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Saturday, December 22, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter Six, Victory


Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 356, Saturday
December 22nd, 2018

Chapter Six: Victory

It was a death march, and they knew it. They had no idea how or if they could survive their journey through the place where they had come to.

Their only hope lay in the fact that they were still alive, that whatever power was now in command of HomeWorld had some use for them.

They were flying blind, even their mechanoids had been destroyed in the gauntlet they had passed through.

The Observers entered a vestibule, opened up a portal to the Collective, and once there they were able to verify three things:

The Collective was catatonic, but there were unfathomable currents of activity happening within it.

The Continuum had been destroyed, there was no trace its presence or consciousness anywhere with the Central System

One of their own, Observer 92835670100561474, referring to himself now as Jim, a specter from their past, Jim had seized control of everything.

They were simultaneously stunned, and at the same time they were not surprised, this was the most enigmatic member of the Collective, a being who had done incredible things, impossible things, and as such he was the most closely watched and monitored member, no-one could believe that it was possible for him to launch a revolution from his remote place on Earth, at the edge of the galaxy.

This person occupied the place of the Continuum, the all-pervading consciousness of HomeWorld, he was clearly fatigued by his efforts but he was in command, and he accepted their surrender.

He issued terms for a realignment of the faith and the Imperium, and the dissolution of the Empire.

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