A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Sunday, March 3rd, 2019
Chapter Three: Cloak
Secrecy was everything.
Jim had to be able to conceal his work from the Continuum. He had to be able to endure its scrutiny at each and every cycle in which he was required to report back to HomeWorld, exposing himself to the Continuum and sharing his first-hand experience with his brothers and sisters in the Collective.
This task was filled by a replicant, a version of himself who was completely committed to the mission Jim had claimed for them all. To pass through the ordeal Jim had restricted the experiences of this replicant, controlled them, making it so that he had precious few secrets to hide at the moment his consciousness was exposed to the powerful examination of the Continuum.
He had to conceal his movements and machinations from the mechana of spycraft that the Continuum had required him to position all around the world; satellites with powerful tools for audio and visual surveillance.
He had to be even more careful in consideration of the living spies he knew the Continuum had sent to Earth, his fellow members of the Observer Corps who were sent to watch over him and report back to the Continuum covertly.
When Earth entered the digital age, he had to be even more mindful of his actions because he knew the Continuum and its spies had penetrated the information technologies of nations states, and could use their technological resources to sort massive amounts of data at incredible speeds, thereby increasing the likelihood that he would be discovered.
Jim orchestrated the development of his international organizations, personally managing the traditions that would allow it to progress, pulling the cloak of secrecy over it, and stretching its shadowy tendrils into every facet of human society; the Templars, the Hashishim, the Jesuits, the Illuminati, they all belonged to him, served his bidding, fulfilled his purpose, operating in the shadows, well beneath the notice of the Observers.
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