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So, I have not gotten anything published yet, but I have had plans for future novels including the one I am most way done with at the moment. As for the Details: It's going to be a multiverse existing where an older world used to be. There are higher beings that were once mortal before taking a specific substance into themselves and now they are indirectly existing across all the realities making up the fundamental parts of each world, as long as each part falls within their 'domain' as it were. (with one exception, but that's another thing entirely)

The reason I describe this is that I was going to establish that any universe their direct conscious selves inhabited could have no alternate versions of itself, as there could only be one of each of these beings. No alternate timelines, no alternate realities.

So, the issue is that at one point I decided that one of them would have a child who eventually tries to go back in time in the world in which their parent lives. They were supposed to leave an artifact in the past that helps the people living there in a variety of ways leading up to when they are born. With help from a mortal friend of theirs.

Originally I thought that maybe there could be a sub-realm to help sort out issues, or that the parent being would bring the ideas of the individuals into the present of the past if they accepted them. Though I am not certain how to solve that quandary, especially since the child would also be one of those beings albeit a new and fresh one while the parent would be in the present future. Suggestions would be appreciated?

  • Hi ForrestEM, and welcome. I'm having trouble figuring out what you're really asking here. Are you asking how to handle time travel paradoxes in your story? – a CVn Jul 5 '18 at 17:45
  • I was just trying to figure out how to handle this one paradox, yes. – ForrestEM Jul 5 '18 at 17:47
  • More clarity, please - does the child time-travel back before the old world was split into a multiverse? Did "higher beings" inhabit multiverse as "normal beings" for a while, before becoming "multi" themselves? – Alexander Jul 5 '18 at 20:40
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    Hi @ForrestEM , this sounds like a worldbuilding question, not a writing question. You are asking about the rules of your "magic" system, not how this effects your story narratively. – wetcircuit Jul 5 '18 at 22:34
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    Get rid of the child? – Ken Mohnkern Jul 6 '18 at 14:42
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So, if I understand what you're saying: the rule that 'any universe their direct conscious selves inhabited could have no alternate versions of itself' could/would be violated if 'one of them would have a child who eventually tries to go back in time in the world in which their parent lives' and then remains there past the point at which they are conceived or born.

If this is indeed a firm rule that cannot be broken then you have several options, some of which are:

  • One of the versions cease to exist at the time of birth. Logically this would have to be the version that went back in time because if the baby ceased to exist then both version would be gone
  • There is a destructive event at point of conception/birth, similar to that which a meeting of matter/antimatter would engender
  • The alternate version would be instantly and automatically sucked back to their own timeline at point of conception/birth.

There are probably other possibilities, but these seem to me to be that main ones.

Good luck with this and future novels.

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