A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Monday, April 22nd, 2019
Chapter Four: Corruptible
The Continuum viewed people as things. Every element, every substance, everything and everyone was mutable, capable of being elevated and exalted or corrupted and destroyed through the proper application of a change agent.
Members of the Observer Corps were selected for their assignments based on their disposition for disquiet. They were chosen from among the discontent and for their inclination toward corruptibility.
There were always candidates to be chosen from among the Collective.
The Continuum groomed these recruits for their roles over millennia, by reaching into their private worlds and conditioning them through subtle inferences for the appetites that were easiest to manipulate.
It carefully audited their experience of the Collective, it guided their viewing of specific narratives from the Imperial feed. It helped them shape the contours of their private realities, until the time came when the individual member felt the need to experience the flesh again.
The Continuum wanted despots in the Empire, people whose desires were known to it, those who would behave in predictable ways; some as entertainers, others as agents of destruction and oppression.
The consciousness of the members of the Collective was soft, like gold. Like gold it could easily be shaped and polished to bring out its luster.
The Continuum delighted in this work. Shaping the will of the members was a kind of artistry, like sculpting, and through this work it affirmed for the Continuum its view of itself as a godlike being.
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