Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Forty, Faith; Chapter Two, Dogma

Emergence 3.0
A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 289, Tuesday
October 16th, 2018

Chapter Two: Dogma

He made his vows, and took to holy orders.

Of all the transitions he had made in his long sojourn, this was the first one that he questioned.

It did not feel natural or honest, the priestly class lived in a state of being that he never imagined when he was a child, when he lived a life of dismal-drudgery, as his family had done for countless generations.

Even the lowest order of priestly professions, in the lowest ranking priestly houses, lived exalted lives. The technologies available to them were like magic.

He ignored his reservations, and he immersed himself in the priesthood

He studied.

He memorized everything, which was not difficult for him.

His knowledge expanded, exponentially. The history of the Empire was exposed through the sacred texts, as much of the real history as was possible.

He absorbed all of the tracts, all the way back to the first contact that the Empire had with the Continuum.

It fascinated him, and struck him cold.

The Continuum appeared to be less than divine, and more like an alien civilization.

The entire Empire was enslaved to it, sending vast tributes in minerals and technology to the Central System, which he learned was the physical location of the Continuum.

The people thought of them as the heavenly worlds, but they had a location in time and space.

Deep feelings were stirring inside him. Feelings he had not experienced since he had been resurrected.

He became aware of the reality of the Collective, as a force of consciousness behind Continuum, and the truth set him free.

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