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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Seven, Martyrs

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One page Per Day
Day 315, Sunday
November 11th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Martyrs

There is a beauty to military formations, a Sublime blend of the simple and the complex, when lighted in the ocean of space, every ship, every vessel in motion, it is the greatest of all dances.

The god-fearers never considered that any faction within the Empire would oppose them. They had been conditioned to expect obedience, they cultivated it among their subordinates, rewarded it in those who evinced the greatest capacity for following orders and sending those who did not to their death in combat.

This was a serious flaw.

They had never engaged a military power in which they did not possess the greater force. The Empire rolled over everything, every person, every planet who would oppose them. The power they brought to bear was only limited by their objectives, their code of conduct, and the rules of engagement those codes articulated.

Every objective, every code, every rule was relative, a dispensation for deviation from a rule or a violation of orders could be had at any time from the Emperor, or the priesthood, speaking on behalf of the Continuum.

The Imperial forces were supreme, they were accustomed to being on the offensive, it was an offensive posture that they took where they gathered, they thought of their defense.

Their maneuvers were totally predictable by those on the general staff who had decided to rebel. From the reserve forces that were left behind on each of the million worlds, to their planetary, and star system defenses, which in this moment of conflict were little more than auxiliaries, to where the majority of the fleet had gathered in preparation for the jump to the Central System, there was nothing unscripted about their planning.

They were slaughtered in each of the places where they had gathered; they were slaughtered en-masse.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Six, God Fearers

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 314, Saturday
November 10th, 2018

Chapter Six: God Fearers

The small faction calling for rebellion were not incautious men, they knew they would face fierce opposition from friends and comrades who knew them well, who they had served, had trained, or had trained under.

Among those serving in the armed forces, the most dangerous people to the rebellion were those seeking advancement to the priesthood. The hopes for themselves and their families hung on the slender thread of these hopes.

They were not necessarily true believers, but their ambitions made them sycophantic.

They were the most senior commanders, or soldiers whose social rank placed them nearest to the threshold between castes. They were determined to rise in the service of the Continuum, and its Empire.

The God-fearers were ruthless, determined, and dogmatic. They controlled the bulk of the Imperial forces spread across a million worlds.

Few of these people ever did advance, but the hope they clung to, it burned in them like a fever, they saw this moment of crises as the moment for them to shine, to prove themselves worthy.  

They mobilized the defenses.

They mustered all of their forces from shore leave.

They executed their maneuvers perfectly.

The fleet was under their control.

They gathered together to defend the Imperial throne, which was the portal to the HomeWorld of the Continuum.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Five, The Believers

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 313, Friday
November 9th, 2018

Chapter Five: The Believers

The conditioning that every citizen underwent through the Imperial schools and the Imperial cult was extraordinary.

Very few citizens were able to resist it.

Among the armed forces the standard conditioning was augmented by a force of cohesion known as esprit de corps.

The ordinary soldier did not doubt the vision of advancement, of resurrection, reincarnation, and eternal life, as promised by the Empire through the great religion. More than anything else they were focused on those rewards.

This made them a very dangerous enemy.

The rank and file soldier could not afford to doubt the things they had been taught. Their willingness to sacrifice themselves depended on it.

Doubt would cripple them in combat, it would leave them vulnerable to feelings of shame at the horrors they were routinely asked to commit.

They risked everything for those beliefs, for fidelity to the Empire, the royal family, the high priesthood, and the promise of the Continuum, including both their own lives, as well as the lives of those under their command.

They would follow any order, and obey the chain of command.

It made killing their enemies easy and all of their crimes forgivable.

Any person, or planet that they were ordered to attack was in fact a non-entity.

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Four, The Traditionalists

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 312, Thursday
November 8th, 2018

Chapter Four: The Traditionalists

There were far more members of the hierarchy, both in the priesthood and among the general staff who would never have even considered the notion of rebellion against the Continuum.

They were loyalists.

There were a far greater number of Observers guiding them, than those who plotted against the Continuum.

They were cardinals and bishops and priest.

They were planetary governors and star system commanders.

They were members of royal houses.

They held leadership positions throughout the Empire, across a million worlds. They were loyal to the Empire and its institutions, regardless of their faith (or lack of it) in the religious beliefs, and the promises of the Continuum.

They had the absolute majority.

When the crises struck the Observers associated with this faction were quick to leave their post, to return their consciousness to the HomeWorld, to attempt to forestall the collapse of the Continuum.

They were trapped in their Mechanoid bodies when they arrived. They were caught in their tiny little prisons, deaf, dumb and blind. They were effectively sequestered.

The traditionalists were unprepared for the violence which came at them from all sides.

The Observers among them had been in key positions of leadership, they could not develop a strategy without them.

Being unprepared, they were trapped.

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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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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter Two, The Nihilists

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 310, Tuesday
November 6th, 2018

Chapter Two: The Nihilists

When the continuum established the Imperial schools and the Imperial Cult, it never intended to create a monolithic structure, or a society that eliminated all dissent.

The Continuum wanted conflict.

It wanted the hot drama of resistance.

The Continuum fostered rebellion on the fringes, among the outcastes and the lowest classes, as well as in the hierarchy.

It gave the ruling families, the high priests and leading generals just enough knowledge of the truth, to allow skepticism to creep into their worldview, to have a perpetual foothold in the Empire.

The Continuum sewed dissent with one hand and crushed it with the other.

There were many people in the higher orders of the priesthood, and in the leadership of the armed forces, who knew enough to have lost their faith in the Imperial system, its religion, and its social norms.

They knew the lies that were told to the masses.

In the moment of crises some among them argued that they do nothing in response to the conflagration occurring on the Central Planet.

They wanted to wait and see what would happen.

They knew that they were controlled by a supernatural force called the Continuum, a power that consumed the resources of star systems to feed its endless appetites, they knew it and they desired to free of it.

They saw this moment as an opportunity, they could do nothing and allow the Continuum to collapse. If they did nothing they would be safe, or so they surmised.

If the Continuum did not falter they would not be held accountable for rebellion.

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Emergence 3.0 - Section Seven, War; Part Forty-three, Division; Chapter One, The Apathetic

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 309, Monday
November 5th, 2018

Chapter One: The Apathetic

The event was utterly unexpected.

The crisis brought catastrophe to the Collective and to the Continuum, striking rapidly at the heart of the Central System, but reaching the Empire slowly, rolling in waves.

As awareness of the event spread through the Observer corps, the Empire reacted.

The Imperial forces had little familiarity with being on the defensive, or with entering into a conflict zone in which the parameters of the battlefield were unknown.

Observers across the galaxy faltered, half of them exhibited no care at all about the fate of the Central System, even desiring the complete collapse of the Continuum. “Let it fall apart, do nothing,” they said amongst themselves.

Those Observers loved the lives they lived, existing as fully embodied beings in the fields of time and space.

The Observers had long since stopped feeling any sense of obligation to the Collective or to the Continuum, which they knew as the most corrupt and despotic force in the history of galaxy.

They felt no sense of duty to the Central System, to HomeWorld, or to their shared ancestry with their brothers and sisters in the Collective.

They saw in this moment an opportunity to free themselves from the expectations of their station.

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