Beyond Time: Appendix 1
Time-Error is essentially a secondary time axis, perpendicular to the normal time axis.
- Only time portals and locations outside the axis of time (such as the End of Time, the inside of the Black Omen, or the Darkness Beyond Time) exhibit a flow of Time-Error.
- Time portals within the standard time axis flow through time and Time-Error at equal rates.
Example - A time portal is created at time X and Time-Error 0. At time X+T, the Time-Error of the Portal is T.
- The perception of time in locations outside the time axis is actually a flow of Time-Error.
Example - A traveler enters the End of Time at Time-Error T. He spends a length of time* U at the End of Time. He exits at Time-Error T+U.
- When a traveler enters a time portal, the Time-Error of the location at which they exit is the same as the Time-Error at which they enter, and the time at which they exit is determined by the Time-Error.
Example - Two time portals exist, one at time X at Time-Error 0, one at time Y at Time-Error 0. A traveler enters the latter portal at time Y+T. Since the Time-Error of this portal is T at time Y+T, the traveler arrives at Time-Error T of the former portal. Since this Time-Error corresponds to time X+T, the traveler arrives at time X+T.
- When a traveler travels to a time portal from a point outside the axis of time, they arrive at the same Time-Error as the Time-Error from which they left, and the corresponding time.
- When a time-traveling device (such as Epoch) is used to travel through time from within the time axis, the Time-Error of one of the portals existing at the exit point is recorded. The exit location can only be a time when a portal exists. The recorded Time-Error is used to determine the exact time of arrival.
Example - Two time portals exist, one at time X at Time-Error 0, one at time Y at Time-Error 0. A time-traveling device is used to travel to the former portal's time at time Y+T. The Time-Error of T is recorded from the latter portal. The time-traveling device arrives at time X+T.
- When a time-traveling device is used to travel through time from a point outside the time axis, it can only reach a time when some portal exists. The exact time it arrives is determined by the Time-Error at which it left.
Note: When using any relative time term as it relates to Time-Error, I follow it with an asterisk (*).
Example - time*
Refers to the Q Continuum of Star Trek. When lesser beings visit it, they are unable to comprehend its true nature, so they see it as a metaphor using something with which they're familiar (such as a way-station on an abandoned highway or a battle site of the American Civil War). The End of Time and The Bend of Time may work like this, too. The rooms and ornaments travelers see probably don't actually exist there, but are created by the travelers' minds as a metaphor for their convenience.
From: Beyond Time