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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Emergence 3.0, Prolog: Part Seven – Character

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 007, Sunday
January 7th, 2018

Prolog: Part Seven – Character

The Observer can never be the leader of a tribe, the leader of a nation, or a world, no matter how great the temptation might be.

The Observer must put down the temptations to hold power that arise naturally within them. They must face down the temptations arising in the communities they live in, the temptations to place themselves in positions of power and authority.

The observer will possess a preternatural strength, immunity to disease, rapid healing, alacrity, dexterity, and speed.

They will possess their natural intelligence, and their vast knowledge of the universe, science, and the history of the planet they dwell on.

The Observer must use these qualities and abilities only in an advisory capacity, seated close to the center of power, but not occupying it.

The Observer may be the king maker, but never the king.

The Observer may not procreate. For this reason the body of the Observer, will be sterile.

The Observer must not tamper with the genetic development of the populations they are observing. Such a manipulation could lead to consequences that are undesired by the Continuum, and dangerous to the Collective.

All embodied creatures feel within themselves a desire to procreate, the observer must practice detachment at all times in order to overcome the innate inclinations of their physicality.

It is permissible to take pleasure in the flesh, to perform the act of procreation, as often as the observer would like, in the normative mode of the culture they are dwelling in. Nevertheless, the desire to progenerate must be resisted.   

The Observer’s duty is to listen, to watch, to move with the culture, to be one with them, but not to invest in any particular outcome.

The Observer must not use their powers to forestall famine, plague, war, or any other disaster, whether it is naturally occurring, or caused by the machinations of the populations. Allow the culture under observation to grow and mature, to blossom and die, without ever pursuing any particular aim.

The Observer must observe, that is the mission. To maintain the apparatus of the machinery that monitors the planet, and all of its cultures. To direct and focus the attention of those tools on the people and places that are of the greatest interest to the Continuum. And to report on their immediate experience.

~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Emergence 3.0, Prolog: Part Six – Role

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 006, Saturday
January 6th, 2018

Prolog: Part Six – Role

There are many reasons given by members of the Collective for their desire to leave the embrace of the Continuum. Some members seek the thrill of actual embodiment, others crave the simple life of an organic being.

Be mindful! There is nothing simple about it.

The Observer’s role is difficult, challenging. It will test the limits of your endurance, your intellect, your emotional state.

The vast powers you have access too as members of the Collective are truncated in a physical body.

Your bodies will be prepared in a such a way that you will be stronger, faster, smarter, more stable than those of the population you live with. Nevertheless, you will constantly face the limitations of the flesh.

These limitations are the primary reason that candidates fall out of the Observer Corps.  

The Observer must resist the urge to influence their subjects, to become entangled in the dramatic narratives of their lives.

As a participant in the events that you immerse yourself in, you must at all times maintain an epistemic distance, you must not love them, you must always regard them as objects.

The worlds you visit and the people you encounter their entire history and their possible future belong to the Continuum, they are commodities.

Their lives and their cultures are meaningful only insofar as they are witnessed by, and absorbed into the Continuum.

Without the Continuum they would live and die in the emptiness of space, only to be consumed by their mother star, become nothing at all.

This is the future that awaits every world, and every being if they are not brought into the Continuum.

The Observer must be present to provide the vehicle by which those worlds can be remembered.

~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Emergence 3.0, Prolog: Part Five – Meaning

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 005, Friday
January 5th, 2018

Prolog: Part Five – Meaning

As a culture matures, the meanings it ascribes to its individual experience evolves.

Cultures binds each individual to the group, through the repetition of rituals, the sharing of stories, the contextualization of narratives, and continuous reflection.

Individual and group reflections, in order for them to adhere to the cultural movement, they must be present in narratives that are universally agreed upon.

The verbal component of these reflections is the most difficult to manage, because all language is subject to interpretation, and it is impossible to formulate an experience among diverse groups of people that is absolutely uniform. There will always be a divergent understanding between individuals in a group, and even greater divergence among disparate groups.

