Dr. Arthur Stradwick's Study of the Metaphysical Nature of Life and Death
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Salutations. My name is Dr. Arthur Stradwick, from Universe Z-Chi-21, Multiversal Cluster E-37-Multiplex.

I am a scientist whose work has focused on the metaphysical nature of life, proving the existence of the afterlife and a cycle of life and death, and experimenting with said cycle.

In my studies, I have discovered immutable truths of my world, which turned out to be immutable truths of many other worlds. Thus, I was commissioned to submit this information to the rest of Existence.

Let us begin by stating that I have discovered the existence of afterlives, and a cycle of life and death. After this discovery, I asked the question of "why?" as in, why do we go to an afterlife? This led to my discoveries of the soul and many other fundamental metaphysical parts of life.

The Metaphysical Makeup of a Being:

I shall preface this section by stating:

The mind is contained in the soul, which is tethered to and contained in the body, which persists because of its vitality. This vitality is generated and diffused by a pump, and the mind and soul are connected to the body by a control. The final, and most integral part of my research, is that the soul holds a pass to the afterlife.

You may be wondering: "what the heck does any of this mean?!" Fear not, for I will tell you.

Mind: The rational thought, logic, knowledge, and wisdom that a being has gathered throughout its existence. Minds can be artificially constructed.

Soul: The personality, the feelings, and the consciousness of a being. A soul is much more difficult to artificially construct than a mind.

Tether: A metaphysical bond that connects the soul and mind to the body.

Pass: A pass which the soul holds that grants it passage to the afterlife.

Body: The shell in which all other parts are contained. A body is nothing more than a vessel, and it can be organic or inorganic, alive or dead.

Vitality: The lifeblood of all living beings. It is an essential force that keeps living beings functional and active, and sustains all of the parts of an organic body. It can be likened to the Chinese idea of "chi," a renewable source of life that will eventually run out.

Pump: A pump takes many forms, one of which may be familiarly known to you as "the heart." The pump produces vitality and diffuses it across the body, sustaining the physical life of the being contained within. Pumps are not a requirement for a body, as it is possible for souls to inhabit inanimate shells made of inorganic material, or dead bodies.

Control: The control is where the soul, and by extension the mind, is stored. The control connects to a conduit that diffuses the mind across the body, extending the awareness of the soul within to their physical body. A familiar example of this may be "the brain" and "the nervous system."

The Scale of Mortality:

Mortal —> Quasi-immortal —> Perimortal —> Nigh-immortal —> Immortal

Normal Mortal: Has all 8 fundamental parts. When the body runs out of vitality, the soul and mind are unbound from the body, and the soul uses its pass to enter the afterlife.

Quasi-immortal: Has no vitality, meaning that they cannot die from old age or disease (possibly because they are considered already dead.) However, they can be killed.

Perimortal: Has no pass. A soul and mind are called back to a body, regardless of whether or not the body has vitality, and is tethered to it. Souls and minds typically would escape back to the afterlife if resurrected this way, but these have had their passes taken from them, rendering them trapped in the mortal realm.

Type 1 Nigh-immortal: Also known as regenerative immortality, this being has an excess of vitality and if their old body dies, they can quickly regenerate it, whether by healing the old body or creating an entirely new one.

Type 2 Nigh-immortal: Has no tether, meaning that they can move freely to another body if their old one dies. They can be killed, but they cannot die (unless they choose to.)

Immortal: Immortal souls have endless vitality. Immortal souls also do not have a pass, because they have no need to go to the afterlife. The only exception to this would be a deity, who is free to go between the worlds of the living and dead as they please.

In this section, I will take examples of beings that fall outside of the traditional cycle of life and death and attempt to quantify them on the scale of mortality. Some of them will be exceptions.

Zombie: An umbrella term that refers to anything that persists in a facsimile of life after death. Some mindless, some not. This blanket would fall over quasi-immortals and perimortals.

Husk: The term that more accurately defines the traditional zombie, a husk is a body operating without a mind or soul. It is difficult to create a husk, as it is not known whether the control, the pump, or the combination of the both binds a soul to the body. Can be classified as a quasi-immortal.

Vampire: A vampire is a body without a functioning pump and hence no vitality, which must leech off of mortals or other living beings with functioning pumps. In addition, some vampires have lost their tether, allowing them to easily change their form. Vampires can be classified as either a quasi-immortal or a nigh-immortal.

Ghost: A soul and a mind without a pass, operating without a body. A ghost does not fall on the mortality scale, as it is fully dead, but has become lost due to an inability to enter the afterlife. Ghosts can be used to create perimortals, but not all perimortals were once ghosts.

Wendigo: A previously mortal soul that has had its pass taken from it or lost, and has chosen to steal a pass from another soul, a wendigo can be classified as a perimortal.

Artificial Intelligence: A mind without a soul. Can be contained in a body, or not. Has no need for a pass, as it does not have a soul to go the afterlife. An artificial intelligence can be classified as a quasi-immortal or a Type 2 nigh-immortal, depending on whether they have access to the ability to transfer to another body.

Artificial Sentience: An artificially constructed mind put into a body with a pump and control, which has somehow called to or generated a soul. Functionally inseparable from a mortal, and just as malleable.

With that done, I believe this initial dissemination is complete.
I will be returning to my research and may come back to this article to update the information as my advancements into the intermediary between life and death progress.

Thank you Multiplex, for allowing this information to be spread.

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