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##### Chrono Cadet

The empirical experience of "time," is that which the collective mass majority agree upon. Let me explain further, and what the implications are.

In present reality (which I will call P) there are certain causality events that are indisputable. These are things such as the big bang, eclipses, transits, solstices, etc. Anything that is not a fixed point is a flux point that can potentially be changed.

It's also important to note that some flux points can be "stickier" or more rigid depending on the event. Take the US Presidential elections as an example, which occur periodically every 4 years. They are not fixed points, but they do have enough rigidity that you can mostly count on them.

Adam is a cadet. Reality to him is P

Were Adam to go back and kill his grandfather, he would find himself at odds with the empirical because P'

What does this mean?! It means you take a hard fork in the road. Classic grandfather paradox.

But what's the impact? The impact is the difference between P'

To begin calculating the divergence, P'

Quantifying divergence can be subjective and is messy. Estimating is much easier.

WHEN you're measuring and for HOW LONG also matters. The Aztecs got that right. I may elaborate later.

To communicate divergence in a common language, we can assign point values to sets.

In practicality we're talking about orders of infinities, but I'm trying to keep it simple to chew on for now.

Alrighty, let's see what calculating divergence actually looks like. For simplicity, lets imagine we have 10 fixed points, 20 flux points, and 5 anchor points in our microverse P. Using our assigned values we have (10 * 10) + (20 * 5) + (5 * 8) which gives us a total RV of

Ok, now imagine Adam goes back in time, punches 7 people in the face on the same day, and then returns home. Of these people, 2 may have been important. We'll call those 5 flux point punches and 2 anchor point punches.

Using our assigned values we have a change factor of (5 * 5) + (2 * 8) = 41

(41/240) * 100 = ~17.0833% divergence.

I think the morale of this story is that you should feel free to save a few people from Pompeii, but just be careful if you go around punching Presidents.

This is also an oversimplification of multiversal mechanics, but it may be enough to get the gears turning. The more known points, the greater the predictable divergence. Divergence isn't some arcane thing that can't be calculated, and doesn't really get messy until you go really granular. General Relativity is more than enough.

There's still more to it, but I figured "How else could I begin to explain things to these people if they have no frame of reference?"

In practical application, a well-educated Traveler could estimate the RV of their P for usage as a benchmark. Then, as they travel and observe, they can re-estimate the RV of P to differentiate divergence.

Ok, so what use is knowing divergence?

In present reality (which I will call P) there are certain causality events that are indisputable. These are things such as the big bang, eclipses, transits, solstices, etc. Anything that is not a fixed point is a flux point that can potentially be changed.

- Let's call the set of all indisputable fixed points I.
- Let's call the set of all flux points Y.
- I and Y are disjointed sets within P.

**P = {Y***1*,**I***1***, Y***2***, I***2***, ... Y***n***, I***n***,}**It's also important to note that some flux points can be "stickier" or more rigid depending on the event. Take the US Presidential elections as an example, which occur periodically every 4 years. They are not fixed points, but they do have enough rigidity that you can mostly count on them.

- We call things like these "Anchor points," or Q.
- In the empirical reality, anchor points unify fixed points and flux points.

__P = { Y__*U*Q*U*I }Adam is a cadet. Reality to him is P

*Adam*which happens to coincide with P right now.Were Adam to go back and kill his grandfather, he would find himself at odds with the empirical because P'

*Adam*<> P.What does this mean?! It means you take a hard fork in the road. Classic grandfather paradox.

But what's the impact? The impact is the difference between P'

*Adam*and P.To begin calculating the divergence, P'

*Adam*\ P, one needs to know Adam's relative anchor points. The % divergence will vary depending upon Adam's significance.Quantifying divergence can be subjective and is messy. Estimating is much easier.

WHEN you're measuring and for HOW LONG also matters. The Aztecs got that right. I may elaborate later.

To communicate divergence in a common language, we can assign point values to sets.

- Fixed points (I) are worth 10.
- Flux points (Y) are worth 5.
- Anchor points (Q) are worth 8.

In practicality we're talking about orders of infinities, but I'm trying to keep it simple to chew on for now.

Alrighty, let's see what calculating divergence actually looks like. For simplicity, lets imagine we have 10 fixed points, 20 flux points, and 5 anchor points in our microverse P. Using our assigned values we have (10 * 10) + (20 * 5) + (5 * 8) which gives us a total RV of

*P = 240*Ok, now imagine Adam goes back in time, punches 7 people in the face on the same day, and then returns home. Of these people, 2 may have been important. We'll call those 5 flux point punches and 2 anchor point punches.

Using our assigned values we have a change factor of (5 * 5) + (2 * 8) = 41

(41/240) * 100 = ~17.0833% divergence.

I think the morale of this story is that you should feel free to save a few people from Pompeii, but just be careful if you go around punching Presidents.

This is also an oversimplification of multiversal mechanics, but it may be enough to get the gears turning. The more known points, the greater the predictable divergence. Divergence isn't some arcane thing that can't be calculated, and doesn't really get messy until you go really granular. General Relativity is more than enough.

There's still more to it, but I figured "How else could I begin to explain things to these people if they have no frame of reference?"

In practical application, a well-educated Traveler could estimate the RV of their P for usage as a benchmark. Then, as they travel and observe, they can re-estimate the RV of P to differentiate divergence.

Ok, so what use is knowing divergence?

**Weeeeeeeelp**
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