A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 288, Monday
October 15th, 2018
Chapter One: Indoctrination
He was born into a family of plebians, free citizens, but in reality they were servants of the Empire in bondage to the Continuum.
He was an ordinary person, one of trillions whose lives were nothing special, not of note, they worked, went to school, worshipped and raised families.
He was a natural born empath, a capacity that had been engineered into his genetic line covertly, and he was the first in that line to manifest the ability.
He was a mutant, but his mutation was so subtle that it went unregistered.
He could not tolerate injustice.
He felt the suffering of everyone around him, and it hung on his neck like a stone.
He wanted nothing more than to give hope to the hopeless, and to free the despairing from despair.
Even as a child he found ways to rebel, to question the teachings of the Imperial cult, the indoctrination of the Imperial schools, the entire structure of the social order.
As an adult, he took up arms against the Empire, he fought the enemy wherever he could.
He became an outcast, a criminal, but for his gallantry the Continuum made him a star.
Then he was co-opted by it, executed and returned to life. It was a miracle for the masses. Afterward he entered service as a bureaucrat, then as a soldier, and finally as a priest.
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