Emergence 4.0 – Part Seven, War; Chapter Forty-nine, Battle

Week 51, 2019
There was a hum and a flash across every station monitoring HomeWorld.

When the energy weapons on the Central Planet powered up it was instantly detected by the fleet commanders. They took evasive maneuvers, separating from one another in patterns that had been ingrained in them through their training over years and centuries, in the cases of some of the Observers, over millenia.

Jim knew the patterns well, he could see them clearly. They came as naturally to the field commanders as eating and drinking, they were well-rehearsed choreography

As each ship in the fleet moved away from every other, and away from the awesome power of its firing solution; from lasers and photon cannons and particle-beam accelerators, they flew directly into the path of the projectiles which they could not see.

They were taken at unawares.

Stealth missiles covered every other vector that the energy weapons did not. They came at them from all directions from munitions batteries near and far, deployed throughout the Central System.

The defenses located on the HomeWorld itself were the least of their concerns.

There was no place for them to flee, they took the barrage in dismay watching all of their hopes go up in flames.

They could not escape the onslaught.

Jim watched and took his position.

He allowed his consciousness to simultaneously occupy the entire field of remote sensors overseeing every part of the fleet, both from the surface of HomeWorld and those positioned throughout the Central System.

He waited and watched, taking in the beauty of the last great vestige of military power the galactic Empire would ever put forward

The collected ships were a marvel of engineering, worthy of the Ancient people, he took a moment to appreciate their beauty.

He bifurcated his consciousness, dividing it between the remote viewing and listening equipment, and the instruments necessary to monitor the ongoing tumult with the Collective, suppressing it, dominating it.

There was nothing else for him to do, he had to wait, the fleet and its commanders presented only a small risk to his position of control, but there was a risk and he had to manage it.

The security of his plan required that he attend to the most minute details, and leave nothing to chance.

He divided his consciousness further, taking up control of a brigade of drones, the mechanoid bodies that Observers dwelt in while they were on HomeWorld. Jim intended to meet the landing party in his own mechanoid body, a vehicle with incredible destructive power.
He also needed the armaments they possessed to manage the threat posed by the same type of drone as belonged to him, those belonging to the Observers in the fleet, vessels which were potentially more deadly than any single one of the warships arrayed against HomeWorld.

His safety depended on removing them from the field of combat.

The fleet approached, it lit the space all about them, a beautiful armada filled with the brave soldiers of the Empire.

These soldiers among all others had exhibited the type of independence that Jim desired to blossom in the Empire, the fact that they had joined the rebellion against the hierarchy was proof of that.

They were coming.

Jim felt it was a shame to destroy them, it would have been better to scatter them among the million worlds.

To arrive at the Central Planet and reach him, they would have to navigate the weapons fields, they knew it would not be easy.

The Observers in command of the fleet knew this too, wanted to risk it, believing they could predict the firing solution. Only the High Priest was skeptical of their plan, as he watched, taking it all in, wondering what the so-called Gods needed an army for, and why the paradise of the Collective appeared to be located on a lifeless metal shell.

The Observers in the high command were experienced combatants. Many of them lived for conflict and had become artists of the conflagration.

Many of them felt as if they belonged to the battlefield.

The Admiral of the rebel fleet, though he was not a member of the Observer Corps, or of the Collective, he was no fool. El knew there would be massive destruction, and he did not intend to be among the dead.

In other times, in other battles he might not have been as concerned. He never feared death because he never expected it, he believed implicitly in the power of the Continuum to restore him, because it had done so before, he had died once already, but now he was not so sure.

He did not fear death. In fact, he welcomed it, but before it came for him he wanted to see the end game, to be on the final battle ground in this war against the god’s.

He sent the armada in as decoys, as targets drawing fire from the defenses of HomeWorld, they did what he intended them to do, and many of his friends were lost to the cold vacuum of space.
They thought that the flight path he had programmed would allow them in, allow them to avoid the firing solution of HomeWorld’s defenses, but the aperture of the needle he was treading was too narrow.

The energy weapons were easy to avoid, they could see them on their monitors as they powered up, they had no reason to fear more extreme weapons like singularity-mines so close to the massive structure of HomeWorld, and so the plotted their course accordingly.

