Many thousands of years ago, only one universe had existed. On one planet
only in that universe was there life. The end of its evolutionary path was
a species that resembled humans. These had attained a science vastly
exceeding anything Earth had ever known. Eventually, they had been able to
make artificial pocket universes.
So knowledgeable and powerful were these beings, they were able to alter
the laws of physics governing each individual pocket universe. Thus, the
rate of acceleration in a fall toward the center of gravity could be made
different from that in the original world. Another example, one pocket
world might contain a single sun and a single planet. The World of Tiers,
for example. This was an Earth-Sized planet shaped like a terraced Tower of
Babylon. Its tiny sun and tiny moon revolved around it.
Another universe contained a single planet which behaved like the plastic
in a lavalite bottle. Its shape kept changing. Mountains arose and sank
before your very eyes. Rivers were formed within a few days and then
disappeared. Seas rushed in to fill quickly forming hollows. Parts of the
planet broke off -just like the thermoplastic in the liquid of a lavalite
bottle- whirled around, changing shape, then fell slowly to the main body.
Many of the Thoans or Lords, as the human beings came to call themselves,
left the original universe to live in their artificial pocket universes or
designer worlds. Then a war made the planet unfit for life forever and
killed all those living on it. Only the Lords inhabiting the pocket worlds
Thousands of years passed while more artificial universes were made by the
Lords living in those already made at the time of the war. These were
inhabited by the life forms that the Lords had introduced on the planets of
their private cosmoses. Many of these forms had been made in the
laboratories of the Lords. There were other humans than the Lords on these.
But these lesser beings had been made in the laboratories, though their
models were the Lords themselves.
Access to these pockets worlds was gotten through "gates". These were
interdimensional routes activated by various kinds of codes. As the Lords
became increasingly decadent, they lost the knowledge of how to make new
universes. The sons and daughters of the Lords wanted their own worlds, but
they no longer had the means to create them. Thus, as was inevitable, there
was a power struggle among them to gain control of the limited number of
By the time "The Maker of Universe" begins, also time period of THOAN RPG,
many Lords have been killed or dispossessed. Even those who have their own
universes want to conquer others. That they can live without aging for
hundreds of millennia means that most of them have become bored and
vicious. Invading other worlds and killing the Lords there has become a
If they cannot create, they can destroy.