A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Sunday, April 21st, 2019
Chapter Three: Malcontents
The members of the Collective who were discontent with their existence on HomeWorld, unsatisfied in their role as the supreme being of their own private reality, and disinterested in the narratives that were delivered to them through the Experience of the living worlds, these malcontents presented a problem for the Continuum.
The Continuum experienced their contribution to the Collective as an irritant.
Though the Continuum did not want to admit it, every member was a constitutive elements of its being. Their passions or dispassions, both were determinants in what the Continuum could do.
The Continuum desired nothing more than to remove them from the Collective field, permanently, and to replace their numbers with Candidates from the Empire who were steeped in the World view they had received from the Imperial Cult and through their conditioning in the Imperial schools.
Removing the malcontent from the Collective allowed the Continuum greater controls. It was like a suspension of their membership. Their voice was no longer heard, this amounted to a reprieve for the Continuum, which experienced their influence in a way that outstripped the singular node of their being.
Sending the malcontents to the worlds of time and space removed them completely from the Collective, it was preferable to the Great Sleep, or Sequestration.
The experience of real life helped to keep them passive, it kept them calm, it satiated many of them.
It was a means of control, and if necessary a member who was a genuine problem could be eliminated when they were separated from the whole. They could be assassinated, exterminated, irrevocably destroyed.
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