A Novel – In one Page Per Day
Day 081, Thursday
March 22nd, 2018
Chapter Four: Incorporation
To become an Observer meant returning to a corporeal form.
It was a return to the body.
It meant living again as an organic life form, a return to the senses, to a limited range of perceptions.
The conditioning of an Observer took time. Many candidates for the role of Observer failed to complete the training. They failed to adjust to the limitations of the flesh. They returned to the Continuum never having been on the observed worlds.
Those who returned demoralized and despondent, often fell right back to the great sleep, never to return. Being an observer was not a solution for the deep existential angst so many members of the Collective fell into.
Being an observer also meant dwelling in a mechanoid form. Dwelling in the mechanoid body was the first skill set that member had to learn. It was an easier adjustment than the adjustment to the flesh.
The mechanoid phase was the first phase. The mechanoid bodies had few limitations, the consciousness and its interface with the world was truncated, but still broad and expansive. The sensory instruments of the mechanoid were extremely powerful, and the mechanoids had few physical limitations. They could go anywhere, do nearly anything. The embodied life was a mix of freedom and confinement.
Most of the Observers felt very comfortable in their mechanoid form. They never left those bodies when they were on the Central Planet, on their return to HomeWorld to report their experiences.
The Mechanoid form provided a life apart from the insidious pressures of the Collective, and the invasive presence of the Continuum. They were connected, but the connection was filtered, it was as if it was streaming into them through a veil
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