The Source, a manifestation of The Presence, was created by the emergence of the Universe approximately 19 billion years ago. It is described as the great energy of creation that lives in all things. Lying at the edge of the known multiverse is the Source Wall, which protects the Source, and
The Source is the "source" of all that exists and acts as the limitless energy from which all life sprang forth in the Universe, revered by the New Gods.
The Source, a manifestation of The Presence, was created by the emergence of the Universe approximately 19 billion years ago. It is described as the great energy of creation that lives in all things. Lying at the edge of the known multiverse is the Source Wall, which protects the Source, and traps all those who attempt to pass beyond it as Promethean Giants.
The Source was responsible for birthing The Seven Forces of the Universe, the essential energies for the good working of the Multiverse with all its elements operating in harmony with one another. The Source entrusted this energy to The Hands, a race of cosmic beings it created to use this energy to create multiverses.
The Source is closely associated with the New Gods, as it was the supposed origin of the "Godwave", a cosmic energy wave that is believed to have been responsible for creating and empowering the "Gods" with their divine abilities. It also seems to be partially responsible for the ability of certain people to develop super-powers, especially those which defy the laws of physics.
Death of the New Gods
Main article: Death of the New Gods
While investigating the death of the New Gods, Metron encountered the Source. The Source revealed it was behind the deaths to build a new "Fifth World" after the Third and Fourth Worlds of the respective Old and New Gods proved unsatisfactory. It revealed that the most powerful gods of three pantheons of the Third World--the "Old Gods"--attacked it and caused it to split into separate beings. The other being evolved into the Anti-Life entity. In retribution, the Source destroyed the Old Gods and created the New Gods. However, its diminished stature caused the New Gods to be flawed, leading the New Gods to diverge from the Source's wishes and only able to understand cryptic commands through messages written by a disembodied hand. The Source sought to reunite with its other half and start anew and destroy the New Gods in the process. It has apparently manipulated several beings such as Alexander Luthor and Rip Hunter, as it never resided behind the Source Wall, to create the 52 worlds of the Multiverse to ease the reunion of the two halves of the Source and commandeered the The Infinity Man to assassinate the New Gods and collect their souls inside a second wall within the Source Wall to be reincarnated as the raw materials for its Fifth World.