I recently decided to take a few lone contemporary (kind of urban) fantasy stories and see if I could make them share a setting, and when the clicked they started pulling in whole bunches of other story outlines and ideas, some so completely unexpected.
Out of this emerged a complex… multi-verse? Mega-verse? and an elaborate mythos and cosmogony. The 13 realms have close to 100 book and story outlines taking place in them and are suggesting even more stories to be told. Fairy realms, dueling immortals, were-beings, monster slayers, superheroes, wizards, Gods, eldritch horrors, wonderland and neverland, etc. It’s a stargate network to most of what is classed as ‘speculative fiction’.
and as a complex setting of complex hidden interconnects, nobody within can ‘see the forest for the trees’. Different realms imagine themselves in a key location in the 3, 5 or 7 linear realms they are aware of, but nobody (not even the olympian gods nor the technologically advanced aliens of alpha centauri know the intricate knotwork that is the linked rings of the 13 realms.
So what do I call 13 interwoven realms, each as grand as our own known universe, whose true size and diversity is unknown by all it’s inhabitants?