A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 249, Thursday
September 6th, 2018
Chapter Four: Mission
For hundreds of thousands of years he pursued the migrations the Ancients took in the time before the Collective, from the ages before the Continuum.
He tracked them beyond the expanse of the Empire and its billion worlds.
He went beyond the center of the galaxy, into the dim reaches of its spiral arms.
He explored deep into the starry fields, planet by planet, into the far reaches of the galaxy.
He spent thousands of lives in his search, and then thousands more.
He was heralded by the Collective for bringing new worlds into the Imperial fold.
It was a time of renaissance for the Empire.
Each world presented a feast of experiential data for the members of the Collective and the Continuum to consume.
Great dramas ensued as the Empire reached out to swallow every new discovery, every world with a living-thriving society and culture, forcing it to submit to the Imperial will, to adopt the Imperial religion, and its way of life.
The Continuum, and therefore the Empire, loathed distinctiveness.
The sublimation of each and every new world changed the Empire in small ways, but for each planet that was taken in, what had made them unique was eradicated, and if the resistance they offered was too great, their entire world would be destroyed, reduced to its raw materials and carted off as tribute to the Central Planet.
It was a time of glory.
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