>>> Sometimes, you wake up. Sometimes, the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly.
In the beginning, there was nothing. And then, in the second it takes to extinguish a candle flame, and much like a star that fizzled out into black nothingness and then exploded and took the world in its chaos, there was everything.
In every world, in every alternate dimension and universe, there exists specific concepts, ideas that exist because they have to, because there keep the world running as it should. Those ideas live not only in every dimension, but in every dimension as an aspect, a tangible being that guards its concept with its life, performing a job that would destroy the mind, soul, and heart of any other who attempted to take it on. There are seven of these ideas, these aspects, and they were all ‘created’ or ‘born’ at the same time, and yet in chronologically descending order, as such: Destiny, Death, Dream, Destruction, Desire and Despair, and Delirium…
This is one story of one version of the concepts of Dreams. The aspect of Dreams, an entity who appears usually as a male figure, generally larger than life, and sometimes seen even as the sky itself, took his place as the third eldest in the line of anthropomorphic personifications – raw, living spirits of the universe – just after his eldest sister Death. This was so that the living things she brought into the world and eventually took away into her realm could sleep and dream and believe and hope. Across all universes, all dimensions, some aspect of him exists, living and dying and living again, as all the do Endless eventually. But this story will focus on one Earth. One realm. A universe very similar to ours.
Dream (or as we’ll refer to this version of this aspect, Morpheus) began his life the way almost any omniscient, omnipotent, immortal being would: as a cold, arrogant, self-obsessed, over serious, prideful, insensitive horror show. Morpheus was, as his sibling Desire liked to put it, “stuffy, stupid, and thinks he knows everything.” Morpheus was the epitome of a god you wouldn’t mess with, a primordial being better left asleep for eternity in the molten core of the earth than actually ruling over the concept that he was created to rule over. And then, once, as it usually goes with cold, heartless, lonely beings, Morpheus fell in love. Way back, in the ancient days, there was an idea of Morpheus that was, above all else, optimistic. Perhaps he still was not exactly the companion most would want, and certainly his arrogance was a major turn off, but he was optimistic, and, callous though he may have been, there were times when he showed great kindness. He was young, or as young as an Endless could be. He was in love. But that love didn’t last. During a meeting of the planets – for this was a time when it was reasonable for beings to join together at one location and discuss logistics and plans for future endeavors with each other – the woman that Morpheus was so madly devoted to cheated on him with the sun of her planet, crushing Morpheus’s fragile heart, and freezing it beneath a thousand feet of unbreakable, invincible ice. This little incident forced him to close himself off to the world, and never again would anyone see Morpheus so kind and carefree as he once had been. There were, of course, rumors that their split relationship was caused by Morpheus’s younger sibling, Desire. This is probably why Morpheus feels a deep loathing for them – they were at one point, after all, Dream’s best friend and favorite sibling.
Fast forward a good few thousand years. The human civilizations on Earth are becoming more and more put together. Morpheus meets a woman named Nada. Nada was powerful, a ruler of her own kingdom of glass. She was as beautiful as she was strong, and Morpheus was taken with her instantly. During the nighttime, he would find himself walking her quiet kingdom, keeping his eyes on her castle. Nada fell in love with him on sight, seeing him in her dreams and in her mind at all times. She sought him out, found him in his Dream Realm, and finally laid eyes on the man she loved more than anything in the world. But there was a problem with their relationship: although Morpheus asked for her hand in marriage and her love many times, Nada rejected him, aware that mortals and the Endless could not be together without destruction being the end result. She hurt his pride.
So he banished her to be tortured in Hell for ten thousand years.
Morpheus later met Calliope, the muse of epic poetry and eloquence. As with the others, Morpheus fell in love instantly. He courted her, gently, nervously, and soon the couple was married, and they had a son, Orpheus. Morpheus was not exactly the best father, and most of his time was spent working, as it usually was. Dream’s relationships never changed his outlook on his job: it was by far the most important thing in his life, above literally everything else. He was the definition of a workaholic. He joined Orpheus and Calliope, with his six siblings, at Orpheus’s wedding, which ended in the death of his bride. Almost everyone knows the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Orpheus, being miserable and beyond heartbroken, pleaded to Morpheus and Death to bring her back. Morpheus refused. Instead, Orpheus turned to plead with his mother, who told him that he could seek out the God Hades and plead for her soul. However, he could not follow the god’s commands, and she was forced to remain in the realm of the dead. The bargain for Orpheus was that if he failed, he would never be able to never die, and so he was forced to live a long and painful life alone and grieving. Morpheus despised Orpheus going against his word, as not only his pride was hurt this time, but the prospect of his ruling and masculinity, and he made the claim that he had no son. And then the furies found Orpheus, and, stricken with grief and indescribable pain, let them rip his head off and tear him to pieces, in the hope that the Kindly Ones would be able to kill him, or his father would come save him. However, the deal with Hades was never broken, and Orpheus ended up as nothing more than a suffering decapitated head. Even despite all of this, Morpheus turned his back on his son, ignored his pained, horrific pleas, and would not talk to Orpheus again for over two thousand years.
Time went by, as it does, and things happened, that the writer will not recount in this profile at the moment. Morpheus fell in love. He had his fragile, icy heartbroken. He made some acquaintances, few friends, and many enemies. He worked. He created. He destroyed.
