A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 318, Wednesday
November 14th, 2018
Chapter Three: Planetary
The Empire was vast. It was stretched like a net through the center of the galaxy.
It was comprised of a million worlds.
The Empire was like a necklace of planets strung like gems among the stars, each of them was the locus of identity for the ordinary citizen.
Outcasts were never sanctioned to leave the surface of their world.
The serving class; merchants and bureaucrats, farmers and laborers might leave their own world for another in their solar system, but such travel was rare.
Soldiers and priests ventured into deep space with regularity, both for combat and pilgrimages in the performance of their duties.
Every person was marked by the world they lived on, they were genetically aligned to its exigencies; to their planet’s gravity, the composition of its atmosphere, the unique threats rising from a planet’s closed biological system, to the light of their star.
Every person was marked by their world in ways that were both obvious and hidden. In ways that were clearly discernable by the naked eye, and in ways that would only be revealed in an autopsy, or under the microscope.
Every person on every world was a descendent of the ancient race of people who first explored the stars and engineered the Collective.
Life had been found on millions of other planets, the Ancient Race had seeded some of it, but people never been found.
Every person was uniquely formed by their own planet, but they also shared that common core.
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