Legend of Goo


In the time before time, naught existed but endless stone. The endless stone was only broken by small air pockets, none more than a few blocks large and vast distances apart. In one of those caves, The Old arose, of endless wisdom and power. The first thing He did, He made time begin, for else the world could not be lived in. And then He looked upon the world and dispaired, as He was alone, and single gooblock can't live on his own.

For that, He sacrificed Himself, and from His remaints, in each and every cave of the world elementary goopool of The Ancients arose. The goopools then started discussing between each other how the world will develop, to not make the sacrifice of The Old come to dismay. But The Ancients, being direct descendants of The Old, didn't realize their goo was too corossive and they were making too much of it; sea of goo made the walls and floor of the caves to expand quickly, transforming them into the sacks of open air they are now. Eventually, the goo destroyed even the physical forms The Ancients, whose souls rose into the air, making the light of the caverns. The rest of the goo then quickly dissolved under the light. Remnants of the goo then sank into the cavern ground, forming the mineralogy of the caverns.

This could have been the end of goo, but something remained through it all. The Ancients managed to lay gooblobs of the next generation's elementary goopool, known as The Ancestors. Individual gooblocks from each ancestry line of The Ancestors are usually also referred to by their own names, The Wise (elders), The Guardians (travellers), The Creators (food-gatherers), The Parents (replicators), and The Sources (goo-productos). The Wise are the only ones who can communicate with their lineage of The Ancients, and through them, with other caverns where their telepathic powers, so weaker than those of their ancestors, can't reach. From them, they also learned the history of the world so they can pass it along. Meanwhile, The Creators roamed their caverns, creating all of the life, plant as well as animal as they were going. From their work, all of the current life descends. The Sources were meanwhile producing goo for the use of The Ancestors, as well as for The Creators to construct from. It is thus told that anything that lives now has a tiny bit of The Sources' goo in them.

But after the cavern was finished, The Ancestors found out they are still too powerful for the new life surrounding them, and so The Parents made their batch of gooblobs, whilst severely limiting the powers of the soon to be gooblocks. From the batch, The Original elementary goopool arose - the new gooblocks now mortal and similar to those that are now. The Ancestors then passed some of their knowledge upon The Original, before going of the cavern. Some of those arose between The Ancients, while others sealed themselves off along the borders of the cavern. Only The Guardians remained in the caverns, to watch over the life inside and protect it should some major danger happen. The Original and their descendants then populated the world, evolving along with the life around them, up to the point they are now.

Implications of the story:
  • Each Tera world is finite in all dimensions - goo only corroded away a finite amount of stone
  • There can be lots of different worlds completely unrelated to each other (they were always disconnected)
  • The story says how it usually went - worlds looking completely different are still possible (e.g. you don't want world with open air, but more of endless twisted caves - the air was not produced by a sea of goo eroding the stone away, but rather goo from gooblocks travelling around)
  • Explains old-way multiworlds fairly well - there was just more original caves closer to each other than usual
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