Dictionary of The Compendium
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Notice from the High Pagemaster:
The framework of Existence that the Compendium of Knowledge records is made up of many intricate pieces. On this page, you will find definitions, summaries, and further elaboration on the many parts that go into this Existence's framework.

Term: "The Compendium of Knowledge"
Meaning: Referring both to this entire bubble of Existence within the Non-Space and to the concept of a book that records the story of reality, The Compendium of Knowledge is one of the Laws of Reality. It is the manifestation of the High Pagemaster's doctrine that "fiction creates reality," meaning that all worlds deemed as 'fictional' are in fact real, and exist elsewhere in a place inaccessible to their Author or Readers. The Compendium of Knowledge invests a fraction of godhood in all sapient beings with the capacity for imagination, allowing them to literally create new worlds.

Within the framework of existence of this website, The Compendium of Knowledge typically manifests as an all-knowing and all-powerful book which contains the complete story of any fictional world it is found within. The book can be edited in order to alter the facts of that world's reality, and is thus incredibly powerful. An avatar of The Compendium is rarely found, and even rarer still does it play a role in the story of a world, due to the fact that oftentimes they are kept in the possession of a deity or overbeing and access is not granted to mortals. The most powerful iteration of The Compendium of Knowledge is known as the True Compendium and belongs to The High Pagemaster; it is, in practice, the entire contents of this website.

Term: "Higher order of infinity"
Meaning: The Compendium, though it records all of its known existence, is not the pinnacle of Everything. Beyond the existence the Compendium records are higher orders of infinity, extra layers of existence in which higher beings exist who are capable of creating lower orders of infinity such as the one the Compendium records.

Term: "Dear Reader"
Meaning: That's you! You are one of our dear Readers: a superontological1 being capable of reading the information contained in The Compendium of Knowledge. Also known to the inhabitants of several fictional worlds as "an Observer," you hold the ability to peruse and interpret for yourself every piece of information found in our Existence. You also hold the ability to contribute and remove parts of The Compendium's body of work, but we've found that you must be respectful to other dear Readers and The Author.

Term: "The Author"
Meaning: While this name also refers to an Eldritch One, The Author refers conceptually to the creator of a specific world found in The Compendium of Knowledge. It is not typically possible for inhabitants of fictional worlds to interact directly with The Author, unless The Author creates a self-insert. It is thought that the Eldritch One known as The Author, around which the Nexus of Imagination is constructed, is this reality's direct connection to the essence of every Author of The Compendium of Knowledge, who tend to be superontological beings. One person is capable of being both a Reader and an Author.

Term: "Microverse"
Meaning: A microverse, also known as a pocket dimension, is a universe that has been artificially created utilizing sufficiently advanced technology or magical spells. A microverse begins as a "lower order of infinity," or a "non-universe," but they will become integrated with the rest of the Multiverse if not properly contained and allowed to develop beyond a certain point.

Term: "Universal Designation"
Meaning: A system of naming universes devised by Gan Faltimer and used by other interdimensional travelers. Visit Gan Faltimer's Unified Theory of Creation for further elaboration.

Term: "Multiversal Cluster"
Meaning: A collection of various multiverses, each containing their own separate universes. These also have their own naming scheme. Visit Gan Faltimer's Unified Theory of Creation for further elaboration.

Term: "Pagemaster"
Meaning: A pagemaster is a sapience imbued in any iteration of the Compendium of Knowledge throughout Existence, which serves the purpose of being an interactive guide to the contents of the book. Who needs a table of contents when you can just ask a living book to find the information you seek? Each pagemaster of an avatar of the Compendium of Knowledge has a different personality, and they can only access the contents of their home universe's story.

Term: "The High Pagemaster"
Meaning: Distinctly different from an ordinary pagemaster, The High Pagemaster is the original author2 of the Compendium of Knowledge. She exists both as a character in The Compendium of Knowledge, and as an unknowable superontological presence on a higher order of infinity, speculated to be among the world of the dear Readers and The Author. Visit The High Pagemaster's Author Page for further elaboration.

Term: "Non-Space"
Meaning: Sometimes known as "Nowhere." The non-canon, acausal space outside of every multiversal cluster recorded in the Compendium of Knowledge. This space is not meant to be occupied by any being for extended periods of time, except for Eldritch Ones, Guardians of Existence, The High Pagemaster, and The Compendium of Knowledge. From Non-Space, one can access every world in the existence of The Compendium of Knowledge without traveling the Praexite Lattice, making it highly sought after by interdimensional travelers despite the incredible danger of existing in Non-Space. One may also travel the infinite expanse to find other Existences not governed over by The Compendium of Knowledge, though this is exceptionally difficult to achieve due to the length of eternity.

Term: "Eldritch One"
Meaning: Immortal beings that reside outside of all Existence, in the Non-Space. They do not adhere to the layering rules that dictate all deities and overbeings, and threaten to destroy every world in Existence. Though they are contained within the Eldritch Shroud and trapped in the existence of The Compendium of Knowledge, the Eldritch Ones seek to cross the infinite expanse of Non-Space to find other existences to consume. These existences may include the home reality of superontological beings such as the Readers and The Author.

Term: "Guardian of Existence"
Meaning: Tiny shreds of The High Pagemaster's true power that serve to protect all of Existence from the Eldritch Ones. Though they typically only watch over the existence of The Compendium of Knowledge, due to their non-canon, acausal nature and their presence outside of all conceivable realities, they are able to travel the infinite expanse of Non-Space to protect other Existences as well. Their primary function is to guard the Eldritch Shroud and keep out the Eldritch Ones, and guard several of the places that exist in Non-space, including The Grand Marketplace and The Nexus of Imagination.

Term: "Laws of Reality"
Meaning: From beyond Existence itself, within the Non-Space, the High Pagemaster is able to create and enforce Laws of Reality that apply to everything in all of the existence she presides over, due to the power invested in her by the Nexus of Imagination and The Author. Laws of Reality are separate from laws of physics, which vary wildly throughout the many universes of reality. Where many deities and overbeings can ignore the laws of physics, none can ignore the Laws of Reality.

Term: "The Praexite Lattice"
Meaning: One of the Laws of Reality, the Praexite Lattice is the structure that connects nearly every universe and multiverse in The Compendium of Knowledge together. Leylines constructed of raw Praexite and conceptual energy emanate outwards from every world in Existence, connecting them to all worlds their inhabitants have played a hand in creating and all worlds that played a hand in creating their own world. In exceptional circumstances, a universe may become disconnected from the Praexite Lattice. Travel between different universes in The Compendium of Knowledge is usually facilitated by traveling along the leylines of the Praexite Lattice, in the absence of the ability to enter Non-Space.

Term: "Layering rule"
Meaning: One of the Laws of Reality, the layering rule is a rule instated by the High Pagemaster to ensure the order of the Compendium's reality. A deity, overbeing, or avatar of The Compendium of Knowledge cannot affect anything that is not held in their jurisdiction. This means they cannot affect anything in other universes, multiverses, multiversal clusters, or on a higher or lower order of infinity. This restriction does not apply to foreign concepts that invade the reality over which a deity or overbeing holds jurisdiction over.

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