Chapter 1: In The Beginning

In the beginning, the misfit solar system did not exist. There was only emptiness among the distant stars and the lifeless cold darkness seemed to stretch out to the far reaches of the universe without end.  However, behind the scenes, there was an invisible being; the ultimate first cause who had no beginning and no end and who was the ultimate decision-maker.  However, even in this desolate area, things were happening beneath the surface. Small quarks and particles were being created in another dimension that was unknowable and inconceivable to what we would experience in our present state of existence. These small particles would appear and disappear unknown to anyone except the invisible hand behind the scenes.

It started out like vibrations beneath the surface with invisible particles coming together and breaking apart, and creating waves that were barely perceptible on the surface. The tiniest pinpoint of light was the only thing that gave it away. It would flicker on and off as though it were controlled by an invisible light switch. This small pinpoint of light gradually became a steady pulsating rhythm of increasing and decreasing in intensity. Slowly but noticeably, it began growing. As it continued growing it gradually grew in intensity as its pulsating rhythm came to resemble that of a beating heart. As the rhythm grew more intense, it slowly continued to expand in size.

Then just when it was at its apogee with the rhythm, there was an explosion that sent out streams of intense white and colored light. As the white light subsided into the darkness, two wildly moving figures gradually became visible in the remnants of the explosion. Two dragons of energy representing two primordial elements fire and ice (the ice on top and the fire below) snarled and snapped at each other as one tried to destroy the other in a continual battle of teeth and jaws. Pulsating layers of energy and color wrapped around each other like overlapping blankets protecting a white hot center. Beating like a giant heart, this cocoon like structure at the center appeared to give sustenance to the two dragons that were fighting each other.

Dragons
Dragons

Finally after a fierce battle, the two dragons grabbed each other by the neck and sink their fangs in. Thrashing wildly, they struggled holding on to each other while screaming and roaring. After rocking to and fro over the battle, they gradually started to spinning around. It was erratic and slow at first. But they kept on spinning faster and faster as they were still struggling. As they continued spinning, the energy blankets gradually expanded until the spinning dragons were totally enveloped. As the spinning mass increased in speed, the enveloped dragons appeared to liquefy and spin into a blur losing their distinct form. The entire mass of fiery hot spinning matter became almost liquid-like as it took on the appearance of some kind of a swollen cosmic balloon that was at the point of bursting spilling its contents. The skin of this balloon was stretched tight and appeared to be straining holding its contents inside as it heaved expanding and contracting.

Then suddenly,  like a balloon that was squeezed too far, the entire cosmic mass burst open as the contents of the white hot center was violently thrust from the center into the dark icy universe. The burning debris scattered from the center was composed mainly of scattered dust, rock, gases, plasma, and water which immediately boiled and then froze into ice in the cold darkness of space. The contents after being violently thrown from center continued its journey outward. However, as gravity set in, some of the contents began slowly clumping together over the course of endless ages.

It was a slow moving show that would last for millions of years as the misfit solar system moved into the next phase. For the time being, there was only a peaceful emptiness with only the universe the laws guiding it and the lifeless stars that were already present like it was in the beginning. It was well before the beginning of life, moral decisions and the existence of good and evil.  Even the battling dragons were destined to destruction and oblivion after they had fulfilled the purpose in what they were created for.

After the explosion, the universe was littered with the remnants of the exploded dragons (dust, ice, rocks, gas). To the untrained eye, it was just an ugly chaotic swill-filled universe.  However, as rocks and debris began crashing into each other, they began to form clouds of dust and debris. At first the cloud was just a random assortment of dust and debris. But as clouds increased in size, gravity began to take over. Small currents and patterns began to emerge as the debris began to separate itself out like small sub-currents in a lazily flowing river being pulled toward this and that. Buoyed by space, rocks and ice occasionally banged into one another, sometimes shattering, sometimes sticking together.

It was the first sign that order began to arise out of chaos. Still, it was completely amoral with no good or evil and no purposeful intent behind this except perhaps the laws of nature. Even though the activities were ordered by themselves, the universe was far from static. Powered by the attraction of gravity, the cloud began to shrink and solidify as the particles continued clumping together. Heat from radiation and compression was also building up in the center. As the ice clumps were pulled towards the center, they would evaporate away into water vapor than immediately freeze into ice again in the coldness of space.

