This is the third installment in a series of previews designed to introduce newcomers to Chronoplex. This is the last preview of the principles that make the Chronoplex possible. The next preview will begin a new series.
Temporal Fluidity and Rechronoration
When it comes to time travel, many linears buy into the “butterfly effect” theory. The argument is that the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil can set off a tornado in Texas. Basically, they’re saying that small changes at the start of events will cause big changes to occur in the long run. It’s an interesting theory. It’s also complete crap.
The first thing that any newbie to the plex should know is that linear history is not just a series of events that will always play out the same way. The timeline is organic and flexible. There are specific directions that the timeline favors and it will attempt to flow in those directions, but a tempor who returns to the same GTL will often see slightly different events that lead to the same conclusion. This flexibility in the timeline is known as temporal fluidity. Temporal fluidity allows spanners to travel across linear time without having to worry about disrupting the timeline. Let’s face it, if stepping on a flower in the past might somehow kill your grandmother in the future, you probably wouldn’t be too keen to go.
The second thing that newbies need to know is that the timeline can heal itself. As it was stated before, the timeline favors certain directions. So even if changes are made in the short term, time normally finds a way to go where it wants to go. This is known as rechronoration.
This does not mean that history can’t be changed; it can be. But it’s hard to change history long term because the timeline adapts and flows toward specific ends. In order to truly change history, someone would have to constantly, almost fanatically, nudge events toward their desired end. Sadly, there are people who try to do just that. More on them later.
Check back in two weeks for our next preview: Defining Time