Confronted with a mutable Supernal, archmasters postulate that there must be an eternal, immutable causal plane beyond it: a Heaven, Nirvana, or Principle that fuels the Supernal with raw, undifferentiated meaning. Conservatives say that such a theory is unnecessary, given that the Supernal cannot be accurately perceived by any means short of Ascension, and may be truly pure under some veil of illusion. It is even said that some paths to Ascension bypass the Supernal and being mages in accord with this true World Above — an idea Seekers invested in the Golden Road treat with either disdain or great curiosity.

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