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Thursday, November 29, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-six, Conflict; Chapter Four, Defense


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 333, Thursday
November 29th, 2018

Chapter Four: Defense

It was a vision of chaos.

It was combat on a scale that the military academies had not prepared anyone to manage.

The mayhem that ensued was unprecedented.

There was terror, panic, sorrow, and regret, but through it all there was the joy of victory.

The greatest part of the armada turned toward the attackers and joined battle, but they were beset by confusion. Those commanders who could not process the algorithms for course corrections and defensive maneuvers in their head were the first victims.

They initiated preprogrammed defensive maneuvers, they were predictable, maneuvers known to their opponents, and they fell right into the firing solutions of their enemies. 

None of the commanders had been experienced at taking heavy losses in combat, the forces of the Empire were just too overwhelming in the field. They had only ever experienced small, tactical defeats at the hands of rebel forces.

In this new theatre of combat they were overwhelmed, both militarily and emotionally.

They vital seconds that were lost while processing the implications of their failure, they cast their gaze of the Home World of the Continuum and prayed for deliverance.

They had been betrayed by their closest companions

The Continuum was absent.

Their prayers were swallowed by the void.

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