A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 006, Saturday
January 6th, 2018
Prolog: Part Six – Role
There are many reasons given by members of the Collective for their desire to leave the embrace of the Continuum. Some members seek the thrill of actual embodiment, others crave the simple life of an organic being.
Be mindful! There is nothing simple about it.
The Observer’s role is difficult, challenging. It will test the limits of your endurance, your intellect, your emotional state.
The vast powers you have access too as members of the Collective are truncated in a physical body.
Your bodies will be prepared in a such a way that you will be stronger, faster, smarter, more stable than those of the population you live with. Nevertheless, you will constantly face the limitations of the flesh.
These limitations are the primary reason that candidates fall out of the Observer Corps.
The Observer must resist the urge to influence their subjects, to become entangled in the dramatic narratives of their lives.
As a participant in the events that you immerse yourself in, you must at all times maintain an epistemic distance, you must not love them, you must always regard them as objects.
The worlds you visit and the people you encounter their entire history and their possible future belong to the Continuum, they are commodities.
Their lives and their cultures are meaningful only insofar as they are witnessed by, and absorbed into the Continuum.
Without the Continuum they would live and die in the emptiness of space, only to be consumed by their mother star, become nothing at all.
This is the future that awaits every world, and every being if they are not brought into the Continuum.
The Observer must be present to provide the vehicle by which those worlds can be remembered.
~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps
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