A blue-and-yellow starburst explodes onto the screen with a magical sound effect as the series’ theme music begins to play, a bit of oldie photon that’s catchy and evocative of cosmic mysteries and unspoken truths. After about a minute, as the music reaches its crescendo, the show’s title appears across the starburst in yellow.
Featuring Selliq the Seeker and her faithful companion, Lefty!
With special guest, Head Sage Takashi Tomoshiba.
After the final words appear on-screen, the music hits a deep bass note as the black screen and its brightly lettered words dissolve into a camera set that resembles an old warehouse, with a large, square-shaped stage beneath several high-powered UV lights. In the background, the walls of the chamber are illuminated purple with holographic stars. Standing on the stage is a ysoki woman, Interrobang!’s host. She waves curtly as she begins to speak.
“Welcome to another episode of Interrobang!, where we delve the mysterious myths of the multiverse and more! I’m Selliq, and this is my assistant, Lefty.” Selliq gestures to her left and a hover drone descends from outside the camera frame, its central body a blank holopad screen. As the drone enters the shot, an emoji appears on its facial display.
“Today, equal parts magical mysteries and quantum quandaries! We’re looking at Warpweave Theory, the magic that moves the multiverse.” As Selliq speaks, definitions write themselves in holo-chalk on a blackboard conveniently placed behind her.
“Warpweave Theory is essentially the idea that an infinite number of worlds exist. Picture, if you will, an ooze.” As Selliq tells her audience to picture an ooze, a small cart rolls in front of her from off-screen with a small ball of over-the-counter slime on it and a knife. Selliq picks up the knife nonchalantly as she stops the cart.
“This ooze represents our reality, and this knife represents internal actions taken by entities within that reality. The ooze hobbles along, growing and expanding at an expected rate as it enjoys its theoretical life when suddenly, a person living inside that reality makes a choice! Maybe they finally decide to have tacos for dinner instead of pizza, or maybe they decide to date the hunky jock from high school instead of the sensitive scientist they met in biochem 101. In any case, the choice is made, the die cast….” Selliq slices the ooze in half with her knife for effect.
“The ooze is split. The reason is simple—for every choice we make, a reality exists where that choice was not made. The science goes back to Azanian physicist, Ervellan Shrodemaven, and his famous and and always culturally significant thought experience, Shrodemaven’s Cat.” An illustrative portrait of Ervellan Shrodemaven appears on the blackboard as well as a square with a detailed drawing of a cat inside of it. Despite being a drawing, the cat is animated, bobbing its tail back and forth and meowing.
“In Shrodemaven’s Cat, Shrodemaven posited that if you place a cat inside a box and filled that box with poison, at a quantum level that cat is both simultaneously alive and dead until the box is opened and the cat inside observed. In observing the cat, we essentially split reality in twain. We create one reality where the cat is dead and one reality were the cat is alive and move into the reality that corresponds to the outcome that we observed. Both realities exists at the same point in space-time but at different molecular wavelengths. One becomes an alternate reality to the reality we experience.” As Selliq explains the most basic concepts of quantum physics, small drawings appear on the blackboard in tandem to her statements, such as a second box appearing with a dead cat, one of the box’s opening, and a drawing of multiple planet Tors overlaying upon themselves to represent the concept of two planets existing in the same space in different realities.
“This, of course, is a gross oversimplification of quantum physics, but understanding the basics is necessary to understand warpweaving. To help me explain—and maybe cast a spell or two while he’s here—I’ve invited longtime friend of the show and survivor of several episodes, Takashi Tomoshiba, to Interrobang!.” The camera pans to the right as Selliq invites her guest on-stage, zooming out slightly to accommodate for the difference in height between the plucky ysoki and her kitsune guest. Takashi stands just shy of twice Selliq’s height and is garbed in resplendent gold and crimson robes, the colors of the Radiant Imperium, with brown fur giving way to white on his lower jaw, neck, and torso. Most impressively, however, are Takashi’s nine elegant tails, which float in place behind him as he moves as though he were in zero gravity.
“Thank you for having on your show again, Selliq.” Takashi bows politely. As he does, a banner with his name and title—High Sage of the Arcana Lavos—frames him within the shot.
