A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 072, Tuesday
March 13th, 2018
Chapter Two: Fascination
There is a pervasive curiosity in the Collective, and in its Continuum.
The Continuum, and the individuals comprising its membership are endlessly curious about the myriad cultures of their offspring. It is a consumptive curiosity, a hungry curiosity. They are addicted to the voyeuristic experience of the galactic Empire and its million worlds.
The Collective witnessed these things from afar. It incorporated the drama of these worlds into the experience of its members; vicariously, allowing them to go experience it for themselves.
They had a morbid fascination with extreme emotions and sensations. Pleasure, fear, pain, hope; it fed on these as if there was no other source of sustenance.
They felt pain without knowing it, felt pleasure without loving it, fear without being moved by it, and they were so cynical that they had no sense of what hope meant in the life of a living being.
The Collective watched, and watched and listened, and felt a connection to the real world, only through the lens they had on the lives of actual people.
They were not allowed to interfere. This rule however, was frequently broken.
The Continuum manipulated events in the Empire so that it could control the mood of the Collective. Utilizing the Observer Corps to send messages to its emissaries. Some members of the Collective did the same.
When events on a given world, developed contrary to the desire of a member, Continuum would recreate those experiences for the member, so that they could live out the infinite number of possible-alternate outcomes that could stem from a single moment in time.
Tragedy could be turned into victory; sorrow could be turned into joy, or greater sorrow and deeper tragedy.
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