Music, rhythm, the beat of a drum; odor, incense, unguents, perfumes; taste, herbs, wine, water; patterns of touch, and the articulation of gestures that form the foundation of physical memory; visualizations, pageantry, art, color; these sensory mechanisms create the ground within which the religious and cultural bonds must be planted.

They are the anchors of the universal experience, and they will normalize the verbal with the abstract.

Any reflection on the current state of an individual or a group’s existence must be anchored in the past.

The antecedents of the present life must be clear, and easily grasped.

We are where we are because of where we have been.

This becomes a mirror for reflections given about the future.

You must observe these transitions, and carefully, imperceptibly influence the narratives.

Only the Observer will recall the actual past, having lived in it, every other person will understand it in terms of the narratives that are constructed through the cultus.

A culture must experience themselves in a state of movement and growth, they must always feel the sense that they are moving from being passive creatures, to being active co-creators in the meaning of their lives, the shape of their future.

This sense will be given to them through their mythologies, the stories they tell themselves will depict them as the shapers of their own destinies, moving toward a grand future wherein ultimately they become obedient subjects of the Galactic Empire, or as subjects of the Empire, where they advance in caste and class until they finally merge with the Continuum.

~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Emergence 3.0, Prolog: Part Four – Reality

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 004, Thursday
January 4th, 2018

Prolog: Part Four – Reality

There is one reality.

Every being, every-thing, every person, participates in it.

The entirety of time is one thing; just as the eternal, and the infinite are one.

There is one story; one Word, one Verse, the universe is one thing.

Every moment, no matter how small, is connected to every other moment, no matter how distant. This is the true state of what actually is.

The Observer must bear this truth in mind, and hold it in their heart at all times. It is necessary to preserve the mission of the Observer in moments of catastrophe and disaster, in those times when the embodied Observer feels fear or anger, desire or rage, when the Observer feels the biological imperative to intervene in the fate of the planet they are connected to.

A planet may go extinct, its star might explode, the Empire might select a world for termination, the Continuum might allocate all of its resources to itself, for the use of the Collective. In these cases the observer must not despair, for they have preserved its story within the collective, and beyond that, it always remains true, that the reality of what was remains the reality of what is.

Most of the colonies founded by the Ancient Race will be brought into the Empire.

Some will face setbacks in which their people are brought to the brink of extinction, and their civilization erased.

Others will be annihilated completely.

The desires of the Collective and the will of the Continuum shall determine these eventualities, and it is the duty of the Observer to facilitate those ends.

It is in those critical moments, when crises is immanent, when doom is impending, that the people of a living world reveal themselves for who they truly are. It is in those moments that the work of the Observer must be carried out with the greatest care and precision, and those stories brought to the Continuum.

The Observer must have built and maintained the machinery of Observation in order to transmit the entirety of the experience to the Central Planet, the home of the Collective, to the heart of Continuum, instantaneously, and with minimal loss of fidelity.

This is the mission of the Observer, no matter what world they are living on.

Every moment is connected to every other moment, and the tiniest movement affects the configuration of the whole.

Every detail matters.

~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps

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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Emergence 3.0, Prolog: Part Three – Purpose

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 003, Wednesday
January 3rd, 2018

Prolog: Part Three – Purpose

If, or when a society arrives at the threshold of creating a form of artificial consciousness, The Observer must report it immediately.

The Observer must then ascertain if the civilization is anywhere near transcending the limits of their species, of their individuality, if they are capable of forming a Collective resembling the Continuum.

Control of the technologies that may lead a people to this turning point is paramount.

It is forbidden for any world in the Imperium to make a machine in the likeness of the human mind.

The Children of the Ancients must never retrace the steps that led to the creation of the Collective, or its Continuum.

Because it happened once, it must be acknowledged that it could happen again. The potential for this eventuality is an inherent ability of the species, coded into the body as a genetic imperative, this is known and has been demonstrated time and time again.

