The Nexus Decade

Summary: A prose poem about the fratricidal, multiversal war of the gods, and those aspects they represent.

The Ten Gods of the Nexus have never been at rest. Arising from the esoteric Pantheon Scenario, this pantheon of eidolons of in the human soul are unyielding in fratricidal zeal. They each are the distilled essence of a primordial aspect: reason, spirit, and instinct. Their war was an intrigue of one beyond good and evil: The Engineer.

The Engineer builds machines and machinations alike, both of which can fail catastrophically.

Beneath the amoral architect likes the three Elder Gods, the primary executors and enforcers of the Scenario. Both beyond and beholden to it, they move as multifaceted Wardens, armed with Wisdom, Ambition, and Illusion.

The Sibyl sees all with oracular insight, save that she deigns to view. Through her Wisdom, the Scenario advances.

Naked ambition defines the Courtesan, whose insidious sophistry is thwarted by guileless simplicity. By her Ambition, the Scenario moves.

A thousand shadows and faces define the Trickster, yet each stokes a smoldering ember of truth. By his Illusions, the Scenario obscures.

Refined into psychological purity on an isolated world, the Pure Gods came of age knowing only each other and their elusive Wardens. Relative eons passed for these immortals, as each came to embody Reason, Spirit, and Instinct.

The Thinker's ingenuity is sufficient to challenge the gods, perhaps echoing another Engineer. His Reason is opposed by the Trickster's Illusions.

The Crusader's honest zeal empowers her defense, for she stood alone against the world. Her Spirit is opposed by the Courtesan's Ambition.

The Brute's ceaseless rage spurs from imagined slights, for he fears looking within. His Instinct is opposed by the Sibyl's Wisdom.

Between Elder and Pure gods, new alliances formed between generations. As the Thinker, Crusader, and Sibyl rallied behind Order, so too did their rivals rallied together under Ego. Wars raged indecisively across the multiverse, so the Scenario was adjusted. From this sprang the Wild Cards, adopted scions of feuding parents: Freedom, Control, and Serenity.

The Liberator sails seas physical and figurative, all to empower those denying their own might. Her Freedom is learned from the Thinker's inventiveness and Trickster's subterfuge.

The Tyrant binds his followers them with chains they unknowingly forged themselves. His Control is learned from the Crusader's might and Courtesan's scheming.

The Observer seeks only tranquility and peace in isolation, yet finds not even the dead have seen the end of war. His Serenity is learned from the Brute's nature and the Sibyl's vision.

As Freedom opposes Control, Serenity loses ground. Even as Order and Ego feud, the Wild Cards are bound to neither. All fight to answer a single question: What is the nature of the human soul?

Which of the Ten calls to you?