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The World Of Souls

World-soul (sometimes world soul)[1][2] is the name given to the powerful, nascent soul of a titan. The first and most vulnerable stage of a titan's life, world-souls originate as masses of energy spun out into the Great Dark Beyond at the moment of its creation, eventually finding comfort in the warmth of a sun. In time, a planet coalesces around the newly-formed world-soul, protecting it as it grows.[3] The soul slumbers for ages within the planet's fiery core, suffusing the planet with their energies as generations of life live and die upon it before eventually awakening as a living world. World-souls only exist within a small number of planets scattered throughout the Great Dark.[4]

The World Of Souls

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Speaking to a world-soul is not like speaking to a mortal, which is why Azeroth needs Magni Bronzebeard as her Speaker.[5] Magni says that Azeroth does not speak to him in words but in feelings, like the feeling of a crumbling mountain range, a deep dark sea, or a sunrise.[6]

The first known world-soul to awaken was Aman'Thul. When he awoke, he set out to find others of his kind, rousing them from their slumber until they matured into full-fledged titans and joined him in his search. Aman'Thul and his siblings would become known as the Pantheon, and together they would order countless worlds in the hopes of finding more of their kind. Despite their efforts, the titans discovered fewer and fewer world-souls during their travels. They were not disheartened, however, for they knew that they had only explored but a small corner of the immeasurably vast Great Dark Beyond.[4]

The void lords, jealous of the titans' power, had always wanted to corrupt one of them and make it their own. However, the titans were too powerful and completely oblivious to their efforts of corruption, which proved futile. The void lords instead decided to go after titans when they were still in their most fragile, vulnerable state when they were still slumbering world-souls. They pooled their energy to create the Old Gods, charged to find and corrupt nascent titans throughout the Great Dark. Not knowing which planets contained world-souls, the void lords hurled their creations out into the cosmos in the hopes that some would smash into a planet that contained one.[7]

Inert or not, the Pantheon had vowed to maintain and protect all worlds they visited. To do so, they empowered primitive life-forms to uphold the integrity of their ordered worlds. The Pantheon also embedded colossal machines in the surface of these worlds. Through these devices, the titans could monitor them, and purge them of life should their evolutionary paths succumb to disorder.

To aid the Pantheon, Aman'Thul called upon a mysterious race known as the constellar. These celestial beings observed the many worlds ordered by the titans, staying vigilant for any sign of instability. When it was necessary, the constellar could initiate a fail-safe procedure to scour life from a world in the hopes of resetting its evolutionary process.[4]

When he returned to the Pantheon to tell of his discovery, Sargeras was chastised by his brethren, who insisted that they may have been able to save the world-soul without killing it. It was this event that later led Sargeras to form the Burning Legion in an attempt to prevent the void lords from ever spawning a dark titan.[8]

After Sargeras' departure, his colleague, Aggramar, continued his work. One day, as he was wandering in the Great Dark, Aggramar heard the tranquil dreams of the most powerful world-soul yet discovered: Azeroth. To his horror, he discovered that the planet had already been claimed by the Old Gods, though the defenseless titan within remained as yet untouched. After Aggramar and Eonar convinced their brethren to save Azeroth from corruption, the Pantheon crafted the titan-forged to do battle against the Old Gods, before eventually imprisoning them deep beneath the surface of the planet.

Star Augur Etraeus showed the class order armies, who led the assault on the Nighthold, the monstrosities of the universe. He used his stellar observatory to project desolate regions of the Great Dark Beyond, where at least three planets entirely consumed by the Old Gods could be seen (see the picture above). These are not necessarily planets with world-souls, as the Old Gods were sent to as many worlds as possible in order to find one containing a soul.

It's not only the Void who sought the corruption of a world-soul for their own purposes. The Jailer, an entity of Death, also sought the use of a world-soul to use as a weapon. In this case, though, his intention was to have it disable the Arbiter of the Shadowlands and allow a steady stream of souls to flow into his prison, the Maw. To this end he had his ally Denathrius command his most loyal minions, the nathrezim, to convince Sargeras to corrupt the world-soul Argus with the power of Death. For Sargeras, this offered him greater control over the regenerative abilities of demons killed outside the Nether. But for the Jailer it was just another step in his ages long plan to reforge reality. Ultimately the nathrezim were successful in their task and, upon his death at the hands of mortals, Argus' death corruption prevented him from returning to the Plane of Order and instead sent him into the Shadowlands where he disabled the Arbiter.

