"This... Is the Scroll of Eternity. All of Time... All of History. Everything... Its all listed in here. But... here just take a look at this. As you can see... if history... is any way altered or distorted... it could change the world as we know it. We have no choice. We have to stop it... We can't let history change."
Scrolls of Eternity (終わりと始まりの書 Owari to Hajimari no Sho), more commonly known as Time Scrolls, are special scrolls that contain the record of various time periods and eras in the history of the Universe that appear in Dragon Ball Xenoverse and Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2.
The Time Scrolls are an essential tool used by members of the Time Patrol in their role of defending history. They allow Chronoa and Future Trunks to pinpoint various time distortions caused by villains such as the Dark Empire and Demigra. The scrolls are contained in the Time Vault located inside the Time Nest. The time scrolls hold a record of specific time periods such as the battle with the Saiyan Raditz during the beginnings of the Attack of the Saiyans in Age 761, the Dragon Team battles against the Saibamen and the elite Saiyans Nappa & Vegeta, and the Battle on Planet Namek. Due to Future Trunks' use of the Time Machine resulting in the first time distortion in the history of the universe and the Supreme Kai of Time's decision not to erase the new timelines created as a result of his actions, some scrolls record alternate timelines such as the GT Era and Future Trunks' own timeline.
Part of the Supreme Kai of Time's job involves the creation of new scrolls to record history as time marches on and according to her she can erase certain changes in history should she choose to such as the aforementioned new timelines created in the wake of Future Trunks and Cell's use of Future Bulma's Time Machine. Because they are stored in the Time Vault should it ever be destroyed or damaged, history would be erased implying that the destruction of a time scroll could erase the period it records from history.
In order to prevent Time Machines used by the Time Patrol from creating alternate timelines, which was a dangerous side effect caused by the use of Future Bulma's Time Machine, the Supreme Kai of Time instructed Future Trunks on how to create Time Machines that lack this dangerous side effect that was present in Future Bulma's original Time Machine.
Like Time Machines, Time Scrolls are also capable of Time Travel though only to the point in history in which they record. They can also summon its user back to the Time Nest once history has been corrected. As they were created by the Supreme Kai of Time and their important function in recording history, they apparently do not produce alternate timelines making them another safe method of time travel for use by members of the Time Patrol.
When a time distortion occurs in a specific time period, the scroll will become enveloped by dark energy and will show a new record of that time period that shows the results of the change in history, such as historical figures like Goku being killed at a point when they weren't supposed to or finding them in a hopeless situation where they are on the verge of being killed by an enemy or enemies that should have already been defeated or killed.
"Are you the Patroller who's on the critical mission? Everyone's talking about you! You know the great hero? But if you look very closely at each of the changes the hero made, you'll find slight imperfections in history. That's because those interventions were made by someone who never existed in the original timeline. Because of this, we can detect tiny fluctuations in history. That's why we have Parallel Quests. We keep trying again and again to fix history completely, but we can only ever get a fraction closer to the correct version."
— Namekian Time Patroller Skid explaining time fragments as tiny fluctuations in the corrected history Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
When there is a change in history the scrolls split off and once a history has been corrected the Supreme Kai of Time is able to rejoin the split scrolls. However, even if the Time Patrol fix the history to the way it was supposed to be, it's still not the same due to the presence of the Time Patroller(s) that fixed it. Therefore, when the scrolls are rejoined, there are some things that remain in space-time and these are known as runaway Time Fragments. The fragments themselves are not really a problem if they are left alone. However, they end up creating their own histories, which can draw bad guys' attention, thus Parallel Quests are the Time Patrols attempt to deal with these stray fragments and prevent them from being misused or causing problems. These runaway Time Fragments are produced by tiny fluctuations in history created as a side effect of Time Scroll based history correction as the Time Patrol can only get a fraction closer to the correct version.
Normally when Chronoa puts the scrolls back to gather after a correction, the original flow of history is restored thus the changes and fixes disappear as the original timeline is restored thus explaining why people do not remember a Time Patroller they have encountered previously in an altered timeline as those events disappear from history. This is to prevent any anomalies however though they have no memory of past encounters with a Time Patroller once history is corrected, people can have a vague feeling they have encountered that patroller if they meet them again as shown by Goku who notes that he has a odd feeling like he had met the Future Warrior previously after they help calm down Beerus after he eats Chronoa's pudding in the altered timeline of Age 778.