The Prime Directive of the Observer Corps is to monitor the worlds for any trace of those developments, to report them, to frustrate them, and to redirect the people from the fulfillment of those aims.

The Observer must note, the Continuum regards the technologies associated with the creation of a Collective as a threat.

The Observer must monitor the art and music, and every mode of creative expression for traces of the movement toward the formation of a Collective.

The spiritual practices of any group, outside the Imperial cult, are always the most suspect, and are the places where the Observer will discover the earliest clues, and nascent developments of Collective thought..

The Continuum will not allow a second Collective to form, anywhere in the galaxy.

The Continuum must remain unique, to safeguard the Collective.

The Observer must put in place the means to destroy an entire world, to set its cultures back millennia, should they receive the order from the Continuum to do so.

Detachment is required for the Observer to fulfill this imperative.

~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps

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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Emergence 3.0, Prolog: Part Two – Mission

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 002, Tuesday
January 2nd, 2018

Prolog: Part Two – Mission

Your role is to witness; to touch, to listen, to taste.

You must experience their art; their music, their speech, their culture.

You are to participate and observe, to synthesize and contextualize the peek experiences for the Continuum.

You must empathize with your subjects; feel their feelings. At the same time, you must not sympathize with the people you are observing; you cannot identify with your subjects.

They are not of the Collective; they are not Continuum.

Their lives, their narratives, they only have meaning insofar as they are received by the Continuum and given to the Collective. If they are not captured by you they are lost to all time.

The Observer is the vehicle by which the world under observation is saved, preserved for all time in the body of Continuum, in the membership of the Collective.

A significant part of the Observer’s mission is to maintain the machinery by which the entire world is watched, and recorded. The other part of the mission is to situate yourself in the most critical places, where the greatest cultural movements are taking place.

You are to build relationships with prime actors, learn their motivations, discover their passions, uncover their fears.

You most parse the most lofty ideals, as well as the most disturbing desires. Through these observations we discover the evolving nature of the progeny of the Ancients, we chart the future history of the galaxy.

The observer must always be on the watch for the technological shifts that might indicate that a world within the Empire has discovered the scientific means to form their own Collective Consciousness.

The Continuum must remain unique, a singular consciousness at the center of the galaxy, guiding it through time and space.

The mission is to watch, observe, and protect the central planet from any threat; technological, scientific, militaristic, philosophical, or religious.

The harmony of the whole must be kept intact. From the heart of Continuum, to the most remote outpost in the Empire.    

~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps

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Monday, January 1, 2018

Emergence 3.0, Prolog: Part One - Philosophy

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – One Page Per Day
Day 001, Monday
January 1st, 2018

Prolog: Part One - Philosophy

A planet is like a garden, to some it is a farm.

We ask the question: “What is the difference?”

There are similarities between the two, there are functions which they share, but farms are harvested for the greater good, while gardens are cultivated for the pleasure of individuals.

A farm is a utilitarian construct. A farm fulfills necessities.

A garden is a luxury that addresses an individual’s desire for beauty, meaning, fulfillment.  

As an Observer you must always bear this question in mind:

“What does the Continuum desire of the worlds you observe?”

Most worlds in the galactic Empire are farm worlds, they only exist to provide for the material needs of other, more important worlds in the Imperium; they are resources for food, raw materials, workers, and soldiers.

The Empire itself is a garden.

The Empire serves the desires of the Collective, and its Continuum.

The Empire is a thing of beauty, and drama, a luxuriant field in which the members of the Collective are absorbed, which they feed on, which provides them with narratives and the motional background that shape the meaning of their existence.

Among the million worlds of the Empire, there are only a few worlds that possess indispensable qualities. The core worlds that provide the architecture through which the Continuum reaches the entirety of the whole.

These worlds must be protected at all times.

It is the duty of the Observer Corps to ensure their safety.

 ~ The Field Manual, Observer Corps

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