Categories:Fictional Worlds and Universes|
Created by: Swapgirl
First Appeared: July 2016
Inspired in part by Quantum Leap
, this universe is set in the near future. The Chrono Corps, a
secret intergovernmental agency, sends agents back in time using a
machine called the "Conduit", which projects an agent's mind into
the body of a person in the past. Agents can only be placed in a
body of the opposite sex, and the consciousness of the host body is
entirely suppressed while the agent is in his or her body.
Open for new stories: Yes
Permission required: No
Permissions contact: Not Applicable
Questions contact: http://swapgirlscaptions.blogspot.com/
Copied from: http://swapgirlscaptions.blogspot.com/2016/07/chrono-corps-rules.html
"I grew up with Quantum Leap; it's one of the first shows I
remember with recurring TG elements. It left me with an abiding
fondness for the concept of mental time travel, in which someone
travels back (or forward) in time by possessing someone in the
past. For that reason--and because I love period costume!--I'm
launching the Chrono Corps universe, a new open universe that
anyone else may write in if they're interested.
The Chrono Corps is a secret intergovernmental agency in the near
future, devoted to using time travel for the betterment of
humanity. Chrono Corps agents travel back in time for a variety of
purposes, such as research, scouting, combatting rogue time
travellers, and "putting right what once went wrong."
The exact goals of the Chrono Corps can sometimes be difficult to
fathom, even for their agents, but the CC can nevertheless be
considered the "good guys" of time travel. There are, however,
other organizations that use time travel for more sinister
purposes, as well as rogue time travellers who don't belong to any
CC agents travel back in time using a machine called the "Conduit".
The Conduit projects an agent's mind into the body of a person in
the past. The consciousness of the host body is entirely suppressed
while the agent is in his or her body, although he or she will have
vague memories of having lived through the experiences that
occurred while he or she was possessed.
The Conduit is typically capable of pinpoint accuracy when sending
agents into the past; it can place them in a specific body at a
very precise point in time. Mistakes are possible, though... and
more frequent than the CC would like to admit.
There's a strange quirk with the Conduit technology: agents can
only be placed in a body of the opposite sex. If an agent is placed
in a body of the same sex, the body spontaneously combusts, killing
both the agent and the host instantly. (In fact, all documented
cases of spontaneous combustion were actually the result of early
experiments with the Conduit.) No one knows why same-sex
possessions are fatal, but it seems to be an inviolable rule of
Agents may be sent back either solo or in small teams, depending on
the needs of the mission. New agents are often assigned a mentor, a
more experienced agent who trains them and accompanies them on
their first mission.
Agents are linked to the Conduit by a "neural interface", a sort of
mental computer program that can be brought up at will. The neural
interface contains an extensive historical database to assist
agents with their missions. The database reflects the "current"
history, meaning it instantly changes when an agent changes
history. Agents on scouting and research missions can edit the
database, allowing them to record any new information they uncover
during their mission.
Information in the database is compiled from the historical record,
as well as from scouting and research missions. The database is
limited to information the CC can access, meaning there are
sometimes considerable gaps in the database. The database, for
instance, records the names of most of the pharaohs of Ancient
Egypt, but it doesn't include the names of Ancient Egyptian
commoners, nor does it include those of certain pharaohs whose
names have been lost to history. An agent could, however,
theoretically travel back to Ancient Egypt in order to recover the
The neural interface also serves as a translator. An agent who
possesses someone who speaks a different language will acquire the
language skills of the host. To the agent, it seems like they and
everyone else is speaking the agent's native language, but they are
in fact speaking the host's language. The same rules apply to
written language. The translator also "corrects" the agent's
accent, meaning that, for instance, an American agent who
posssesses an British host will speak with an British accent.
There are some interesting drawbacks to the neural interface's
translation function. Because the translator is tuned to the host's
native language, it's possible that an agent will be unable to
speak his or her native language. For instance, a French-speaking
agent who possesses an Urdu speaker in the recent past will be
unable to read, speak, or understand French while possessing that
body. An agent who possesses the body of someone who's illiterate,
meanwhile, will lose the ability to read or write, even in his or
her native language. (Note, this does not apply to the database in
the neural interface; agents will always be able to read the
database and, on scouting and research missions, contribute to it.)
Most importantly, the neural interface explains an agent's mission
objectives and shows whether or not those objectives have been
completed. Agents can only return to the present once all
objectives have either been successfully completed or irreversibly
failed. Until then, agents are trapped in the past.
From the perspective of someone in the present, agents return
immediately after they left. An agent may spend a decade in the
past, but to the technicians operating the conduit, the process
only takes seconds. While this certainly makes long missions much
easier, it also means that it's impossible for agents in the past
to communicate with the present. Agents are on their own when
they're in the past.
If an agent's host body dies, the agent's mind dies along with it.
There's no way to retrieve the agent's mind from a dying body.
Should an agent die in the past, all neural activity in the agent's
body will cease immediately after the agent is projected back in
time, and the body's other vital functions will cease soon
Some agents, for one reason or another, choose not to return to the
present. There are also rare instances in which the Conduit
glitches and its connection wtih the agent in the past is severed,
leaving the agent permanently stranded in the past in an unfamiliar
body. In both these cases, the agent's body, again, dies
immediately after the agent travels into the past.
It's theoretically possible for agents to travel into the future
using the Conduit, but it's a difficult and dangerous process. The
CC has no record of the future, which means the neural interface's
database and translation function are useless. More importantly,
it's virtual impossible for the Conduit to pinpoint a host body in
the future, since the CC has no record of who is alive in the
future. That means agents who travel into the future are
essentially placed into a random body in a random place, which is
One final note: these rules are all flexible. Please don't feel
bound to them. Bend them or break them as necessary. In my opinion,
the rules of an open universe should be flexible enough to enough
to allow a writer to tell whatever story he or she pleases. The
rules are merely a starting point. So just be creative, and have
Hope to see someone else pick this idea up. :)
I'm certain I've forgotten something. If I remember more stuff or
think of new details, I'll add them later."
originally posted by cj on 2016-07-05, 1 edit, entryid=9437