In Session 03 it was revealed that the Glass Artifact is not only moving the PCs through time and space, but into other timelines. The means and purpose of this movement remain a mystery, as does the nature of these parallel universes, which may be alternate Material Planes.
It seems that, when the party leaves a universe, it is destroyed, though as, apparently, no universe has been encountered twice, this has not been confirmed.
What follows is a catalog of the timelines encountered. The starting universe is “Prime,” while all subsequent timelines encountered will be numbered from one and up. The current assumption is that every shift caused by the artifact indicates a universe change. For convenience, alternate versions of characters can be refereed to by their name and universe designation (Hatim-Prime, Hatim-3, etc).
After completing their journey via the Glass Artifact, The Party has apparently wound up back in their home universe. It is possible, however, that this is an alternate universe that is merely nearly identical to their starting point.
When they escaped from the lair of Azu-Makeen, the party traveled in an apparatus that may have been a prototype of the Glass Artifact. Though it seems they are in the same world, again there is a possibility that this is yet another nearly-identical parallel. The Party is ill-equipped to truly ruminate on the existential possibilities of parallel universes, with the possible exception of Nessisus, who has no particular interest in communicating such insight to others…
The universe entered during Session 01 after finding the Glass Artifact. In this timeline, Feng’s story seemed to remain the same, based on an encounter with Tu Fan Zui and the recovery of his Sifu’s book. However, according to Ramal, Lydra Geb was dead.
The universe entered in Session 03, this was the first universe where significant discrepancies were revealed. Home to Marid al-Husam, an alternate version of Hasan al-Husam. Marid had led a similar life, but with a few key differences, not least of which was that he had a different mother. In this world, Hasan’s father had not married Amna al-Zahrah—nor his youngest wife Ulrika. Interestingly, the Khayyam al-Mahir of this world was a full-blooded Anari, not a Fifira. However, the two Hasans’ lives seemed to have been otherwise nearly identical, save for cosmetic differences. Of additional interest, in this world, Raqaejah has had political ties with Thaumaris for at least ten years, as opposed to Prime, where the two nations had no ties at all. Also home to Fazia Shula.
The universe entered in Session 04, home of Kiso Mngani and Anansi-4. No differences between Four and Prime were detected. However, the party’s arrival was predicted by the dreams of Abbet and possibly by Anansi, raising questions as to the nature of their journey.
The universe entered in Session 05, home of Sartaj Bharatra and Maqsood Musaru. The Party apparently arrived here twelve years in their relative past, at a time when Itwaar was contending with a revolt in Zameen. It was here that The Party entered the mysterious Tamba Khoya mine…
The universe entered in Session 06. The Party found themselves in Tamba Khoya again, at roughly the same time. They were found by Lazar Al Rakim and later encountered both Sartaj Bharatra and Maqsood Musaru, though this time they had to fight—and kill—Sartaj to protect Lazar. They also ventured deeper into the mine, encountering a strange, ancient structure where the Glass Artifact “collected” a large statue, possibly a golem or similar construct though there wasn’t enough time to chat… Interestingly, The Party actually arrived in this universe later relative to their entry to Soleria-5.