A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 089, Friday
March 30th, 2018
Chapter Five: The Missions
Star system by star system, planet by planet, the Imperial missionaries recovered the lost peoples, and brought them all together.
The integrative process took hundreds to thousands of years, it was the great occupation of the Empire over the course of eons. The Empire came to refer to as the Missionary Epoch. They conceived of the work as a harvest, a harvest of people and cultures, of languages and art.
The Empire took its final form after those remnants of the ancient race, the race of beings that had given birth to all of them, were brought into the fold.
They formed a unified and coherent society, even though each planetary groupings had changed in significant ways. They had different languages, different cultures, different modes of work and living, of leisure and art. They had different forms of conflict, and different forms of conflict resolution. They were genetically different, but alike enough to be recognizable as kin.
The Imperial Missionaries offered them peace, and prosperity with inclusion in the Empire, it offered them an understanding of their past, redacted and altered to fit the imperial narrative, and it offered them eternal life in the Continuum.
It was a great time for the Observers, they were constantly bringing new information back to the Collective. It was an era of high drama, and conflict, and conversion.
Jim was in the vanguard of every discovery. He was the lead explorer, hunting down the most miniscule clues, tracing contrails of particles through the deepest-darkest places in the void between stars, unearthing long buried archives from long dead worlds to point him along the paths those ancient colonists had taken.
The missionary work gave the Empire purpose, and it began to decay when at last the work was finally over.
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