In the span of this time, something happened. There is a piece of missing history, a part of Morpheus’slife that he never talks about. This piece has to do with an insane star, a black hole, and the Endless’s parents, Time and Night. Only those that know the Endless well enough to have a decent conversation with him will know what kind of horrors he faced in that time.
Fast forward to the most important incident in this aspect of this Dream’s long, agonizing life: in 1916, Morpheus was summoned and captured in an occult ritual by the Magus Roderick Burgess on accident, after his attempt to summon Death. The Magus held Morpheus in captivity for over seventy years, and because time does not move at a different pace for the Endless, Morpheus was forced to suffer every small, single, agonizing second of his captivity, weak and hidden away from the world and even his own realm. When Morpheus finally escaped, he exacted revenge on his captor – two generations of horrible, cruel men – and drove the remaining captor of his insane with “eternal awakening”. By then, however, his Dream Realm had fallen to pieces, his castle crumbled, and a few of his Dream Things were gone. The only creature that remained intact and doing his job was Lucien, Morpheus’s very first raven, and the Dreaming’s current librarian. In dismay, Morpheus began to gather up the things that had been stolen from him by the Magus: a pouch of sand which had been in John Constantine’s possession, but had been given to his ex-lover, Rachel; a helm that had been given away to a demon, and which Dream had to fight for, (and eventually won back, although that was done at the expense of humiliating Lucifer Morningstar); and a ruby, which a character that went by the name of Doctor Destiny possessed, and was driven insane by. The ruby was destroyed in the fight for its gain, and Morpheusregained all the power lost to him that had been kept in the ruby.
Although Morpheus had lived his long life as a being that exhibited traits of the self-centered, egotistical, harsh, and cold, Morpheus’s captivity gave him a quick change of heart. After a long needed and reality hitting conversation with his sister, Death, he began to work toward fixing the mistakes he had made, including saving Calliope from captivity and rescuing Nada from Hell (after which she smacked him across the face, and rightfully so).
On Morpheus’s journey to Hell to retrieve Nada, however, he was confronted with a new problem: Lucifer Morningstar had quit his job. He no longer wished to serve as the ruler of Hell, and, in exchange for the humiliationMorpheus bestowed upon him during their last meeting, he gave Morpheus the Key to Hell, stating that it may not make his life more difficult, but it certainly wouldn’t make it easier. Creatures from every world, every religion, every dimension came to the Dreaming in order to bargain for the Key. It nearly drove the Endless into madness. In the end, Morpheus gave it to the only ones who deserved it: the angels the Creator sent that were to guard it from now on. As it’s stated, Hell must always remain as a reflection to Heaven.
Time passed. Morpheus found himself growing… regretful. He fought himself on his past decisions and knew that his past lived life had been full of nothing but mistakes.
After thousands of years spent not seeing his son, Morpheus one day broke down and, in an effort to find the brother that had left the Endless name behind, he returned to Orpheus once more, hoping that the Oracle could tell him where his brother was. In exchange for help, he agreed to murder his own son and put him out of his misery.
The murder of his son caused Morpheus to spiral. He was driven to madness and loathed himself more than he ever had before. He seethed with hatred for himself and what he did. His realm grew dimmer, his demeanor more cold and silent. The murder brought about a world of darkness the Endless had never experienced before. He saw no reason to keep living, no reason to do his job or protect those he loved. No longer was he vindictive, as The Kindly Ones (or, better known, the Furies) sought him out and drove him to kill himself by destroying his world, his creations, and everything he had ever loved, because of the murder of his kin.
A B I L I T I E S.
The Personification of Dreams: Dream is both lord and personification of all dreams and stories, and all that is not reality. He controls dreams, nightmares, sleep, and insomnia.
Shape-shifting: Dream has the ability to shapeshift into anything he so desires. He changes his appearance depending on who he is talking to and the time period he’s in to make himself blend in and his visitors more comfortable.
Illusion Casting: Dream has the ability to cast illusions that manifest themselves into actual beings. His illusions don’t just seem real, they are real. Dream has been known on more than one occasion to send nightmares as punishments.
Dreamweaver: Dream can warp and change any dream or nightmare he wishes to, and has, in fact, constructed them all.
Reality Warping: Similar to Illusion casting, Dream can warp reality, although he does not use this power unless he is in the Dreaming (his own realm). In his own realm, the weather and landscape changes depending on his mood. He can create Dream Creatures to obey his every command (although they are always created with free speech and free will. In his own realm, Dream is omnipotent.
Teleportation: Dream can teleport easily from one place to another through dreams, as long as someone in the desired vicinity is asleep. Because Dream can also put people to sleep, he is practically unstoppable when it comes to teleportation. Dream can also transit almost all magical realms, so long as he shows the proper respect.
Immortality: Dream is ageless and virtually immortal. Even in his own death, his being and concept will always survive.
Oneiromancy: Dream can conjure dreams, ideas, and inspiration in the mind of any he chooses to. This could be a good thing – for example, the inspiration for best-selling novels, Shakespeare’s plays, etc – but it can also be a bad thing, like driving someone insane and altering their perceptions while awake.
W E A K N E S S E S.
Ancient Rules: Despite his omnipotence, Dream, like the rest of the Endless, is bound by a strict set of ancient rules and customs. Learn them, and you have the ability to control him.
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The endless of dreams.