, a soul with the energy of celebration and self-effacing, lives within my friend Taraka, a musician. Yaxan, a soul with the energy of judging. Olmau, a soul with the energy of smiling, presence and empathy. To fulfil its birth-calling, a Resonant must re-discover their truth as who and what they are. An immortal soul's rebirth within a mortal vessel short-circuits its ability to immediately recollect its lineage. The Journey is one of rediscovering what is already there, and expressing it through their vessel's own uniquely idiosyncratic prism. Each soul's path is different. The first chapter of my Journey was to remember and recount The Creation Myth of my lineage, as I have done here, and in so doing begin to speak with my inner Resonant. The next chapter is to commune with my soul, Sheyodi, and with them tell the tales of the multitudinous realms they visited before we met. As an eternal entity, foreknowing of my vessel's time of ending, Sheyodi has made it known to me the number of tales my vessel will be able to express, with the time and energy that remain. - *Also the collective noun for all Resonant-kind. **Particularly fortunate Resonants are able to meet their Soul-mates in the same vicinity, across all possible dimensions, realities and timelines.Space
CHAPTER 8 - THE VESSELS
THE UNENDING ONES
"Imagination is not creation, but remembrance." - Sheyodi (The Resonant Occupying My Vessel)
The Speakers, The Channellers, THE VESSELS, are all the shapes and forms the Resonants chose to assume, in order for the universe to experience itself from all possible perspectives.
A Vessel may commune with their resident Resonant through a Communion called Creation.
ONE'S OWN RESONANT
In doing so with Sheyodi, my Resonant, This Creation Myth (or THE HIGHEST MYTH) was revealed to me, which I have entitled The Origin.
The stories Sheyodi has revealed to me (of their journeys across space and time, and the characters , places and events they found there), as well as those I have shared with them, are described on this site as a range of Stories (THE WIDER MYTHS), each of whom are connected by The Origin.
One hundred such tales comprise the foundations of THE QUANTUMYTH, the name that encompasses every tale ever told, from epic myth to brief folklore limerick.
The name ‘Quantumyth’ has two meanings. First meaning is, ‘the quantum sum of all myth’, as in what would happen if you melded all myth together? Joseph Campbell noticed the similarities, so I’m just making a creative exercise out of imagining what such a fusion would actually look like. Second meaning is ‘Quantum’, which is Latin for quantity and also refers to ‘one’s own sum’, and myth. So this is ‘my own sum of myth’, or in fewer words, my own myth.
These 100 Quantumyth Tales can be read on this very site. Click on each title to be taken to that story’s journal entry, which includes an extended synopsis, the story itself, and details and art for characters, locations and more, ending with an interactive glossary.
THE FIRST STORY, THE AEVA RANUR, THE HIGHEST MYTH, THE ORIGIN, you have read already on this pa:
The ever-occurring Creation Myth of The Quantumyth, ending with the birth of all Resonant-kind.
Following this is The EVERTELLING, THE KAERA RUNAVA, THE WIDER MYTHS -
a set of ninety-nine tales, derived from from these artifactual sources:
THE OLMANIS MANUSCRIPT -
THE ARENKU SCROLLS -
THE ELVASHI PALIMPSEST -
THE IYENDA CRYSTARION -
THE OROLAS TABLETS -
THE ARGA OMNILITH -
THE ELUVA STELE -
THE ALUVANDRAS RELIEF -
THE ERUVAYA GRIMOIRE -
None know from what source each QUANTUMYTH TALE derives.
All names, places and characters are the intellectual property of Albert Chessa © 2021