While the Gods of Destruction indicated that there are twelve parallel universes, this is only part of the story. In addition to these universes existing under a single collective, there are also parallel collectives, each slightly different to the one directly before and after it.
Caulifla and Kale participated in the Universe Survival Tournament in a collective two removed from the main collective.
As planned, she fused with Kale as the trump card for universe six and was successful in eliminating everyone except Frieza, Jiren and Android 17.
She was the last remaining participant for Universe Six and upon her elimination, the team was erased from existence.
Unbeknownst to her, Frieza won and wished for all prior knowledge of his nefarious deeds be erased so that he could operate an organisation like his new friend, Frost from Universe 6.
Is This The Afterlife?
Salient Plot Points
Being erased is not something the circle of life and death was created to accommodate. As a result of the universes being erased, the nothing came into existence. In the nothing, there is literally nothing. It is similar to the astral realm insofar as things can be manifested but unlike the astral realm these manifestations are purely unconscious.
Kefla found that while her body was still fused between Caulifla and Kale, her mind was not. Caulifla remained in charge of the body, but Kale was fighting her for control constantly, leading to headaches and muscle spasms.
While she was in the nothing, she saw other members of the tournament but was unable to speak to them, nor did they stay for more than a few moments. Other people also arrived, but Kefla didn’t notice them.
We’re Not In Universe 6 Anymore
Salient Plot Points Her consciousness is suddenly aware of sitting in a waiting room with memories of the Nothing but no concept of how she came to be sitting in a chair in what looks like a doctor’s waiting room.
Once she is shown through to an office, she finds what appears to be a human male called Leviathan. He explains that she was in limbo previously because instead of dying, her soul was deleted. Leviathan further tells her that the concept of there being a heaven and hell in the afterlife is wrong and that everyone’s afterlife consists of a neighbourhood of like-minded people.
She enjoys the neighbourhood for some time before realising that Leviathan was lying to her and that she is in hell. After several attempts to access the back end of the neighbourhood, she succeeds and creates a portal back to her universe.
Kefla Cahaya Gelap
Salient Plot Points Rather than appearing back home, she appears on a train. There are two other occupants, but they are identical looking. After some time, she engages them in conversation. The demons tell her the truth – that she was deleted, she was taken from the Nothing by Leviathan and subjected to a new type of torture and that she is now being taken to the more traditional Hell.
When the train stops, she is seized and hung in what the demons call pelukan kesakitan.
Kefla Keadilan Cauli
Salient Plot Points
After an amount of time that she is unable to determine passes, a being called Keadilan appears in front of her. He removes her from pelukan kesakitan and takes her to another office. The being explains that the afterlife is supposed to be balanced and that being taken to hell has tipped the balance because she wasn’t sufficiently bad during her life.
Keadilan tells her that she cannot go back to who she was, but that she will be restored to mortality. The Kale and Caulifla personalities are merged completely and organically so that they are no longer in conflict. The new persona, Cauli, remembers everything about the Nothing, the Neighbourhood and Hell. She remembers the events of her previous life but has no knowledge of names of faces of the people she knew.
Salient Plot Points
Cauli appears in the sky above Earth, encased in white light. She plummets towards the ground and meets a young Saiyan boy. During her adventures with him, she seeks the guardian of the Earth. Her minion, Popo, tells her that she is not yet ready to see the guardian and to come back when she is ready.
Within the known realms there are twelve universes, each with a mortal realm, a hell and a heaven. Outside this space is the null zone, where nothing exists. This is what is known. What is unknown is that there are an infinite number of parallel realms that are identical in structure but slightly different in detail the further one moves from the origin point. The origin of the Saiyan Divided, Cauli begins two realms adjacent to the known realm. In this realm, Universe Six had a planet Sadala and a Saiyan race. This realm also saw the omni king be exposed to the idea of a martial arts tournament. From Universe Six, three Saiyans take part. It is upon two of these Saiyans, Caulifla and Kale, that the story centres. Caulifla is a brash 14 year old who is more powerful than the reigning monarch, King Sadala. Kale is her best friend and is her opposite in almost every way. She hides within herself a dormant legendary power. Both girls are seen as the trump card, for their Supreme Kai has entrusted them with a pair of Potara earrings and instructed the duo to wear them if it looks like they are going to be eliminated. Thus the origin story begins, with Caulifla and Kale fighting for their universe’s very survival.
