"There are relics that predate the Universe itself. An ancient force of infinite destruction."
The Infinity Gems are six incredibly powerful ingots, each made to embody an aspect of the universe. Alone, they are immensely dangerous stones that have the ability to manipulate fundamental forces; if they were ever brought together, they would grant whoever wielded them in combination godhood over the universe.
When the universe was created, life came with it in grand forms. Powerful beings that can only be thought of as Gods thrived, and from them came the rest of creation.
One of these beings held tremendous power, and was tasked with overseeing six of the fundamental aspects of the universe: Space, Power, Time, Soul, Reality, and Mind. However, despite its nigh omnipotence the being was incredibly lonely; unable to cope with it and endure eternity alone, the being committed suicide, causing widespread destruction. Left behind were fragments of its form, the six universal aspects which became separate fields of energy related to their power. The energies were later discovered by the Elders of the Universe, and before the energies dissipated the aspects were gathered and forged into concentrated ingots, taking the form of gems.
Throughout history, each stone has been used by various beings and organizations, though they always return to obscurity. They have become the objects of myth and legend for whatever few civilizations that still remain aware of their existence. Their current locations are unknown.
The Infinity Gems are small, smooth ovals, and are known by their respective powers. Each of the Infinity Gems has the ability to be wielded and used by either a single being of exceptional power, or collections of lesser beings who focus their intent.
The Gems, while not being immutable and as such can be changed or altered over time, are entirely indestructible, as each contains a fundamental force of the universe.
The Gems cannot be used by typical beings. Each is far too powerful for creatures such as humans to even touch, as any attempts to do so will result in the utter destruction of their forms caused by the force contained within the stone. Should a human group attempt to use one Gem together, it is calculated they need at least 100 to hold it collectively to even survive the endeavor, while experiencing overwhelming effects of the contained force with side effects lasting to the end of their lives. Furthermore, they would require complete, unified focus with 100% simultaneous concentration to direct the powers of the wielded gem in order to actually use it; a feat that is seemingly near impossible due to the immense number of people in said group.
There are other creatures that do not experience such risks, however, due to their power. Certain entities can handle one of the gems with lesser numbers in groups, and a small handful can use a stone alone using something such as advanced technology, mystical arts, spells, or other attributes to shield them from negative side effects. Since no attempts to use even two of the six gems together have been successfully demonstrated, it is entirely unknown if there is anyone or anything capable of such a feat.
It is told that if there were a single entity that collected all six gems and were able to survive handling their combined might, as well as harnessing their immeasurable power, then the universe can finally have confirmed whether a true God exists or not.
Original form Edit
|Name||Color||Powers and Capabilities||Known Users|
|Power Gem||Red||Accesses all power and energy that ever has or will exist, and can boost the other gems' effects. Allows the user to duplicate almost any physical superhuman ability and grants them Omnipotence. It also grants the possessor the potential to manipulate all forms of energy for virtually any effect.|
|Time Gem||Orange||Allows the user total control over the past, present and future. It grants its user the ability to see into the past and the future; the ability to stop, slow down, speed up or reverse the flow of time; time travel; the ability to change the past and the future; age and de-age beings; and trap people or entire universes in unending loops of time. At full potential, the gem grants Omniscience|
|Reality Gem||Yellow||Allows the user to fulfill wishes, even if the wish is in direct contradiction with scientific laws, and do things that would normally be impossible. The gem can also be used to create any type of alternate reality one wishes and when backed by the other stones it allows one to alter reality on a universal scale.|
|Soul Gem||Green||Allows the user to steal, control, manipulate, and alter souls, living or dead, and is the gateway to an idyllic pocket universe that is much like Heaven. It also has the ability to steal the powers and abilities of others. The Soul Gem is sentient and has a hunger for souls. At full potential, the Gem grants control over all life in the universe.|
|Mind Gem||Blue||Allows the user to greatly strengthen and enhance mental and psionic power and access the thoughts and dreams of other beings. Backed by the Power Gem, the Mind Gem can access all minds in existence simultaneously|
|Space Gem||Purple||Allows the user to exist in any or all locations, move any object anywhere throughout reality, and warp or rearrange space. The gem allows its user to teleport oneself and others any place the user can imagine regardless of distance or preventive measures such as walls or spells. It can increase the speed of the gem user and also enables its user to alter the distance between objects contrary to the laws of physics. At full potential, the gem grants Omnipresence.|
Current form Edit
|Name||Color||Powers and Capabilities||Containment Unit||Known Users|