It was also demonstrated by Zovaal that world-souls have other uses besides creating titans, corrupt or otherwise. They are a source of immense power, with the particularly potent world-soul Azeroth being of greatest interest to others. It was shown that Azeroth, at least, contained enough energy to power the Machine of Origination in Zereth Mortis' Sepulcher of the First Ones. This device of the mysterious First Ones was used in the original ordering of the cosmos after their creation, and Zovaal sought its use in recreating reality to serve his will. Though the plot was foiled by the Maw Walkers, it gives some insight into other potential uses world-souls have.

The World of Souls (魂の世界, Tamashī no Sekai) is the name of the afterlife in the world of Toriko. The only ways to enter this domain are either through the Food Spirit Doors or death; however, living beings cannot enter the doors for the world beyond because it does not have a flow of time like the living world.[1]

The Back Channel is a lesser realm created by superphotonic speeds making tears in the barriers between the physical world and the World of Souls. It is tied closely to the World of Souls, and can be accessed by living beings to avoid dangers or reach locations at a faster rate and while in the Back Channel living beings may be able to see the souls that lie beyond.[1]

A proper description of the World of Souls is almost impossible give due to that this world is not limited by the restrictions of space and time, and can constantly change at any time. However, there have been instances in which a spirit and their realm have been seen in the Back Channel, often showing the World of Souls as an identical world to that of the physical realm however the key difference between the two is that the world seems much darker in that there seems to be no visible sky; whether this is just the Back Channel's appearance or if the World of Souls looks like the Back Channel remains uncertain.

Despite not being a physical domain, it is shown that certain creatures capable of physical interaction can exist here, such as the Casket Crab,[5] which itself houses its own inner world (possibly just a portal into the Back Channel) where extinct creatures are preserved.[6] Although whether it is a spirit or some other form of being is unknown.

The mystery behind the World of Souls lies in the fact that despite being unseen, it exists in parallel to the land of the living meaning that even when one cannot see creatures who are within the World of Souls, the Food Spirits that reside within the world are more than aware of the other side and what is happening around them.

The first method of entry is through the use of the Back Channel; however, this method does not actually take one to the World of Souls, but merely allows them to perceive it. Living beings cannot enter the World of Souls under any circumstance as time does not flow here which is the reason for this world's other name, Time Zero (タイム0, Taimu Zero). Because time does not flow here, physical beings cannot exist within it. As such only a disembodied consciousnesses, such as Food Spirits, or beings in a death-like state (which can be induced through Knocking) can freely enter the World of Souls. Those who enter the world for the first time will be completely befuddled and unable to even grasp what is happening around them with no sense of time or awareness, but eventually spirits who enter the realm will be able to adapt to the environment and gain a personally perceived sense of physical time, allowing them to perceive the World of Souls.[1]

The second method of entry is through the Food Spirit Doors, located on the three islands that make up the geography of Area 6 and with a fourth door hidden beneath the depths of Area 6's seas. These doors are special gateways which may allow a person to enter the World of Souls but also allows Food Spirits to travel to the physical world as well in order to posses the bodies of the living. This method of entry is much more difficult than the first method shown as the entrances are located within the dangerous areas of Area 6. The three islands which harbor the Food Spirit Doors are surrounded by either destructive weather phenomena or extremely powerful and deadly beasts. The fourth door is known to be the safest entry as it is located within the lands of an ancient civilization hidden beneath the waters of Area 6, Blue Grill. Despite being the safest door, the fourth door is still difficult to locate as Blue Grill is located within the Black Triangle, and within the Black Triangle swims a member of the Eight Kings, the Whale King Moon. Despite this, the doors can also not be entered by physical beings and is simply the easiest way for a spirit to leave or return to the World of Souls. As such if a living being wishes to enter, they may have to give up their life.[7][1] 041b061a72


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