“Kale! On your left!” Caulifla shouted, a grin plastered across her youthful features. The duo was in the thick of it now and she couldn’t be happier. Her tail communicated this to her Saiyan comrades with subtle flicks and gestures. The nonverbal communication within her species was remarkable, she knew of no other like it. Yet sometimes she had to use her words, because he best friend just didn’t have the fighting instincts to match her power. Still though, her power was immense. Called the Legendary Super Saiyan, Kale’s aura was green instead of gold and before she mastered the form she was incredibly unpredictable. Nevertheless, in that form she was even more Caulifla’s type of person than she had been before.
A roar sounded from the direction that he best friend had drifted to and shortly thereafter a hyper compressed ball of emerald ki spun its way forward. Such was the velocity at which the ball was thrown that it warped on its own axis, becoming more of an oblong potato than a ball. There was silence for a moment after the impact of the blast, before an ear-shattering eruption of ki obliterated the area where two of the fighters from one of the other universes were standing. Such was Caulifla’s battle ability that she could see through the explosion and watched as the impact sent the two warriors careening over the edge. Two more down, a bunch more suckers to go. All was not well with Kale following the blast, which appeared to have actually been aimed at the trio of wolves who had her cornered. That it hit somebody else was just pure luck.
As Caulifla watched, Kale was pitched towards the side. With a roar of power, Caulifla transformed. He hair, already an unruly mess of punk-rock spikes, turned blonde and stood on end. It waved gently with the power now rolling off her body. Her irises, once a brown so dark that they seemed black, were now a shade of aquamarine and promised death to the furry trio. First though she needed to save her friend. Power was rolling off Kale in her attempts to save herself, but she hadn’t yet mastered flight. Caulifla was better at it but still by no means as proficient as the Universe 7 warriors that had taught the pipsqueak from the military how to do it. Nevertheless, the single soaring arc was sufficient to crash-tackle Kale to the ground at the edge of the ring. In a flash, they were on their feet but still weren’t fast enough to prevent themselves from being surrounded by the wolves.
“I think its time, sister,” said Caulifla with a smirk, “what do you say?” “If… if you think so.”
Caulifla gave a sniff of laughter at this. Kale was one of the most powerful people here in this state, but she was still timid like a mouse. That would change when they became one. Part of Caulifla wondered how much would change when they did. There was only one way to find out though. She tucked the special earring through her right ear as Kale did the same with her left. There was a flash of light and then the strangest sensation that she had ever experienced. It wasn’t pain as such, but it certainly wasn’t comfortable. A moment later it was gone, and she was a new person.
“I am Caulifla and Kale. You may call me Kefla. Prepare to taste my wrath.”
The stinking wolf with the poison claws was the first recipient. Kefla disappeared as he struck with those disgusting appendages, seizing him by the tail and whirling him above her head. If there was one thing that she could understand, it was exactly how uncomfortable that was. It was about to get worse. Wielding the wolf as a club, she hit the other two wolves out of the arena before body-slamming the poison wolf into the arena. She didn’t know if it was the successive impacts against his brothers, or the slam into the rocky ground but the wolf was now cross-eyed. Kefla laughed at the ridiculous simp before unceremoniously kicking it over the side of the arena to join its brothers.
In the other parts of the arena, the battle was reaching fever pitch. Most of the warriors from Universe 7 were still together and still fighting, while there were only six others in total. As she watched, the odd man in the red spandex with the moustache was defeated by the Saiyan from universe 7 and the weird bald alien from universe 7 eliminated three people from his own team, including the Saiyan who had surpassed everyone momentarily with his weird grey super Saiyan state. There were now just three others left. One was the weird bald alien that had just betrayed his own team, the second was also from universe 7 and was an odd dark-haired human. The third was Jiren, the sole hope of his universe and one of the most powerful fighters that Kefla had ever seen.
