The Pop Enigma
Every ten years every living thing this zany character comes into contact with mysteriously pops into nothing.
50 million earth years later. 20 million multiverses away. A new planet is being born. Supernatural beings on this planet are taking shape from the still baking lava that has just come into contact with a liquid that fell onto this planet only a million years ago. Over the course of ten earth days the liquid has metamorphosed, generating a conscious sentient asexual mass that starts replicating itself. Each time it replicates itself, it refines its biological structure and that of its copies. Within two years a large populace civilization has come into being on a planet the size of the largest star in our multiverse (6th quadrant, multiverse #1037). By the tenth year of this civilization they’ve already developed teleportation, relative immortality and multi-consciousness connectivity. 50 years later, they discover the pop enigma in a universe hidden deep in the 20th quadrant multiverse. Precisely 3 multiverses away.
Their population now numbered 50 billion beings. By their calculation the pop enigma had swallowed up over 15 million multiverses since it’s beginning on planet earth. What was once a human earth man that literally swallowed up living beings had now become a metaphorical black hole in the form of a large piece of coal. Now, rather then only popping living beings it had evolved into causing anything from matter to dark matter to anti matter to disappear. It would obliterate a universe every three years. It was estimated based on the coals current rate of growth that the black coal would eventually meet their multiverse within 200 years.
The kendral(s) (plurality merely a formality given their uniform consciousness) had found a new quest. How would they stop this enigma/threat to their newfound yet advanced existence?
The first tests began only days after the enigma was discovered. Test 1: teleportation of several individual kendrals within the vicinity of the enigma. This test proved fruitful only because the individuals that came into contact with the pop enigma were connected directly to the the consciousness of the entire kendral civilization. Though those individuals were sacrificed all now knew what the experience was like to be zapped by this pop enigma. Over the next few months thousands of tests were conducted. On the third day of the third month they encountered a federation of star fleets that were surveying the outer edge of a universe that was about to be obliterated. Kendrals’ size compared to these other beings was miniscule. It proved humorous at first when trying to make contact for the first time. Especially when most of these other beings resembled nothing like the kendrals who resembled to everyone else like bloated amoebas.
The federation ships held a psychic conference which lasted less than five seconds. Especially fast as kendrals shared their advanced communication technology.
Research was transferred and a trans-multiversal research institute was started. Using kendral tech all living beings in the multiversal matrix were made aware of the impending pop. Adversely giving birth to the theory of universal survivalism. Kendrals decided to start analyzing communication between the stars. Stars are large amalgamous living beings whose communication between universes is well-known. Communicating with them takes millions of years of research and recorded data. The reason being that their language is far slower and rhythmic. I.e. It takes two nearby stars two million years to complete the phrase. “hello, how are you? A nice day today isn’t it?” and another three million to reply with “quite nice here. But rather too cloudy for my taste.” of course, star talk would be more tasteful and certainly richer in content. Content that spans aeons.
Therefore. Information from all races concerning the fluctuations and communications between stars was CCed to the kendral civilization.
Upon analysis on the first day it was clear to them what the stars understood of the enigma. Of course since all beings could now xpmmunicate across the entire galaxy, the observation was almost like an eternal standstill. All eyes on kendral research on the kendral planet.
The stars had anticipated the coming of the pop enima long ago and coordinated across vast multiverses that they must create beings that would help eventually solve this multicosmic event. Stars, with their inladen wormholes and communication portals to nearby dimensions become the transmitters of the most ancient signals of each universes birth and death and neoghboring universes. Their light pulses are shared.
Cut to the heroes of this story. An old woman and a young man. One is a transmultiversal time traveller. The old lady is a master of energy. They are trillions of years old. They have seen space and time warp. The ends of planets, galaxies, universes, multiverses and multiversal networks. Possibly the oldest sentient beings in reality.
They are here merely to spectate. Of course, they will be deeply confounded by the kendral solution to the problem of the pop enigma. But this pair have seen stranger multiversal enigmas indeed. They both live on a planet the size of a small island. And for the sake of this plot they’re humanoid. Over the aeons of their existence they have both developed senses that stretch out into the universe. They feel everything in all the possible fields of multiversal reality.
As they came here to spectate this certain pop enigma along their universe hopping trip. They were intrigued by the sentient beings in this particular multiverse quadrant. They had all successfully achieved one continuous consciousness across a whole quadrant. To be fair, this is the main reason why they came to this particular place. They sensed the oncoming of a multiverse that might actually be able to undo the effects of a universal enigma such as this.
The plot thickens.
Universe hopping was the first precautionary thing the kendrals suggested as a plan of action. The next option was to devise a way to neutralize the coal. Was there a substance or power in the multiverses that was capable of isolating the pop enigma?
This question was ever so subtle that it reached the ears of the two island planet folks. Immediately julon teleported to kendral planet and teleported the whole planets population into a reality that was almost completely created by julon. His universe bonsai. As the kendral planet was so small they fit floating and rotating at the top of julons finger tips. But all deeply connected to julons consciousness. Their conversation lasted two seconds. But the content was as follows.
“I’ve grown this universe for a trillion years. It has been my business to use this particular fabricated universe as a blueprint for my understanding of the multiplex universes.”
“what have you seen that has lead you to come here? ”
“my partner and I have roamed the I infini-plex for trillions of years. Your particular universe is peculiar to us in that you haveco e into contact with a rather weak anomaly.”
“yes. Your so-called pop enigma is weaker than ones we’ve seen before. Also, your universe has also achieved full complete multiversal psychic communication. That’s quite a feat. I haven’t seen anything like that in all my time travelling.”
“what is the best course of action?”
“look at this baby universe again. It’s cute and innocent. Galaxies thrive and pass away. Intelligences get splattered all over the individual cosmoses.”
They teleport back to the home of julon and sa krei sha.
“come look at this universe”
Over the next few days sa krei sha had magnetically shrunk the kendrals universal quadrant to the size of a small bead. And julon teleported them to the island. It took minutes before kendrals had fully understood the technology therein. Excited as they delved deep into data trillions of years old.
The kendrals eventually spent two years there. Replicating themselves to become smarter. More refined. Etc. The information opened up to them.
They found that the pop enigma is an example of when the law of the universe has been broken.