However in certain cases Chronoa can leave alterations in if they are minor and do not effect the original flow of history as she did during the A Desperate Future Saga when she allowed Trunks: Xeno's reunion with Future Gohan before his death in the altered timeline of Age 780 of Trunks' timeline as Future Gohan had chosen to go to his death knowing that his student would bring peace to the future and that his fight had a purpose. Chronoa did this out of respect for Trunks: Xeno and Future Gohan, believing that the change itself was minor as did Elder Kai who jokingly noted they'd just let that one slip by. However, unfortunately Towa's Distorted Time Eggs created a natural time distortion which produced an alternate future timeline shown in the Unknown History Saga where Trunks: Xeno choose to fulfill his desire to save his master and Future Gohan is able to tap into his hidden potential when he fears for Trunks: Xeno's safety allowing him to defeat the Androids with Trunks: Xeno's assistance. This shows that even minor changes can have unpredictable results thus even Chronoa must be careful to ensure they disappear from the original history to prevent cases like this one. However, this case was unique as the distortion was caused by the Distorted Time Eggs reacting to Trunks: Xeno's strong desire to save his mentor resulting in a completely nature time distortion (similar to the artificial ones created by the design flaw of Future Bulma's original Time Machine) which creates an alternate timeline. However, it is up to Chronoa herself how to deal with said alternate timeline the fate of which is unclear as Chronoa never reveals her final decision on the matter.
"If your wondering why we use a time machine to enter Parallel Quests, but scrolls for other quests, then let me tell you. It's because the history for Parallel Quests is different from the history that's stored in the Time Vault. It might be easier to understand if you think of it as a bunch of digressions and sidebars that have spun off from the main story. The long and sort of it is that we can't access that history using the scrolls, on with a time machine."
— Namekian Time Patroller Skid explaining the difference between original and parallel timelines in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
Even when the original unaltered timeline is restored following a successful correction, runaway time fragments are naturally produced as a side effect resulting in parallel timelines that the Time Patrol deals with through Parallel Quests. Though as these parallel timelines are not recorded in the Time Vault a Time Scroll cannot be used to access these timelines, though thankfully Chronoa taught Trunks: Xeno and his mother how to fix the Time Machine's design flaw that produces alternate timelines to develop a new model of Time Machine that is time distortion free which Chronoa sanctioned for use by the Time Patrol allowing them to access these timelines. However since they are not recorded within the scrolls there is no danger of these timelines overloading the Time Vault as they are simply a natural side effect of Time Scroll based time correction which are no where near as dangerous as time distortions or history changes.
In the Infinite History Saga, it is revealed by both Chronoa and Fu that the Rifts in Time the Time Patrol is investigating are not connected to the history recorded thus altering history within the rift's timeline is technically safe and Chronoa herself even comes close to hypothetically suggesting they could alter history safely when Fu points out that fact before catching herself as the only way to weaken the rift is to fix its history, which could be rendered impossible if too much is altered in addition to the fact it goes against everything the Time Patrol stands for. When Fu's alterations make it impossible for them to correct the timeline, Fu reveals his ability to absorb the energy of the changes he makes which causes the rift to disappear. Fu later offers the use of his ability to deal with the rifts, though this creates a moral dilemma for the Time Patrol as they must aid Fu in altering the history of the rifts to utilize his power. Though she does not morally approve of Fu's actions of altering history even in a technically safe manner or trust him, Chronoa decides to leave the decision whether or not to work with Fu to the Future Warrior. However, even if altering the history of Time Rifts is safe due to them being unconnected, they can still be used by villains such as Dabura who created the rifts as part of his revenge plan. It is also revealed that during her infiltration of the Time Vault in Age 852 shortly before her own death in Age ???, Towa secretly utilized the Time Scroll for Age 774 within the Time Vault to directly save her brother from being killed by Innocent Buu before covering her tracks so the alteration was never detected by the Time Patrol until they encountered the vengeful Dabura alive.
