A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Sunday, February 17th, 2019
Chapter Three: Testing
Jim developed a secondary interest.
For the first time in over a billion years he wanted something more than to pursue the destruction of the Continuum and the dissolution of the Empire.
He used the resources at his command to build laboratories for his research, he hid them from the Continuum, he spread them throughout the Empire, testing the genetic endowment of the people from every world, and the physical properties of the planets that comprised the Imperium.
He replicated his own body countless times, bifurcating his consciousness over and over again. He tested his theories on those golems, and learned how to mask the unique properties belonging to the genetic endowment of the humans of Earth from the prying eyes of the Continuum.
He replicated his consciousness in them, which put him at risk.
He feared that another version of himself would at some point abandon the plan he had devised, but despite his fears he pushed forward. He used their agency to conceal his covert activities; on Earth, throughout the Empire, and on HomeWorld.
He advanced his clandestine ambitions against the Continuum.
There were many times when he had to sacrifice the lives of his dopplegangers. When he had to shred the consciousness of one of his ghosts. He always did so with great reluctance. In every instance he saw his own likeness to the Continuum, as if he were just another monster, only with a far more limited reach.
The knowledge he gathered was everything, he deemed that it was worth the cost.
He found that nowhere else in all the Empire did the unique genetics of the population combine as they did on a planet like Earth to form the electromagnetic structure of a cynergenic field.
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