The Tree of Realms Picture

The universe that contains my metahumans and such(…) is connected to 10 other universes. These are the "realms" spoken of in Norse mythology. Some that show up in the tree(Called Yggdrasil) don't appear in this interpretation. This is explained as the people trying to fit the realms more into line with well-known religious tradition(e.g., the Helheim realm was their version of Hell). Some that appear in this version, inversely, aren't in Norse myth. The explanation for this is a mixture of miscommunication, lack of attention, and a desire for simplicity(The Norse Yggdrasil had only 9 realms generally).

Each realm is also associated with a specific quality, which is also tied in with an identifying color, gemstone, and Ke(Energy beings that appear in most of my fiction that allow near omnipotence. Though they're only associated with the color, they don't actually live in that realm or give power to those people specifically).
Side Note: Unlike the colors of the spectrum of the Lantern Corps in the DC universe, no color is associated with a quality that is inherently negative. However, a few represent qualities that aren't inherently good either, and so can go either way.

Generally recognized groupings:
The Five Realms of Power - Asgard, Ivisalh, Stjalo, Eynrej, Niflheim
The Three Adversaries - Asgard, Eynrej, Niflheim
Trifecta of Liberty - Ivisalh, Stjalo, Elskgard
The Five Peaceful Realms - Midgard, Nornheim, Jotunheim, Rhajante, Mimirvor
The Realms of the Eight Champions* - Ivisalh, Stjalo, Elskgard, Midgard, Nornheim, Jotunheim, Rhajante, Mimirbor
*These eight realms aren't always seen as legitimate as the other groupings, because it depends on the friendship of 8 individual heroes. Also, the eight of them often find themselves divided into a group of 3 and 5, just like the other groupings.

Asgard - Asgard is a powerhouse - believed to be the most powerful of the 11 realms. The principle pantheon of the Norse peoples
lived in Asgard - the "Garden of the [Gods]". However, their most principle gods, such as Thor, were especially
respected by those norsemen whose profession was plundering and warring - Vikings. This reflects on the beings they
worshipped. Not truly immortal, but rather extremely powerful and advanced mortals, Asgardians live under an
extremely tyrannical and oppressive government.In this government the ruling class are cruel and violent. The prince,
Thor, and the King, Alfather Odin, are not content to rule over their own people. They continually strike against the
other realms, trying to set themselves up first by claiming to be gods, and by overwhelming force if that doesn't work.

Representing the quality of power, Asgard is often colored as black. This also means that it's stone is Obsidian. It's
the only realm representative of a deceased Ke, namely, Atrus.

Ivisalh - Perhaps only less powerful than the Asgardians, the Vefolk of Ivisalh were known by the Norse as the Vanir of Vanaheim.
By all rights they shouldn't be as powerful as they are. Their civilization is half as old as the Asgardians, but they're
more than half as powerful. The reason is that they focused their Ke science - the study of Ke energy and how to use
it - through a broader lens. They focus on learning more, and advancing the lives of their people. Through this, they
use their Ke-favor for building, clairvoyance, and ave a powerful army of casters and ke-tappers.

Their science and pure ingenuity means that Ivisalh represents the quality of creativity. This quality is represented by
the color violet, and is therefore connected to amethys, and the Ke named Ualices.

Stjalo - Though the Norse merely called them Elves, living in a world called Alfheim, the people of this realm are much more. Truly
called the Jora, they named their realm Stjalo. It carries the meaning of being destined for war. This is because they
are the realm that connects to Asgard, as well as two others that are warring against them. The armies of Stjalo are
locked in nearly eternal battle. They fight, not only for themselves, but being the world that connects the Five Realms
of Power to all the others, they fight to keep the others safe too. Stjalo, not Asgard as the Norse mistakenly believed,
is also where the Valkyrie originates from. Once in a while, a special member of the female army(Or even a powerful
female from another realm) is chosen to be given wings, the power of flight, strength, agility, great reflexes, and a
ke-bonded bow with infinite arrows.

With their zeal for justice, and power in war, it's no wonder the Jora of Stjalo represent the quality of passion.
Because of this, Stjalo is symbolized with the color red, like garnet. This realm is the only one benevolent toward earth
that is associated with a corrupt Ke - Raubia.

Eynrej - Naming their realm with a word carrying the concept of bitterness caused from being alone, the Norse called the people
of Eynrej Dark Elves. They also called their world Svartalfheim, or "Home of the Dark Elves". But those that live in
Eynrej, the Sirephae, like the physically similar Jora, are not simply elves. However, they are corrupt; they are
ceaselessly trying to invade Stjalo, and take their lands. Thankfully for the Jora, the Sirephae are even weaker than
they are, never mind the Asgardian armies. This means that they have not yet succeeded in occupying Stjalo. They
claim that attacks from the realm beyond them i what pushes them into Stjalo, always trying to take their home so
that they might be safe from their attackers.

Determination is the quality that is shown through their continued assaults on Stjalo. The color that represents
determination is orange, like the amber of tree sap. The Ke associated with orange is Lute.

Niflheim - The Norse named this realm, the land of mists. It was said to be cold. And visiting this place, it is easy to see why they
were told these things. Instead of ice, it's cold because there are much fewer stars and planets. And most matter here
is in the form of gaseous clouds, likely the origin for the "mists". This realm is very quiet in the drama that is
unfolding across the five realms of power. Most of the few civilizations here are as primitive as can be, except for one.
Leaps and bounds ahead of the others, they claim their god Nhot(Their word for Silence) helped them grow to this
point. Though claims to a deity may seem dubious, it is interesting to note that their mythology is one of the incredibly
few that doesn't mention Asgardians as gods, but merely as those who tried to set themselves up as gods, and were
run off by Nhot. Neither Nhot nor his people seem to have any care about the name of their realm, therefore the name
given by the Norse is what remains.