During the events of Dragon Ball Xenoverse, the Future Warrior and occasionally Future Trunks use the Time Scrolls to undo the changes to history caused by the Time Breakers and Demigra via the use of Demigra's Dark Magic and Villainous Mode as a part of Time Patrol missions. Most start off with Future Trunks showing the Future Warrior a scroll with a history change and will show an alteration of the period in question such as Raditz escaping from being killed by the Full-Nelson Special Beam Cannon resulting in the death of Goku and Piccolo or Ginyu stealing Vegeta's body and attacking Goku with the rest of the Ginyu Force then stealing Goku's body and killing Goku while he's trapped in Vegeta's body. The Future Warrior will then use the Time Scroll to travel to a point before this allowing them to aid the Z-Fighters or other historic heroes such as Goku's father Bardock and correct the flow of history, while Future Trunks and the Supreme Kai of Time monitor the events from the Time Nest. If a situation calls for it, Future Trunks will also use them as well to back up the Future Warrior such as during the Warrior's second confrontation with Mira during the Cell Games or to assist the Warrior restoring time displaced historical figures, such as after the events of the Legendary Super Saiyan Saga where he appears in Age 762 to knockout his father Vegeta to prevent him from asking too many questions and to transport Bardock and Broly back to their original time periods or returning the GT villains back to their respective eras at the end of the GT Saga.
During the Demon God Demigra Saga, when the Future Warrior and Goku are hit and restrained by Demigra's magic spears while trying to stop Demigra from destroying the Time Vault, as they fall unconscious, the Future Warrior sees a Time Scroll and hears Tokitoki's call. They awake to find themself in an empty space that resembles the Hyperbolic Time Chamber. While exploring their new surroundings the find a time scroll containing a record of Demigra's attack on the Time Vault in Age 850 and see a reply of their failure to stop Demigra. Determined to put things right the Future Warrior uses the Time Scroll to travel to the point of Demigra's attack. This allows the Warrior to free Goku allowing him to deal with the energy sphere that is about to destroy the Time Vault while the Warrior follows Demigra through the portal he uses to escape to the safety of the Crack of Time resulting in the final showdown with the Demon God.
"Hey there! How are you doing? Are the Time Patrols going okay? Hm? Why do we go back and fix history? You haven't heard? I don't believe it. Think about it. We can't let these evildoers just go back and change history as they please! If history is altered too much, it'll be the end of the world as we know it! Once history changes, it will create a fissure in the Book of the Beginning and End. When there is a difference between the proper history and the altered one, it's too much for a single scroll to contain. So as the number of scrolls increases, the Time Vault where they're stored fills up. Once its limit is reached... Boom! I'm afraid if the Time Vault goes, the entire universe will disappear along with it. That's why you need to fix these changes, so I can return things to a single scroll! Yup, I'm completely capable of such a feat! What do you expect from the all-powerful Supreme Kai of Time?!"
— Chronoa explaining how altering history could destroy the Time Vault in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2
In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, while the Future Warrior is fighting Frieza alongside Nail, Chronoa and Elder Kai notice Turles and Lord Slug near the Namekian Dragon Balls and realizing they will not make it in time, Chronoa orders them to return to the Time Nest. After they return she gives them another scroll and explains the Elder Kai that all they have to do is go back a little further in time to stop Turles and Lord Slug from changing history, though Elder Kai calls it to be cheating. Chronoa responses that it is the Time Patrol's duty to defend history and will do whatever it takes. This shows it is possible to fix multiple changes consecutively by returning the Time Nest and using another scroll to travel further back. Chronoa also explains to the Future Warrior in an optional conversion that there is a limit to the number of scrolls that the vault can contain and if that limit is reached, the time vault would be destroyed erasing the universe from existence.
Video Game Appearances
Time Scrolls are first mentioned in Dragon Ball Online, under the name Time Passport, when Mira steals one of them, which gives him, Towa, and the Time Breakers the ability to travel through time.
Time Scrolls also appear in Dragon Ball Xenoverse and used during Time Patrol Missions (which serve as the game's story). Once a mission is completed, the player can then use the Time Scroll to replay the mission at any point after that by visiting the Time Vault located in the Time Nest which are organized by saga with each mission acting as different episode. In addition when viewing the scrolls in the Time Vault, there will be a brief summary of that outlines the plot of either the saga or the current mission. It will also list the players overall score and grade for each completed mission and the overall grade for each completed saga. The same holds true in Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, save for the Unknown History Saga though a Time Scroll acts as its menu.
- Though there is obviously more than one Scroll of Eternity, at various times they are referred to as a singular scroll. However, if Future Trunks' alterations to history resulting in the first time distortion that resulted in the creation of several alternate timelines is taken into account, it is likely that at some point before Future Trunks traveled to the past, there was originally only one Scroll of Eternity and it was only after the very first time distortion in history that multiple scrolls came into existence.