The excitement was palpable now, and Kefla couldn’t wait to get into the thick of it. These three were in a stand off of sorts, watching each other and waiting for the other to react. The odd bald alien moved first, sending a pink energy disc at Jiren before attacking him head-on. That left the strange human for Kefla. The smartest move would have been to hang back at let universe 7 double team the biggest threat – Jiren. Kefla wasn’t interested in the smart money, she just wanted to punch something. That something ended up being the bald alien with the tail, as it moved past Jiren to attack her as she set her sights on the human. She dodged under his tail whip attack and drove her fist into his abdomen. The blow was rewarded with a grunt of pain as the alien’s eyes popped with discomfort. Kefla followed up with a flurry of blows, some of which impacted against various parts of the alien’s body. He returned them in kind, striking at anything unprotected that he could get his hands on. It was a thrilling battle but one that ended far too quickly. Kefla accessed the legendary transformation from Kale’s DNA and immediately registered a threat to the rest. They put aside their differences and concentrated their attack on her. The tactic worked and though powerful, she was unable to contend with their combined might. Kefla was the last member of the universe six team to be eliminated and was erased along with her entire universe. Having contended with the monkey threat, Frieza and Android 17 combined to bring the mighty Jiren to his knees. Android 17 knew that the changeling would betray him but this knowledge failed to inoculate him. As soon as Jiren was eliminated, Android 17 found himself plummeting out of the ring following a sneak attack from the dastardly changeling. As the only surviving person in the ring, Frieza was declared the winner and given the wish. His wish was simple. He wished for everyone to forget him. From this position on anonymity, he started a new organisation dedicated to helping planets rebuilding after wars. These wars were started by his Planet Trade Organisation.
The circle of life is supposed to be just that, a circle. A being is born, it lives for a length of time that is determined by genetic and environmental factors and then it dies. Its body breaks down and as far as the world is concerned, it didn’t exist anymore. That’s didn’t happen to Kefla. When her universe was erased, heaven and hell went with it. She didn’t die, she just ceased. The greater existence is well-used to chaos and knows exactly what to do to keep the balance. The disappearance of so many souls would have had devastating consequences for the natural balance and as a defence mechanism, the Nothing came to be. The nothing was exactly that – it was nothing. It was a void where the souls of those unfortunate enough to be deleted were condemned to spent eternity. This place is not unlike the astral realm – it can be shaped by its inhabitants. The key difference is that where the astral realm responds to the conscious thoughts of its inhabitants, the Nothing responds to the unconscious. It can manifest a person’s deepest desires or worst fears, every person is different.
Caulifla woke screaming. She didn’t know how long she had been asleep or even is asleep is the right way to describe what she had been. Was she dead? Was this the afterlife? She had a splitting headache and … something else was wrong. She didn’t feel like Kefla anymore. She scrambled around on all fours for a moment, looking for a mirror to see what had happened. When one didn’t eventuate, she looked around to see if Kale was anywhere too, even resorting to calling out her friend’s name in desperation.
Caulifla… I’m in here still. What? Why are you in my head? I guess, since we fused its our head now? Its not supposed to happen like this. The Supreme Kai said that our bodies and minds would become one. If we became one, why did you follow me back to my body when we died? Did we die? It didn’t hurt. I… don’t actually know the answer to that.
Caulifla looked around, her movements clumsy.
Stop trying to drive. This is my body. Then why am I here too? Its our body. Stop it, Kale! I mean it. Or what? You’ll hit me? Same body, ding dong. Where was this sass when it would have been useful? Oh, I’m so sorry I had to die for you to accept who I am. That’s not what I meant. Quit being such a baby. Is there someone over there?
Caulifla whipped around, the reflex action wrestling control of her body back from Kale for the moment. There was someone over there in the mist. She sprinted in their direction, yelling and screaming like a madwoman. The person’s movements were muted, like they were a spirit or some sort of apparition. They were calling something out in a language that Caulifla didn’t recognise. The mists swirled in response before reclaiming the person without Caulifla having ever made contact.
“No!” she screamed, “no! Come back!”
