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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Emergence, In Fifty-five Words - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division, Collected Chapters



Emergence 2.0
A Novel – In 55 Words a Day
Day 309, November 5th, 2017

Chapter One: The Apathetic

As the crisis hit, the Empire reacted.

Observers across the galaxy faltered, half had no care. “Let it collapse, do nothing.”

They had long since stopped feeling any obligation to the Collective, the Continuum, the central planet, or their shared ancestry, seeing in this an opportunity to free themselves from the expectations of their station.

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Day 310, November 6th, 2017

Chapter Two: The Nihilists

There were many people in the higher orders of the priesthood, and in the leadership of the armed forces, who knew enough to have lost their faith in the Imperial system, its religion, and its social norms.

Some among those groups argued that they do nothing in response to the crises on the Central Planet.

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Day 311, November 7th, 2017

Chapter Three: The Atheists

Only a few of the commanders believed that in this moment of weakness, and uncertainty. the best course of action would be to move against the Central Planet.

Even fewer of the senior staff believed in the dogma of the Imperial religion.

Nevertheless, they were still governed by fear of the unknown, and the Continuum.

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Day 312, November 8th, 2017

Chapter Four: The Traditionalists

Those among the leadership, those who were loyal to the Empire and its institutions, regardless of their faith in the religious beliefs (or lack of it), and the promises of the Continuum, they had the absolute majority. But they were unprepared for the violence coming at them from all sides.

Being unprepared, they were trapped.

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Day 313, November 9th, 2017

Chapter Five: The Believers

Soldiers did not doubt the visions of advancement, of resurrection, reincarnation, and eternal life, as promised by the Empire through the Imperial cult.

They could not afford to.

They risked everything for those beliefs, their own lives, and the lives of those under their command.

It made killing their enemies easy and their crimes forgivable.

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Day 313, November 9th, 2017

Chapter Six: God Fearers

Among those serving in the armed forces, the most dangerous people were those seeking advancement to the priesthood.

They were the most senior commanders, soldiers whose social rank placed them nearest to the threshold.

Few ever did advance, but the hope the held burned in them like a fever.

They mobilized the defenses.

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Day 314, November 10th, 2017

Chapter Seven: Martyrs

They were known as the god-fearers, and they never considered that any faction would oppose them.

They had never engaged a military power in which they did not possess the greater force.

The Empire was supreme, and accustomed to being on the offence.

As such, they were slaughtered in the places where they gathered…en-masse.

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Emergence 2.0:
Section Seven, War

Part Forty-three, Division

Collected Chapters
01 The Apathetic
02 The Nihilists
03 The Atheists
04 The Traditionalists
05 The Believers
06 God Fearers
07 Martyrs

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