A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 252, Sunday
September 9th, 2018
Chapter Seven: The Changed
He found them.
He developed instrumentation that were so fine, it could track the contrail of particles laid down by the passage of a ship, or planetoid, a billion years in the past.
He calculated their trajectories from star to star and mapped the galaxy as he did so.
He tracked down every lost world, poured over their records, archived their stories, took whatever clues he found, and leapt back into the void to track down their descendants.
He found them all.
And while he found other planets teaming with life, nowhere did he find a world that had produced sentient creatures.
The farther he travelled away from the Central Planet, when he came across a thriving world, he discovered that the children of the Ancients had lost the memory of where they had come from.
They had lost the knowledge of their trials on strange worlds.
They did not know how their sojourn among the stars had altered them, mutated them.
Many were hardly recognizable as descendants of the Ancient people. The further their genetic profile was differentiated from the norms of the Empire, the more likely it was that the Empire, or the Continuum would select their world for destruction, rather than inclusion in the Imperial system.
Wars of xenophobia ensued, and he did whatever he could to preserve their history before it was lost in the conflicts, or subsumed by the Imperial cults.
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