Those approaching Niflheim often feel a sense of fear, an overwhelming urge to be cautious. This quality of caution
being associated with Niflheim, it is symbolized in yellow. This yellow color is like citrine, and is the color of the Ke
called Phlau.

Elskgard - Moving downward from Stjalo, right in the middle of the trunk sits a realms never spoken of in Viking legends.
Elskgard is inhabited by a race of tiny humanoids, ranging from 5 inches to a foot tall, with insect-like wing who call
themselves Faeris(Likely where the myth of the "Fairy" came from). While powerful with Ke energy, perhaps as
powerful as the Jora, they aren't considered a power, simply because they use their Ke science for healing, and
peace. However, they form a sort of trifecta with Ivisalh and Stjalo in the war against Asgard, Eynrej, and Nifleheim.
while the Jaro are the front-line warriors, and the Vefolk are in the back supporting them and fighting every way they
can, the wounded fall back, sometimes all the way to the healing gardens of Elskgard, for treatment.

Elskgard is not just a place of peace, but a place where people come to be cared for and supported. Because of this,
they are seen as a symbol of care and love, and represented by the color magenta, like tourmaline. The Ke associated
with these same things is Rosyn.

Midgard - At the very base of the trunk is Midgard. In this universe humanity sits. Long ago they were visited by the Asgardians,
and ruled by what they believed were gods. Only when the Jora rose up against the Asgardians did they finally leave
earth, both because they needed to focus their might, and because Stjalo was the way to earth. Of course, humans
themselves named their realm Midgard, and so it remains. Though humans are not in general powerful like the above
worlds, a large group of special heroes is constantly growing there, meaning that the balance of power is poised to

Being at the base of the tree, and with it's own powerful army on the rise, Midgard represents balance, and the hope
for equality in the future. Balance is symbolized by the color green, like emerald. This this are representative of the
Ke named Uirest.

Nornheim - Like Elskgard, Nornheim exists not on the Yggdrasil of the Norsemen. It is a quiet realm, where not much happens,
but it is inhabited by beings made entirely of stone. Called the Nornrok, these 15 foot high behemoths are very old,
and very wise. They have no biological functions, and so it is said that they were created by someone with a powerful
grasp of Ke energy, binding the stones together and giving them life. In addition to strength, they have weak
clairvoyance, and the ability to control earth.

With their mountain-like qualities, the Nornrok, and Nornheim itself, represent stability. This quality is represented by
brown, and the gem axinite. Vusk is the Ke associated with brown.

Jotunheim - Named for the Jotnar that live there, Jotunheim is a land of peaceful giants. They live a life like humans did just
before the industrial revolution, enjoying the beautiful night sky and the joys of being close to nature. Growing nearly
70 feet tall, the Jotnar were rumored to have once spent time in Asgard, only to be kicked out soon after. Jotunheim
Nornheim are unique in that they also connect to each-other, and not just the realm they spring from.

Living in peace, Jotunheim is often seem in blue to represent serenity. This coincides with the sapphire gem, and the
blue ke, Cæru.

Rhajante - The Vikings would be disappointed to visit what they called Muspelheim, the land of fire giants. In fact, Rhajante is a
land of fire, but it is populated with dwarves, from 3 to 4 feet tall. But don't be fooled. Along with it's dwarf
inhabitants, Rhajante is perhaps the most powerful of the Five Peaceful Realms. Their forges use the lakes of lava to
create incredible weapons and machine, sometimes even with Ke energy bonded to it. In fact, on occasion, the
Asgardians have come down to Rhajante to force them to make them some sort of device. The heat of the world
also sterilizes it, and no dwarf has ever died of infection.

Because of this lack of bacteria, or virus, and the fact that Rhajante is the farthest Ke-using civilization from Asgard,
it has come to be a symbol of purity. Seen in white, it's crystal is quartz, and it's Ke is Elbion.

Mimirvor - The legend says that Mimir drank from a special well, and became the wisest of all the Asgardians. However, one day,
when on his way to some sort of diplomatic situation, Mimir was beheaded. The head was kept alive, and brought to
Asgard so that it could keep dispensing wisdom to Odin. In reality, Mimir had become friendly with humanity, and the
Asgardians came up with this myth to explain his disappearance. They'd begun to fear Mimir's wisdom, and that he
would not remain loyal, but instead help the humans. So they forced him into the uninhabited realm, orever to be
imprisoned there. They opened a permanent portal at the bottom of a very deep well, at the point on earth which
most often faces Mimirvor, and he sat suspended in the blank white nothingness, with plenty of time to think about
all the things he knew.

Inhabited by one person, the wisest of all Asgardians, Mimirvor is a symbol of understanding. Because of this, it's
"color" is known as prism, or clear, and is symbolized by diamond. The Ke associated with it is Luscit.

The Realms of the Eight Champions are associated by the eight heroes that come together to fight on Midgard, and other realms. these are as follows:

•Wizard(Nidron) of Ivisalh
•Valkyrie(Herja Abjorndottir) of Stjalo(Originally from Midgard)
•Astra of Elskgard
•Redshift(Ryker Gudrunson) of Midgard
•Keystone(Setja) of Nornheim
•Titan(Vost'r Goburrson) of Jotunheim
•Smith(Molnhrede Otrson) of Rhajante
•Mimir of Mimirvor

Often the first three, Wizard, Valkyrie, and Astra find themselves working together in the war against the corrupt realms, while the other five often work together to save the Five Peaceful Realms. But on occasion they find the time to all work together.

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