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* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' and ''VideoGame/BioShock2'': ADAM has become a variant. Once a human Splices with it, their genetic blueprint, personality, memories, and powers are imprinted in the substance contained in their bodies due to crossover of genes during genetic sampling, caused by the use of recycled ADAM harvested from corpses. This explains why Jack sees ghosts throughout Rapture. [[spoiler: [[KnightTemplar Sophia Lamb]] wishes to fuse her daughter with the aggregate genius of Rapture to make her the first "[[AGodAmI Utopian]]".]]

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* ''VideoGame/BioShock1'' and ''VideoGame/BioShock2'': ADAM has become a variant. Once a human Splices with it, their genetic blueprint, personality, memories, and powers are imprinted in the substance contained in their bodies due to crossover of genes during genetic sampling, caused by the use of recycled ADAM harvested from corpses. This explains why Jack sees ghosts throughout Rapture. [[spoiler: [[KnightTemplar Sophia Lamb]] wishes to fuse her daughter with the aggregate genius of Rapture to make her the first "[[AGodAmI "[[PhysicalGod Utopian]]".]]


* The world of Eora in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' and [[VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire its sequel]] has the adra network (the titular Pillars) that funnels [[OurSoulsAreDifferent souls]] to the Great Wheel, where the souls churn through to their next reincarnations. Everything living [[spoiler: including the gods]] depends on it in order for life to continue. [[spoiler: The conflict in Deadfire involves a god ''destroying'' said Wheel so that sentient beings can be free from the other gods, who were actually created by long-lost technology running on SoulPower. He's hoping that people will be able to make their own Lifestream eventually.]]

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* The world of Eora in ''VideoGame/PillarsOfEternity'' and [[VideoGame/PillarsOfEternityIIDeadfire its sequel]] has the adra network (the titular Pillars) that funnels [[OurSoulsAreDifferent souls]] to the Great Wheel, where the souls churn through to their next reincarnations. Everything living [[spoiler: including the gods]] depends on it in order for life to continue. [[spoiler: The conflict in Deadfire involves a god ''destroying'' said Wheel so that sentient beings can be free from the other gods, who were actually created by long-lost technology running on SoulPower. He's hoping that people will be able to make their own Lifestream eventually.eventually (if you ask, it's clarified that the process of setting up the divine siphon and override of the natural stream made it more efficient but also permanently made it dependent on that control, hence how destroying the Wheel won't just bring back the pre-gods system.]]


* ''Fanfic/HeartsOfIce'': After dying, [[spoiler:Ranma]] finds himself drifting upwards. Then he is suddenly swimming in an one-mile-wide river, surrounded by countless souls floating in the pale blue water. He can also see that the river downstream forks three ways: the right fork leads to lush green fields where the deceased can become reunited with their ancestors, the middle fork leads to the realm of the beasts, where dead animals' souls await reincarnation, and the left one leads to the Hell. Also, human souls who are meant to be reincarnated end up washed up onto the river's banks.



* [[UsefulNotes/{{Gnosticism}} The Pleroma]] is this, combined with PiecesOfGod.

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* In the ''StarWars'' mythos, the Force is described as working like this, and characters who die are often described as becoming "one with the Force."
** ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' goes into it more. Everything is made up of the Living Force and when living things die, their Living Force flows into the Cosmic Force to be rejoined with all things.



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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Creation always has a number of souls necessary to animate the living beings in it, since the Ewer of Souls always provides exactly that much. The problem that Autochthon, a machine-god who is also a self-contained world, is facing in his self-imposed exile is that he needs to eat souls (to put it simply), and he's dying because he can't get fresh ones.
** Note that there's no Lifestream in the traditional sense; souls normally reincarnate, thus they enter Creation but don't leave it. The only way souls meet FinalDeath is by falling into Oblivion. The Neverborn want to [[OmnicidalManiac toss everything, themselves included]], into Oblivion.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the (rather poorly-defined) Incarnum. It's either souls or LifeEnergy, and the lack of it causes stillbirth. Which happened when a dragon by the name [[BigBad Ashardalon]] sat on [[The Lifestream its source]], gleefully omnomnom-ing it. Some heroes eventually dealt with him, but the source of Incarnum was cracked (or something), causing Incarnum to be available-as-powers like magic or psionic. When it's materialized, it looks like light-blue sands. [[TheForce Sounds awfully familar, don't it?]]

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Creation always has a number of souls necessary to animate the living beings in it, since the Ewer of Souls always provides exactly that much. The problem that Autochthon, a machine-god who is also a self-contained world, is facing in his self-imposed exile is that he needs to eat souls (to put it simply), and he's dying because he can't get fresh ones.
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ones. Note that there's no Lifestream in the traditional sense; souls normally reincarnate, thus they enter Creation but don't leave it. The only way souls meet FinalDeath is by falling into Oblivion. The Neverborn want to [[OmnicidalManiac toss everything, themselves included]], into Oblivion.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the (rather poorly-defined) Incarnum. It's either souls or LifeEnergy, and the lack of it causes stillbirth. Which happened when a dragon by the name [[BigBad Ashardalon]] sat on [[The Lifestream its source]], gleefully omnomnom-ing it. Some heroes eventually dealt with him, but the source of Incarnum was cracked (or something), causing Incarnum to be available-as-powers like magic or psionic. When it's materialized, it looks like light-blue sands. [[TheForce Sounds awfully familar, familiar, don't it?]]



