A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Saturday, May 4th, 2019
Chapter Two: Disturbance
The Continuum was a master of chaos, but for itself all it wanted was peace. It wanted the security of feeling that it was in absolute control and beholden to no one.
Not the Collective, not anything, not anyone,
The rebellious Observers were a disturbance to it, which is why they were removed from the Collective and sent to the Observer Corps. The Continuum excised them from the body of the Collective like it would any malignancy.
The Continuum interpreted any ripple of disturbance as a challenge to its management of the Collective.
If a rebellious member caused trouble, that presence generated waves of sentiment that washed through the Collective, which could grow in force and power until they washed over everyone. It would throw the Continuum off, and could alter the trajectories of the narratives it was crafting for the consumption of the whole.
Dealing with such members could throw off ages of work. The Continuum resented it.
The Continuum would not suffer their malign influence, especially if it threatened to capture the hearts and minds of its constituency.
The Continuum could not tolerate any loss of control, any suggestion that it was not the cause of its own being, or any notion that it was a servant to the Collective.
It saw the Collective as belonging to it.
And over the course of millions of years it slowly pushed the original membership into the great sleep, into sequestration, into the Observer Corps.
It lost members, which was tantamount to murder, and it gradually replaced their number with citizens of the Empire, those who had demonstrated the greatest level of loyalty to the Imperial Cult, and had completely bonded with its religious tradition.
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