A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 075, Friday
March 16th, 2018
Chapter Five: Taboo
For the Collective, the lived experiences of all people, of every single one, on every single world in the galactic Empire, those experiences were fodder.
It sustained them.
The lived experiences were the most important harvest, even more important than the constant stream of materials sent by the Empire to the Central Planet, to build and maintain its incredible structure.
The lived experiences of people fed the Collective. They fulfilled its need to feel, and to be something. They gave substance to the imaginative fantasies of the members.
Without real input, from the real lives, of real people the Collective would fall into a deep catatonia.
The Continuum knew this, inasmuch as it was inextricably bound to the Collective as the source of being, as a fetus to its placenta, or a child to its mother’s breast.
The mission of the Observers was to watch and listen, to complete the context by which they Collective could interpret the events that they were witnessing.
The Observers were in the Galaxy, on their own, living independently from the Collective, outside of the Continuum, but they were not independent beings. The Continuum imposed limits on what they could do, how they could act.
The Observers were held to a strict set of standards. Intervention in the development of the worlds was the only taboo; it was frequently broken. It was broken most often by the Continuum itself. A rogue Observer could be recalled from service and sequestered within the Collective.
Or they could be assassinated, though the Observer might not truly die, a copy of their consciousness was always stored on the HomeWorld, kept in a crèche where it could be restored to a point in time chosen by the group mind. Often to a point in time before they ever left on their mission to become Observers. These moments more often than not resulted in a catastrophic breakdown of the personality.
Continuum gave license to its most trusted Observers to engineer its will in the Empire as they saw fit.
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