The Pulse


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The Hexagon - Our Cosmos (Kraslika)- Vicino Prossimo, Fallar Prime, & Die - Baulopolis & Baulis Prime - B.C. & Alberta

This page lists some of the main locations in the novel, from largest to smallest.

The Hexagon / The Omnislocus / The Allspace

The largest known space is the Hexagon, Omnislocus, or Allspace. The Hexagon is made up of 216 Cosmic Eggs, each of which contains from 11 to 21 universes. The Cosmic Eggs are arranged in a hexagonal shape: 6 groups of 36.

Our Cosmos (Kraslika)

Our cosmos is called Kraslika, from the Slovakian word for coloured Easter egg. Kraslika is made up of 13 universes: our universe (The Violet Hoop) as well as twelve other universes, aligned on a Nord-Sood axis.

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The 2 most powerful universes — the Purple Pulse and the Black Pulse — lie at the opposite ends of the cosmos and are diametrically opposed in many ways. The other 11 universes are grouped into clusters or belts, all within the greater gravitational pull of the Purple Pulse and the Black Pulse.

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The Purple Pulse = powerful universe controlled by the Vicinese

Vicino Lontano = main galaxy

Vicino Prossimo = most powerful planet in the Vicinese Union of the Purple Pulse

Vicino Concordia = capital city

The Black Pulse = powerful universe controlled by the Fallarians

Fallar Ultima = main galaxy

Fallar Prime = main planet of the Fallarian Dominion of the Black Pulse

Fallar Discordia = capital city

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The Purple Pulse and the Black Pulse universes are the most ancient universes and are the furthest apart. They’re also by far the largest universes — each containing about 8 trillion galaxies. As such, they determine the largest Kraslikan revolution, indicated above by the largest of the broken lines. The Purple and Black Pulse universes aren’t rotating around the universes at the centre of this diagram; instead, they’re being held in a mutual binary revolution. Nevertheless, the gravity of the Middle, Nord and Sood belts helps to keep the two Pulses in mutual revolution.

The Milky Way is part of the Violet Hoop Universe, which is part of the Great Triangle, along with The Green Buzz and The Orange Hoop universes. The Great Triangle is held in a larger mutual rotation with the universes that constitute the Grey Phantom (The Crimson Stalk, Ataari Lok, and The Copper Tarn).

The distances between universe clusters are extreme yet not uniform. For instance, the Yellow Sky universe is thousands of times further from the Black Pulse than it is from the Frozen Skiff. The distances involved are literally and metaphorically astronomical. While we presently understand our known universe to be about 28.5 gigaparsecs wide (93 billion light-years), in the novel our universe (The Violet Hoop) is 85 gigaparsecs wide (277 billion light-years). (A parsec equals about 3.26 light-years; a light-year equals about 9.46 trillion kilometres).

The Great Triangle is so large that instead of using gigaparsecs (billions of parsecs) it would make more sense to use ‘exaparsecs’ (quintillions of parsecs). The distance between the Purple Pulse and the Black Pulse would require the use of ‘yottaparsecs’ (septillions of parsecs). One yottaparsec would equal 10^24 parsecs, that is, 10 to the power of 24 parsecs, or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 parsecs, or 3,260,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 light-years. Exaparsecs and yottaparsecs aren’t used in real-world astronomy because there’s nothing that large in the known universe.

Vicino Prossimo, Fallar Prime, & Die

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Baulopolis (capital city) & Baulis Prime (home planet)

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B.C. & Alberta

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