- It is unclear if the Time Machine created in Universe 12 mentioned in Dragon Ball Super produced any time distortions as it is possible to create Time Machines that do not produce them as demonstrated by the Time Machine's used by the Time Patrol and Chronoa's assertion that the Time Machines used by Future Trunks and Cell had a flaw in their design that creates alternate timelines. Presumably it did not or Chronoa meant Trunks' Time Machine created the first time distortion in Universe 7 (it should be noted that the existence of the Time Machine of Universe 12 was not revealed at the time of Chronoa's explanation of the first time distortion created by Future Trunks' time machine in Xenoverse). Given that said Time Machine is in the possession of Ugg, presumably its use was either prevented or dealt with before it could be used to alter history and/or create alternate timelines. Alternatively the timelines it created were erased by Chronoa (or her Universe 12 counterpart if there even is one which is unlikely given that all 12 Universes share the same timeline as there is a future multiverse and a separate multiverse in the main timeline).
- If one examines the Time Scrolls closely, one can see a tassel with one of Tokitoki's feathers attached to it.
- The Time Chasm Crystals found in the Crack of Time function in a similar manner as they are capable of showing various events in history. The only difference is Time Chasm Crystals are a natural phenomenon while the Scrolls of Eternity are created by the Supreme Kai of Time. Time Chasm Crystals also lack the ability to be used as a means of Time Travel.
- In Xenoverse it is implied that before Trunks' use of his mother's time machine originally there was only a single Scroll of Eternity (as there was only a single timeline at that point), however the time distortion created by Trunks' use of the Time Machine caused the scroll to split, leading to the creation of alternate timelines.
- A Time Scroll that shows the history of Age 737 appears in one of the opening cutscenes in Xenoverse 2. After showing a history change where Bardock sees a vision of Super Saiyan Blue Goku fighting Golden Frieza, it unrolls until it is stopped by Turles' foot.
- Interestingly, this scroll is extremely distorted after the history change indicating it maybe what happens when a scroll is completely overwhelmed by a change. However another interesting possibility is that this scroll represents the Time Passport used by the Time Breakers (who appear near the end of said opening) or that the Time Passport itself may be little more than a Distorted Time Scroll artificially created by Towa (as the Xenoverse series only shares certain elements in common with Dragon Ball Online and apparently has its own separate continuity given differences in their narratives) which makes far more sense than Mira stealing a Time Scroll or similar device (at least within the Xenoverse series as such an event is never mentioned or depicted, as the Time Breakers ability to travel through time is left unexplained within Xenoverse series narrative, with the exception of Towa and Mira's use of a wormhole to travel from the Time Vault in Age 852 to Age ??? though this was a special case).
- Though the Time Nest is located on the edge of Universe 7, it is likely that the Time Vault stores history for the entire Multiverse as the universes are known to share timelines (such as the main timeline and the erased future multiverse in Future Trunks' timeline). However the Xenoverse primarily focuses on the history of Universe 7 as it is where most of the series historical events take place (with the notable exception of the Tournament of Destroyers in Xenoverse 2 which takes place on the Nameless Planet which is located in neutral space between Universes 6 and 7).
- It is shown in Xenoverse 2 that although the future timeline ends at Age 796 when the future multiverse is erased and it is abandoned by its surviving inhabitants, its timeline is still recorded in its scroll. This means that in the Xenoverse series Future Zeno did not erase the timeline itself, just its multiverse.
- It is implied that most Rifts in Time are unconnected to the history stored within the Time Scrolls which is why altering history in those timelines are safe as they are separate from the official history. This is also why Chronoa tends to premit most Time Rifts to remain once they've been weaken and/or their cause is found. However in the case of Goku Black's Time Ring enhanced The Work of the Gods, the rift connects multiple timelines together including recorded ones which make it far more dangerous. The same holds true for Wormholes that connect different timelines.
- However, Chronoa herself generally opposes altering a time rift's history on moral grounds even though it is theoretically safe as such alterations can negatively effect the lives of those that inhabit those rift timelines thus explaining why Chronoa disapproves of Fu's experiments, even though she permits the Future Warrior and their partner to aid Fu in order to utilize his ability to absorb the changes if they feel it is the best way to handle the rifts.