Scout's Three Rules
A few premises for the multidimensional traveler
As with any scientific discipline, it's good to establish a few axioms before setting out to understand the shape of the entire cosmoverse. Here are a few established by that great arcano-technical auto-golem Scout the First.
- Scout's First Law, The Law of Universal Finity. When exploring the cosmoverse, one will often hear, even from very experienced and intelligent travelers, that their universe is infinite either in time-like dimensions or in space-like dimensions. However, if a cosmoverse allows for dimensional travel, and is infinite in scope, then we must expect an infinite number of travelers! Since we have yet to encounter a universe with an infinite number of travelers, we must assume that each dimension we visit (which, by necessity must allow for cosmoversal travel) must be finite in both time and space.
- Scout's Second Law, Scout's Razor. It's often difficult to determine if you're on a new timeline, or simply a different place or time on a timeline you've already been to. Scout's Razor says for any two different points of space time, a traveler must assume that they are on the same line until a contradiction is discovered.
- Scout's Third Law, The Thor Principle. The inexperienced traveler generally assumes that each space-like dimension would have it's own time-like alternates. In other words, given two dimensions in the same multiverse, that if you discovered an alternate timeline for one dimension, that would be distinct from the alternate timelines for the other dimension. In fact, the opposite is true. The tendency is for time-like dimensions to encapsulate the space-like dimensions, not the other way around. This principle is named after the version of the Eternal Thor which occurs in the Marvel Multiverse. One would assume that Thor in the Marvel Universe would exist outside of the Earth's multiple timelines, since he is from another dimension, Asgard. But, when traveling to alternate earth timelines, the traveler also experiences alternate Thors, which goes to show that the alternate space-like continuums "Asgard" and "Earth" are encapsulated within the alternate time-like continuums.