A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, February 9th, 2019
Chapter Two: Counselor
Jim made himself the indispensable counselor to royals, emperors and priests, both through the ministry of his doppelgangers, and through his interaction with them in his primary incarnation.
He was the king maker, the seer and the sage, the principle advisor, the grand vizier.
He wove stories into every culture. Creating narratives that functioned like auto-hypnosis for his audience, building on and augmenting the mnemonic tropes he had carefully laid in prior generations.
Through these procedures he had control of all human government, and with that control he subtly guided them through periods of strife, and hardship, through war and famine.
His charges could not help but respond to the controls he put in place, giving him leverage over every government in the world.
He managed those controls invisibly, careful not to draw attention to his activities, mindful of how the smallest decisions could ripple outward in concentric rings, creating patterns that could potentially alert the Continuum to his clandestine activities.
He knew that it had sent other Observers to Earth, to watch him monitor his work.
This was against protocol, it was evidence of the fact that the Continuum operated beyond the Control of the Collective, but those factors were immaterial.
Jim built programs into the social order of humanity that echoed the norms of the Empire, as if he were preparing them for inclusion in it at some future point.
To his observers he accomplished those things without violating the non-interference directive, apparently. Jim masked his work so as to make it seem like an organic development; the emergence of a caste system, the organization of the priesthood, the mythological tropes that pointed the faithful to a hope beyond this world, a hope for themselves and their families rooted in a belief in reincarnation.
The notion of karmic debt governed every function of human culture, the cult of sacrifice, and servitude to the invisible gods.
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