Another person appeared further away, and was greeted with the same mad yelling and faded away before Caulifla could reach them. She didn’t know how long she was at it, but it was a long time. By the time she was ready to give up she was exhausted. As she collapsed, she landed on soft fall that supported her while she lapsed in and out of consciousness, her mind feverish with rage and pain. Though she believed that she was back in her own body, the lack of reflective surfaces in this realm hadn’t let her confirm what she looked like. In actual fact, she was still in the body of Kefla but in being deleted, the two souls had been split without a body to put the second one in. That was why Kale was insistently demanding equal representation within the body they shared.
Caulifla awoke with a start and was shocked to find herself sitting on a couch in what looked like the waiting room to an office. Had she dreamed the empty space that she had been in before? Was Kale still invading her head?
I’m not invading. I have just as much right to be here as you do. Its my body. Its our body. There’s a mirror over there, go take a look.
Caulifla turned her head to regard the mirror. She couldn’t see herself from this angle and stood up to check it out. When she saw the reflection, she sank back into the chair, despondent.
Told you. Our body. How did you know? I wouldn’t be here otherwise. But why is it the two of us and not the one of us? I know even less than you do. Did the Supreme Kai tell you what would happen if something went wrong? No. He didn’t even consider it possible that we would lose in this state. Shows what he knows. Kale? What? I’m sorry. For what? Getting you into this. Talking you into fusion. Bullying you for existing. You respect strength. You needed mine. I get it. I didn’t even want you to be there. It was Cabbie that told me about your potential. Since when do you listen to Cabbie? Since he was making sense. He’s a teddy bear, he never makes sense. You’ve still got a thing for him. He’s dead. Or whatever…
Kale didn’t get a chance to respond, for at that moment the pale wooden door opened to reveal a kindly-looking humanoid with white hair and an immaculately pressed suit. He smiled in her direction and gestured for her to join him in the room. Suddenly unsure of herself following the huge bungle regarding Kale, Caulifla hesitated. Full of self-confidence for once, Kale took over and walked them into the room. It was a strange sensation for Caulifla. She could feel everything her body did but wasn’t responsible for it happening. In her mind it was as though she was falling. If this was what Kale felt like every moment she could understand why she was so ticked off about Caulifla claiming their body as her own. As they took a seat in front of the humanoid, he smiled again and clasped his hands together in front of him.
“Where am I?” asked Caulifla. “To whom am I speaking?” asked the humanoid. “Caulifla,” she responded. “How interesting,” said the humanoid, his smile suddenly seeming affixed instead of genuine, “we had wondered what had happened. Is Kale in there too?” “Yes,” responded Caulifla, her tone suspicious. “But where are my manners,” responded the humanoid in a jovial fashion, “I am Leviathan. I retrieved you from that place and brought you here. I suppose you are aware by now that something has gone wrong with the fusion. Your minds separated, but your body didn’t. It is very strange. I haven’t seen anything like it before.” “You haven’t answered my question,” responded Caulifla. “Of course, of course. My apologies. For you to understand where you are now, I feel that it is my duty to inform you of where you have been. Correct me if I am wrong, but your last mortal memory is of being eliminated from the tournament?” “Yes.” “As soon as that happened, Zen-Oh erased your universe. Now, this came with several unexpected cosmic consequences that I am sure the great one couldn’t possibly have anticipated. You see, ordinarily when a person dies they go to heaven or hell depending on how they were during their life. The problem is that heaven and hell are difference planes of existence in the same universe. I’m sure you understand the issue.” “Not really, no.” “Right, well. As Zen-Oh erased the entire universe, your souls didn’t pass to the afterlife. They were essentially deleted.” “Then why do I still exist.” “Ah, well you see this is what is interesting. The multiverse found a way to keep the balance that might otherwise have been affected. It created a new realm and dumped all of you in there. Quite the ingenious solution.” “Then how can I be Caulifla, Kale and Kefla at the same time?” “Supreme Kais are supposed to be above mortal consequences and as a result, the potara earrings created a glitch. Kefla had two souls, but one body. Something got confused along the way and so your souls separated. Without a body, Caulifla or Kale would have perished. The two of you seem to have unconsciously decided to share the body so that you could both survive.” “What happens now?” “Well, since you are outside the traditional structure of a universe, the idea of heaven and hell are wrong. Instead of going somewhere for rainbows and cookies or demons and pitchforks, you are instead sent to a neighbourhood of sorts. Within this neighbourhood are a group of likeminded people and you will see out eternity in whatever fashion you see fit.” “So I am dead?” “Yes and no. You exist on a different plane of existence.” “Where is my universe?” “Gone.” “Can it be brought back?” “No, it cannot. It is beyond even Zen-Oh’s ability to bring the universes back now that they have been erased.” “What about Kale? Can she be given a body?” “I will look into it. This is quite a unique case, as I’m sure you can appreciate. In the meantime, try and coexist as best you can.”
