Here’s a terrifying thought.
In our world, there is no “ice power”. Cold is just the lack of heat.
Likewise, darkness is just the absence of light.
But over there, through the portal, to the universe where magic works, heat and cold both have real, opposing power. Likewise, their darkness isn’t just the lack of light, there is a real substance or force to darkness, and they can both exist either in opposition to each other, or in some cases in a state of balanced equilibrium (My friend Te-Jun is both a mage and a scholar and can talk your ear off about this).
So, does that mean there could be yet another universe, opposite of ours? One where there is no heat…only the energy of cold? And what they call “warmth” is really just the lack of cold?
Or no real light? Not light as we know it, but just the lack of their substantive darkness?
That the magic universe has both: heat and cold, light and dark, that would mean they were in the middle. And here we have light and heat and the lack of them…and there’s somewhere else that has real cold, and real dark. And the lack of them is the only thing they have that passes for….
I’m going to give myself nightmares. That such a world might exist is horrifying enough. But that our world…with all its pollution and war and poverty…isn’t the middle world but is somehow the bright universe. I need a drink.
–Notes from a Senior Planeswalker’s Private Journal.