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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Three, The Atheists

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 311, Wednesday
November 7th, 2018

Chapter Three: The Atheists

A debate raged among the general staff. Most wanted to do something to free themselves from the malevolent influence of the continuum.

They were as divided as the members of the Observer Corps among them.

Regardless of their desire to take action, to change the fate of the Empire, only a few of the commanders believed that the best course of action would be to move against the Central System in this moment of weakness and uncertainty.

They had no idea what they would find there. Not even the observers knew what they could expect, they had never been privy to the defenses of the HomeWorld, of the Continuum, they could only assume that those defenses would be formidable.

The observers guided the discussion as best they could while trying not to give away the fact that they had special knowledge.

Very few of the senior staff believed in the dogma of the Imperial Cult. Their hesitancy was not based on religious fear or superstition, it was based on the lack of familiarity with fighting against a power with immeasurable resources.

There was only one person that any of them could think of turning to in this moment of existential dread, but he had left the general staff decades ago, and was now the high priest at the temple of the Imperial Capital.

They were governed by fear of the unknown, by fear of the Continuum, by fear of failure.

They sent an invitation to the high priest, their most exalted Marshall. They asked him to join their conclave, and in that moment they knew that they had played their hand, they were committed.

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