Still feeling guilty, Caulifla let Kale remain in control of their body. Rather than concentrate on the feeling of vertigo that accompanied Kale using their body, Caulifla tried her best to sleep. It took a great deal of time, but eventually she stopped being aware of the body’s movements as she fell into a sleep-like state within the body as it was still moving around. Several days passed like this, during which Caulifla had no idea what was going on around her. The neighbourhood was explained to Kale, who immediately noticed several issues with it. The centrepiece was a fighting ring, but because Kale wasn’t blindly marching in, she noticed during the several bouts that she took part in that her opponent was always a shade stronger than she was. Even if she fought somebody who wasn’t a Saiyan twice in a row, she would always lose. In fact, she didn’t win a single fight in all of the time she was in control. When Caulifla came to, it was a nervous Kale that greeted her once again.
What’s wrong? I don’t think this is Heaven. Well no, the guy said this is different. Yes, but it isn’t that either. I think we are in hell. Why would you think that? There’s a fighting grid here. Sounds like heaven to me. Let me finish. It’s a fighting grid, but you can’t actually win any of the fights. I almost won one of them, saw the weakness and the immediately had a rematch. The weakness wasn’t there anymore. So the person saw their own weakness? I never exploited it. There was no reason for it to be seen as a weakness. That isn’t a lot to go on. Its not just that. There’s no community. Do you remember back on Sadala, when you said the best thing about the gang wasn’t the power, it was that everyone has each other’s backs? Of course. It’s the opposite of that here. Everyone keeps you at a distance. There’s no camaraderie. Its built like something that is supposed to be heaven, but is slightly wrong every step of the way. Either the person who made it is an idiot or they have deliberately made it slightly wrong to torture us. That… is a surprisingly compelling argument. So what do we do then? We steal the train. The train? Why do they need a train? Surely everyone here can fly? Of course. Leviathan uses it, he said it takes him to other neighbourhoods.
Just as Caulifla was about to respond, somebody approached them. It was a green-skinned alien with orange spiked hair, not unlike the characteristic unruly hair of the Saiyan race. He looked panicked, but calmed visibly when he saw them and beckoned them to follow him. With a mental shrug, Kale did so. Caulifla was surprised to note that she felt substantially less vertigo having been asleep for however long she was out. Perhaps that was the secret. She wondered if Kale experienced the same feeling.
Time not in control makes it easier, but its always there.
“You’re Caulifla, right?” he asked. “Sure,” responded Kale. “I need your help.” “With?” “I’m going to steal the train.” “What makes you think I would help?” “Because you aren’t any good at the only thing this place has going for it? Come on, I’ve seen you fight in the grid. You lose every time. Don’t you want to find a better neighbourhood that doesn’t focus on something you’re not good at?” “You make a surprisingly compelling argument. Do you know how to drive it?” “Yes. I have been here for a lot longer than you and I believe I have it figured out.” “Lead the way then.”
Kale remained in control of the body. Caulifla didn’t fight her for it; she had no clue where they were going so it made sense to take a back seat on this one. It didn’t take long for them to reach the train station and board the train. The alien moved to the front to get it going and indicated that they should take a seat somewhere in the front carriage. Kale did so and before long, the vehicle was moving and the area to their rear faded into nothingness. Caulifla found it difficult to believe that their escape had been that easy, but was glad nonetheless.