* [[SpaceAmish Eldar Exodite]] Maiden Worlds in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. The planets have thin crystal veins running through the world's crust, which the Exodites use as repositories for the spirits of their dead, in a manner similar to the Infinity Circuits on Eldar Craftworlds. This a good thing for the Exodites in a few ways; it means they don't get [[FateWorseThanDeath claimed by Slaanesh]] when they die, the spirits often serve as guides and mediators to living Exodites, and due to the fact that Eldar are inherently psychic, this means that the planets themselves are sentient and will direct native creatures to fend off any threatening invaders.

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* [[SpaceAmish Eldar Exodite]] Maiden Worlds in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000''. The planets have thin crystal veins running through the world's crust, which the Exodites use as repositories for the spirits of their dead, in a manner similar to the Infinity Circuits on Eldar Craftworlds. This a good thing for the Exodites in a few ways; it means they don't get [[FateWorseThanDeath claimed by Slaanesh]] when they die, the spirits often serve as guides and mediators to living Exodites, and due to the fact that Eldar are inherently psychic, this means that the planets themselves are sentient and will direct native creatures to fend off any threatening invaders.



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* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' mythos, the Force is described as working like this, and characters who die are often described as becoming "one with the Force." ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' goes into it more. Everything is made up of the Living Force and when living things die, their Living Force flows into the Cosmic Force to be rejoined with all things.


* The Sea Of Souls in the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series is, effectively, the human collective unconcious made manifest, and is also the origin point of all souls. Personas, Demons, Shadows, and the various god-like entities in the franchise all come from the Sea Of Souls, due to being unconciously created by humanity itself.

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* The Sea Of Souls in the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' ''Franchise/{{Persona}}'' series is, effectively, the human collective unconcious made manifest, and is also the origin point of all souls. Personas, Demons, Shadows, and the various god-like entities in the franchise all come from the Sea Of Souls, due to being unconciously created by humanity itself.


* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the (rather poorly-defined) Incarnum. It's either souls or LifeEnergy, and the lack of it causes stillbirth. Which happened when a dragon by the name [[BigBad Ashardalon]] sat on [[TheLifestream its source]], gleefully omnomnom-ing it. Some heroes eventually dealt with him, but the source of Incarnum was cracked (or something), causing Incarnum to be available-as-powers like magic or psionic. When it's materialized, it looks like light-blue sands. [[TheForce Sounds awfully familar, don't it?]]

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the (rather poorly-defined) Incarnum. It's either souls or LifeEnergy, and the lack of it causes stillbirth. Which happened when a dragon by the name [[BigBad Ashardalon]] sat on [[TheLifestream [[The Lifestream its source]], gleefully omnomnom-ing it. Some heroes eventually dealt with him, but the source of Incarnum was cracked (or something), causing Incarnum to be available-as-powers like magic or psionic. When it's materialized, it looks like light-blue sands. [[TheForce Sounds awfully familar, don't it?]]

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** The concept returns in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' in a very similar manner to its original appearance in ‘’VII,’’ even sharing the same name. The Lifestream serves as a massive reservoir of aether, the setting’s source of magic, consciousness, souls, and indeed all matter, giving it the alternate title of the Aetherial Sea. It can even be used [[FunctionalMagic as a transportation system]] through the use of the aethernet, a network of aether crystals that act as targeting beacons for the Teleport spell.
*** Another older spell called Flow can be used more quickly and without the aid of the aethernet, but [[TeleporterAccident is considerably less reliable]] and is considered [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique too dangerous to be used outside of extreme emergencies]] thanks to the various ways it can mess things up. Such mishaps can include spitting the user out hundreds of miles from their destination, taking a very long time to resolve, or even leaving them trapped in the Stream indefinitely. Those last two are particularly troublesome as, also like in ‘’VII’’, overexposure can be damaging to individuals who still possess a corporeal body. [[spoiler: This is shown rather dramatically in the aftermath of 2.55, when Y’shtola is forced to use it in a last-ditch attempt to escape from the Brass Blades and both she and Thancred sustain significant injuries as a result of entrapment and overexposure, respectively.]]

