The Trailokya Trilogy Companion is a continuing online manuscript that illustrates and explains some of the details of the story, helping readers to keep things straight while they travel through the series. Readers can view this live companion book on Wattpad (either using the website or an app for their phone) absolutely free.
The companion is organized in alphabetical sections for convenience. In each section, the entries are organized like a dictionary along with original artwork and excerpts from the Trailokya Friday blog posts. In the coming weeks and months the blog will feature specific entries, to give you a taste of what is available in the companion.
A duta who broke their oath without criminal behavior; often they will return to Zion upon a great sacrifice. A choice to live in Samsara without orders to do so, and take on a semi-corporeal form.
Recidia play more of a role in the trilogy as the tale progresses. In the first book, The Shadow Soul, you’ll meet but one, and he’s pretty important to the story. If you’ve read the first book, you’ll have a great grasp of the concept of the recidia. However, this one character’s tale is not a complete look into the condition.
Becoming recidia is peculiar to duta alone. It does not incorporate souls who may wander from Zion full of doubts. Doubt is the central theme of the condition, however. Sometimes, a duta experiences things that make them question why the rules of Zion are as they are, or their participation in the daily duties of a guardian, muse, or even alder. Normally, a duta experiences no doubt. They are a species that is in tune with their world and have absolute clarity of thought. Yet, as with all things, there are exceptions.
What kinds of things could possibly cause a practically all-knowing-being to doubt everything they know? Well, the question sort of answers the question. Duta are almost all knowing, not all knowing. The spaces in which they don’t have clear knowledge is where they are still growing as they rise. That space narrows until the unknown becomes so narrow they pass on to Nirvana. No matter how narrow the unknown becomes, it still allows for questioning and thus doubts.
If you examine this, you realize that it could very well be a part of their ultimate growth. Spending time as a recidia gives duta a unique perspective on the things they do not understand. Having those questions answered is quite important. Knowledge, after all, is the ultimate goal. This doesn’t stop the atman from ‘weighing them down,’ thus casting them to Samsara, unable to regain Zion until the matter is settled.
That brings us to the reason that some recidia remain recidia for longer than is necessary. These duta choose to remain in Samsara. Why would anyone choose that? Though they do not have orders to do so, they view it as a duty to remain and take matters into their own hands, whatever those matters are. These recidia could stay behind choosing to guard souls in the thick of their incarnations, take on danava under their own terms, or live a life apart from Zion. Anyone of these reasons could stem from a feeling of being hidebound by the conventions of Zion, such as the rules of engagement regarding enemies, and adequate punishment of those atman, or, perhaps, associating with danava or marditavya on more friendly terms.
Here too, we see another good reason for this condition. If recidia did not consort with danava or marditavya, the path back to redemption for all three could either be interminable or impossible. The influences on each other are a point of illumination. Going backwards is sometimes the best path forward for an atman.
What do duta feel about recidia? Your average duta views recidia as rebellious former members of their sect. Some resent them and think of them as marditavya, even though they are far from allied to a danava, even if they consort with them. Their spurning of the rules and laws of Zion provides further antagonism. Watchers, though, are probably the least likely to resent a recidia. Walking the fine line between rules and lawlessness, Watchers have a better understanding of the condition, not to mention empathy for it. Watchers will even employ them in missions, sometimes compelling them, since most recidia want nothing to do with Zion’s affairs.
The resentment or indifference that duta feel toward the recidia often keeps them isolated from Zion. Aid is not rendered from friend or kin. Thus, a recidia finds life on their own in the wilds of Samsara. This is true even when a recidia is in danger of being further burned down to Jahannam. Duta believe a great deal in autonomy of the individual. When one makes a decision, they feel it necessary to abide the wishes of the atman. When someone they care for experiences this condition, they will mourn them as lost, and hope that they return soon despite everything. It is very rare for one to also go rogue and attempt to drag their loved one or friend home. That is because they understand the need for this time, even if it hurts them. A ketu will wait endlessly for the return of the other half, giving them the time needed.
Should a recidia fall further, it is at that point alone that they become an official member of the enemy’s list. In the case of ketu, the remaining half’s atman will disengage and deeper mourning takes place. It is impossible for a duta atman to be bonded to a danava one. It has never happened and never will, because the core of the atman is repulsed by the burning. The instinct becomes to destroy or imprison the flawed atman. It is no longer recognized as the individual it was believed to be prior to the burning down.
There are physical changes that occur which are the main prevention of returning to Zion. The duta’s wings will lose their feathers within days, then the wing limbs themselves shrivel and fall off. Scars remain on the back from where they once extended. Lastly, the sattva becomes a sort of BIM. The process of becoming mortal, so to speak is the longest stage. The visibility of their sattva as well as hunger are the first stages. The penannular no longer cloaks them or works for the owner, it shuts down. Hunger for food and thirst assist in building the BIM. It can take months, even years, depending on access to these elements. Once a BIM forms, the duta is trapped in Samsara. The only way back is to be killed through sacrifice to another. They are unable to die any other way, but one: burning down. The duta could still choose to become danava.