|Space Stone||Blue||Allows the user access to the fundamental force of Space. Beginner use allows one to increase their physical movement speed to near-instantaneous levels. Low-Intermediate use allows instant access to any location throughout the universe. High-Intermediate use allows one to manipulate the physical distance between objects regardless of the effects of physics. Master use allows one to warp and rearrange space, and to escape Black Holes. At full power, it allows the user to exist in any and all locations simultaneously, granting full Omnipresence.||The Tesseract||Odin|
|Mind Stone||Yellow||Allows the user access to the fundamental force of Mental energy. Beginner use greatly increases the intelligence of the wielder, to levels unobtainable by standard means. Low-Intermediate use allows access to telekinesis and telepathy, as well as shielding from mental intrusion and the use of suggestion on weak-willed beings. High-Intermediate use allows one access to abilities such as astral projection and full-blown dominance over the minds of others. Master use grants one an elevated sense of being, with their minds able to be projected onto a higher plane of existence; this allows them full access to the thoughts and dreams of other beings. At full power, the user is able to access all minds in the universe simultaneously, obtaining full Omniscience.||Chitauri Scepter||The Chitauri|
|Reality Stone||Red||Allows the user access to the fundamental force of Reality. Beginner use allows one to bend the existing laws of physics for various effects, such as scaling vertical surfaces. Low-Intermediate use allows the use of seemingly impossible feats such as conjuring form out of nothing, accessing alternative realities, and are able to impose their laws of physics on others. High-Intermediate users gain access to grant themselves or others wishes that can contradict the laws of the universe, fully control the laws in alternative realities, and are able to break the laws of physics by inventing their own laws of reality. Master users can manipulate reality to the point of changing how logic works, generating effects not only impossible, but also inconceivable. At full power, the user can alter reality on a universal scale, becoming Omniversal.||The Aether||Malekith the Accursed|
|Power Stone||Purple||Allows the user access to the fundamental forces of power and energy. Beginner use allows one access to various forms of energy, as well as boosting their own physical abilities. Low-Intermediate use grants one resistance to the effects of various forms of energy such as radiation and wave forms no matter their source, manipulate the energy present within other beings and forces, boosting the abilities of powerful artifacts, and duplicate the powers and abilities of other beings. High-Intermediate use allows one to rearrange and destroy elements and their respective atoms, and to obliterate all things on a planetary scale. Master use grants one the ability to create, boost the effects of the other Infinity Stones, manipulate and destroy the tiniest components of the universe, and access the powers of celestial forces and beings. At full power, it allows one full access and control of all unlimited power in the universe, granting them Omnipotence.||The Orb||The Celestials|
|Time Stone||Green||Allows the user access to the fundamental force of Time. Beginner use allows one to see briefly into the past and future, making it seem as if they have incredible reactive abilities. Low-Intermediate use grants one the use of slowing down or speeding up time for a single object, person, location or oneself, and further vision into the past and future. High-Intermediate use grants one the capacity to completely stop and reverse the flow of time, traveling through time into the past or future, trapping entities in a time-loop so long as they maintain focus on the target, and age or de-age beings. Master use allows one to exist outside the plane of time, as well as completely changing the past and future of one dimension, and trap beings in an endless time-loop without requiring conscious effort. At full power, the user can exist in all plains of time simultaneously throughout all pasts and futures of every dimension just as well as being outside any time plane, obtaining Omnichronence.||The Eye of Agamotto||Agamotto, The Sorcerer Supreme|
|Soul Stone||Orange||Allows the user access to the fundamental force of Life. Beginner use lets one observe and interact with entities and energies existing outside the corporeal realm. Low-Intermediate use grants one protection from astral effects and powers, also allowing them access to dimensional pockets containing souls, peering into the souls of others for hidden information, disrupt soul-based powers, and becoming aware of the sentient state of the Soul Stone. High-Intermediate use allows one to further disrupt soul-based powers, full control of the souls of the dead, influencing the souls of the living, trapping souls within the Stone itself, and replicate some powers and abilities of other beings. Master use allows one full dominance over living souls, absorbing souls into oneself to increase their power, near-mastery over the sentience over the Soul Stone, fully steal the powers and abilities of other beings, and have potential dominance over cosmic beings and deities. At full power, the user gains control over all life in the universe, obtaining Omnianimation.||Unknown|
- The Infinity Gems can take on various forms depending on their user's wishes. This can be seen in the fact that they were originally forged into smooth oval gems, but then later changed to become rocklike stones, altered coloration, and have been seen to even take on other matter phases such as the Reality Stone becoming the liquid Aether.
- Due to their incredible power and mysterious nature, various beliefs on their origins and capabilities exist across the universe. One popular telling is that the aspects of the stones existed as singularities before creation, then were concentrated into their stone forms after the Big Bang. Another telling is that whatever created the stones had something to do with Galactus's origins. Anywhere in the universe touched by the power of the stones has many civilizations each with different beliefs and mythologies based on the stones.