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** The concept returns in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' in a very similar manner to its original appearance in ‘’VII,’’ ''VII,'' even sharing the same name. The Lifestream serves as a massive reservoir of aether, the setting’s source of magic, consciousness, souls, and indeed all matter, giving it the alternate title of the Aetherial Sea. It can even be used [[FunctionalMagic as a transportation system]] through the use of the aethernet, a network of aether crystals that act as targeting beacons for the Teleport spell.
*** Another older spell called Flow can be used more quickly and without the aid of the aethernet, but [[TeleporterAccident is considerably less reliable]] and is considered [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique too dangerous to be used outside of extreme emergencies]] thanks to the various ways it can mess things up. Such mishaps can include spitting the user out hundreds of miles from their destination, taking a very long time to resolve, or even leaving them trapped in the Stream indefinitely. Those last two are particularly troublesome as, also like in ‘’VII’’, ''VII'', overexposure can be damaging to individuals who still possess a corporeal body. [[spoiler: This is shown rather dramatically in the aftermath of 2.55, when Y’shtola is forced to use it in a last-ditch attempt to escape from the Brass Blades and both she and Thancred sustain significant injuries as a result of entrapment and overexposure, respectively.]]


** The concept returns in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', and the "aethernet" is the technique of using a network of crystals to hitch a ride in the stream and pop back up at your destination intact. There are a couple cases of people travelling the Lifestream without the aid of those crystal entrance/exits [[spoiler:(Y'shtola and Thancred)]] by use of a forbidden spell called Flow. In both cases, long-term exposure had lasting effects. [[spoiler:Y'shtola, who couldn't even escape the stream without outside help, wound up blind and now resorts to "seeing" the aether around her with her own life force. Thancred's personal aether was disrupted to the point that he can no longer use magicks, meaning he couldn't just teleport back home when he popped back into the world.]]

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** The concept returns in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'', ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' in a very similar manner to its original appearance in ‘’VII,’’ even sharing the same name. The Lifestream serves as a massive reservoir of aether, the setting’s source of magic, consciousness, souls, and indeed all matter, giving it the "aethernet" is alternate title of the technique Aetherial Sea. It can even be used [[FunctionalMagic as a transportation system]] through the use of using the aethernet, a network of aether crystals to hitch a ride in that act as targeting beacons for the stream Teleport spell.
*** Another older spell called Flow can be used more quickly
and pop back up at your destination intact. There are a couple cases of people travelling the Lifestream without the aid of those crystal entrance/exits [[spoiler:(Y'shtola the aethernet, but [[TeleporterAccident is considerably less reliable]] and Thancred)]] by use of a forbidden spell called Flow. In both cases, long-term exposure had lasting effects. [[spoiler:Y'shtola, who couldn't even escape the stream without is considered [[DangerousForbiddenTechnique too dangerous to be used outside help, wound up blind and now resorts to "seeing" the aether around her with her own life force. Thancred's personal aether was disrupted of extreme emergencies]] thanks to the point that he various ways it can no longer use magicks, meaning he couldn't just teleport back home mess things up. Such mishaps can include spitting the user out hundreds of miles from their destination, taking a very long time to resolve, or even leaving them trapped in the Stream indefinitely. Those last two are particularly troublesome as, also like in ‘’VII’’, overexposure can be damaging to individuals who still possess a corporeal body. [[spoiler: This is shown rather dramatically in the aftermath of 2.55, when he popped back into Y’shtola is forced to use it in a last-ditch attempt to escape from the world.Brass Blades and both she and Thancred sustain significant injuries as a result of entrapment and overexposure, respectively.]]


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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', this is ''kind of'' what the [[spoiler:Eldian "paths" are]]. It's a place where [[spoiler:the Eldian ancestor Ymir Fritz is trapped and made to create and recreate titan bodies out of the earth around her. Once she completes a titan body, it's presumably sent back to "reality". The only people capable of accessing the paths are Eldians who are titan shifters (such as Eren), and they forget about this dimension, along with Ymir Fritz, when they're revived... except those of royal blood. Zeke maintains memories of his human body being moulded by Ymir, and states that it felt like he was there for many years]]. It turns out that [[[spoiler:Eren's goal]] is to [[spoiler:rescue Ymir from her eternal prison and thus make it impossible for any more titans to be created]].

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', this is ''kind of'' what the [[spoiler:Eldian "paths" are]]. It's a place where [[spoiler:the Eldian ancestor Ymir Fritz is trapped and made to create and recreate titan bodies out of the earth around her. Once she completes a titan body, it's presumably sent back to "reality". The only people capable of accessing the paths are Eldians who are titan shifters (such as Eren), and they forget about this dimension, along with Ymir Fritz, when they're revived... except those of royal blood. Zeke maintains memories of his human body being moulded by Ymir, and states that it felt like he was there for many years]]. It turns out that [[[spoiler:Eren's [[spoiler:Eren's goal]] is to [[spoiler:rescue Ymir from her eternal prison and thus make it impossible for any more titans to be created]].

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* ''ComicBook/WonderWoman1987'': The Well of Souls is a place on the edge of Hades in the Underworld where spirits cleansed of their former lives await reincarnation lazily spinning in a towering glowing vortex.

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* The Sea Of Souls in the ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'' series is, effectively, the human collective unconcious made manifest, and is also the origin point of all souls. Personas, Demons, Shadows, and the various god-like entities in the franchise all come from the Sea Of Souls, due to being unconciously created by humanity itself.

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