A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, April 20th, 2019
Chapter Two: Selectees
The Continuum was endlessly engaged in the winnowing process, searching the Collective for the most opportune candidates to facilitate its work in the realms of time of and space.
Their personality profile had to correspond to a kind of Golden Mean; hedonistic but not debilitated by gluttony, despotic but not inclined to tyranny. It was a careful balance and one that must be able to hold after they were set loose in the worlds of the Imperium.
Many who wanted to join the observer Corps did not meet this profile, only in rare instances could the Continuum actually refuse a member, though it would often sabotage their efforts in the training process, if the member went against it’s will.
The Continuum selected candidates from among the disquieted members of the Collective for its long range missionary work, sending them far afield, out into the minor planets of the million worlds of the empire.
The continuum desired to be free of their feelings of uncertainty, disencumbered from their existential angst.
Most of them were eager for the opportunity to live in the flesh again, many volunteered. Some were even altruistic.
They wanted change and the stimulation of sensory organs, they required new and different kinds of experiences before returning to their own private reality.
Many only ventured into the flesh for a cycle. Some went repeatedly, dipping in and out of the experience of bodily living.
Many of them wanted to exercise their fantasies in a visceral way, where the stakes were real, where their flesh mattered to them and the preservation of it was the experience of real life.
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