As the debris cloud continued to contract, an atmosphere of sorts was surrounding it in a thick envelope of gas and steam. The heat from the radiation and compression was melting some of the rock creating a liquid inner core with a thin coating that broke through every so often. Powered by the same mindless forces of heat and gravity, the other planets that made up the misfit solar system as well as other celestial bodies were also in the process of coming into existence. The fiery hot planets would spew red hot lava that would cool and form brief solid clumps that would fall back into the surrounding molten lava. Eventually they would melt back into the molten ocan from which they came from. The mixture of solid rock to molten was slowly changing as the surface continued cooling. Gradually, solid clumps of rock began building up forming a jagged shoreline of sorts as a solid crust began covering more and more of the planet’s surface. The solid crust would slowly expand covering more and more of the planet’s surface.

The atmosphere was thick with ash particles and sulfur from the molten surface pools. Escaping gas would bubble up through the surface of the fiery viscous liquid and burst upon reaching the surface. The endless days and nights seemed to pass without change. However as the planet gradually began cooling, landscapes of solid rock started to appear

Outside the molten planet, the remnants from the exploding dragons continued its endless hurl through space traveling into oblivion. The same escaping gases on Planet Gaus such as Water Vapor, Nitrogen, Carbon Dioxide, and Sulfur Dioxide were also starting to accumulate on the surfaces on the other planets as well. Gaus was still a fiery hot planet like the other planets that were in the early process of development. However, there were noticeable differences that would make differentiate this particular planet in comparison to the others. One of the biggest differences was the percentage of water vapor that was locked up on Gaus compared to the other planets. One of the other planets would also be able to support life, but not to the same potential as Gaus. This difference in the amount of water vapor that would eventually be released would make itself manifest in the great oceans that would cover the planet from which life would originate.

The surface of Gaus would cool and crack as the surface cooled and solidified in a thin crust and then unexpectedly burst open in areas spewing molten rock, ash, and gas. The hot steamy atmosphere above the surface was more akin to Venus than to Earth.  The  water that existed on Gaus near the surface was entirely vapor, as the surface was still too hot for liquid water to exist. It would take ages before the planet would have to ability to hold liquid water on its surface. However,  the passage of time was not relevant to anything on a steamy lifeless planet.  The elements continued their lifeless battle on Gaus witnessed by no one.  Higher up, the cooler atmosphere would cause the water vapor to condense into tiny droplets creating giant fluffy castles of storm clouds miles above the planet’s surface. Torrential rains would fall from high up, however, the surface refused to yield. Any raindrops would turn evaporate before hitting the surface or immediately turn back to steam upon hitting the ground.  However, the surface was now more stable and wasn’t heaving to and fro as it was from an earlier time.

As the planet continued to cool down, the turbulence of the earlier era also began to subside. Another unknown period of time passed as the surface continued to cool down even further.  Gradually, small pools of water slowly condensed on the surface that would begin boiling after a few minutes. Droplets of water falling into cracks and vents on the planet’s surface created geysers to erupt every so often. The roaring and hissing of steam escaping now dominated the landscape.  It was during this time that the torrential rains continued their relentless assault finally causing small pools of water to start condensing on the surface without turning back into steam. There were storms at this time, storms of such magnitude that had never been witnessed by mankind as the massive cloud layer and cooling atmosphere continued to dump their watery deluge upon the surface of planet Gaus. The pools and rivulets of water grew flowing over rock and ash dissolving minerals and coagulating into an ever increasing number of ponds and lakes. The growing streams and fast moving rivers continued carrying their cargo to their final destination as the numerous early lakes and ponds began merging together.  The angry hissing and explosions of steam gradually gave way to the babbling, churning and dull roar of innumerable streams and rivers flowing towards growing numbers of primordial lakes and miniature seas that were beginning to develop. Close to the poles, newly formed ice crystals were beginning to crackle on the surface. These bodies of water continued merging together expanding their distance for hundreds of square miles setting the stage for another era in the planet’s early history.