“Thank YOU for gracing us with your overwhelming expertise!” Selliq giggles. “Today’s topic is the Warpweave and its mystical implications. What can you share with us today, Tomoshiba-sama?”
“Quite a lot, actually, though probably not enough to make witchwarpers out of most of your audience.” Takashi grins as he steps in front of Selliq’s blackboard, several of his tails picking up pieces of chalk and writing their own notes as Takashi speaks rather than rely on Interrobang!’s animations.
“Everything you’ve said about quantum theory—and by association, Warpweave Theory—is correct, Selliq, but ultimately too small in scope. You see, current quantum theorists believe that any event, when observed, creates alternate universes. For example, a leaf falls from a tree and you observe its descent. In that instant, an infinite number of alternate universes are created for every possible path that leaf takes from the branch it fell from all the way down to the spot of ground it landed on. As a result, there are an infinite number of realities that are quite similar to our own. However, small variations exist, and as multiple variations occur within a single possibility, that reality moves further and further from what you might call the “sacred deviation” of reality, or the hypothetical most real reality. The “prime reality,” if you would. For instance, let’s say the most real reality is the one where this little life falls right at the base of its tree. Over countless deviations, one reality at a time, one version of this reality—one possibility, if you would—has our life landing several yards away onto the windshield of a speeding hover truck. And suddenly, an infinite number of additional alternate realities are born based on how the truck’s driver reacts to the leaf’s sudden presence. If he crashes, an infinite number more regarding the size of the crash, who’s involved, whether people live our die. Every event, no matter how insignificant, creates, an infinite number of possibilities destined to spiral away from our own observed outcomes.” As he speaks, Takashi’s tails draw a jumbled mess of hypothetical solution that form a spiraling pattern with his so-called “prime reality” at its center.
“Fascinating!” Selliq pips. Takashi nods in response.
“Quite! Many scientists even believe that observation can retroactively create alternate universes. In Heckruta’s Dinosaurs, Rograw Heckruta posited the idea that Toran dinosaurs were simultaneously feathered and unfeathered until cloning technology became advanced enough that we could scan fossils to determine the truth. The moment that information was observed, we all slid into the reality where Toran dinosaurs are fathered while alternate realities where they did not possess feathered came into existence.”
“:dinosaur_raptor: :quill: ❗ ”
“What Lefty said! You mean that scientists accidentally created alternate realities just by determining whether or not Toran dinosaurs have feathers?”
“Yes.” Takashi nods. “An infinite number of alternate realities, in fact.”
“Does that mean that we accidentally create alternate realities whenever we determine something we observe isn’t true?” Again, Takashi nods his head in response.
“That is a implication, but to put it simply, yes.”
“:gasp: :scream:” Takashi nods as he glances at the drone’s emotes, continuing his lecture.
“This property of reality is the essence of how Warpweaving, or dimensional magic, works. A spellcaster makes an observation about their reality and, in making that observation, creates an alternate reality that their magic either emulates or outright steals from. In general, the more complicated the deviations from our reality, the more difficult the spell is to cast.”
“This is FASCINATING, Head Sage!” The ysoki beams, barely about to contain her excitement. “But can we … perhaps … have a practical lecture? With some spellcasting? Maybe?” Selliq clearly struggles to contain her excitement, causing Takashi to grin mischievously.
Selliq Mansterium . . . . . . . . . . Selliq Mysterium
Human Selliq . . . . . . . . . . Selliq Mysterium
Tengu Selliq . . . . . . . . . . Selliq Mysterium
Vesk Selliq . . . . . . . . . . Selliq Mysterium
Baby Boy Selliq . . . . . . . . . . Selliq Mysterium
Baby Kitsune Selliq . . . . . . . . . Selliq Mysterium
Tomoshiba-chan . . . . . . . . . Selliq Mysterium
No existences were altered without consent during the filming of this programming.
Interrobang!, Selliq, and Takashi Tomoshiba belong to Everybody Games and are used with permission. You can read more about Selliq and Interrobang! in Pop Culture Catalog: Infosphere Shows.