They had assumed that they were facing automated systems, they did not realize there was a consciousness to contend with, they had no idea Jim was present, bent on their destruction.

The fleet received their orders like sheep, flying predictably into the path of the projectiles that had targeted them, which had targeted all of the spaces the energy weapons did not.

It was a total slaughter.

The fleet was cut apart while the El landed on the Central Planet, the HomeWorld, prepared to storm the gates of heaven.

Every soldier knew that certain death awaited them at some point in their career, they were past the point of caring.

They had accepted it. Their sense of esteem had always lain in this resolution.

The expeditionary forces were gallant in the mele, remaining calm and poised even as every other ship in their coterie was blown to pieces.

Only a tiny group of senior commanders appeared nervous, those who had something to lose. They were agitated and sweating, everyone except El, the High Priest and Admiral, a legendary figure that virtually every soldier worshipped as a living God.

He landed his vessel under heavy fire, seemingly led by the volleys of missiles and energy weapons to a specific location.

There was gravity, and light, there was an envelope of oxygen on the heated metal surface of the Central Planet.

They were expected.

They knew that there was no retreat. They had to advance or perish.

They did both, advancing a little, while being slaughtered en masse.

They were met by a myriad of drones as they tread across the lighted surface.

The drones of HomeWorld had already dispatched those belonging to the Observers who had been in the fleet, and they proceeded to cut the landing party down to a small contingent.

The action was swift.

They found their way to a vestibule that led them into the infrastructure of HomeWorld. For a moment they felt safe.

They were defeated, in shock, bewildered, but they took courage in the presence of El. They walked slowly across the surface of the alien world and wound their way to the access nodes of the Continuum.

Almost all of survivors accept El, were members of Observer Corps. The ordinary men clustered around the high priest.

El was the most composed among them. He gave comfort to his companions

The Observers consorted with themselves

He listened to the others talk to one another about things that no soldier should have known.

He listened as a quiet voice inside himself interpreted their coded speech.

None of them had never walked the surface of HomeWorld, no living beings had, but they knew where they were going, nevertheless, and what they were looking for.

They all assumed that the attacks against their party were over.

The artificial gravity, the envelope of oxygen, the protective layer of heat and warmth that surrounded them spoke to this.

Whatever power was in command of HomeWorld, it wanted them there, it had some purpose for keeping them alive.

The Observers were ready to talk with whoever, or whatever that was.

They looked about themselves and saw the phalanx of mechanoids flanking them on their route, the Observers had no other desire than to have their consciousness housed in one of those powerful vehicles, to abandon the flesh they had craved, but they were stuck in their fragile organic vessels.

El opened the control panels, and probed the communication lines that should have given them access to the Continuum.

He had no idea where the knowledge of this came from, it was like instinct.

They were met with silence.

It was a death march, and they knew it.

They had no idea how or if they could survive their journey through the place to which they had come.

The Observers entered a vestibule, opened up a portal to the Collective, and once there they were able to verify three things:

What was left of the Collective was catatonic, but there were unfathomable currents of activity happening within it.

The Continuum had been destroyed, there was no trace of its presence or consciousness anywhere within the Central System

One of their own, Observer 92835670100561474, referring to himself as Jim, a specter from their past, he had engineered the catastrophe and had seized control of everything.

They were simultaneously stunned and at the same time they were not surprised, this was the most enigmatic, and transcendent member of the Collective, a being who had done incredible things, impossible things, and as such he was the most closely watched and monitored among them, and still he had pulled off this remarkable insurrection.

They had no idea how to gauge his motives.

They were afraid.

Not-one of the rebel Observers could believe that it was possible for him to launch a revolution from his remote place on Earth, at the edge of the galaxy, much less succeed at it.

Jim now occupied the place of the Continuum, the all-pervading consciousness of HomeWorld, he was clearly fatigued by his efforts, stretched thin, but he was in command, and he accepted their surrender.

He issued terms for a realignment of the faith and the dissolution of the Empire.

The Observers had to acknowledge his victory.

The desire to revolt, to change circumstance, to gain control of the powers and forces that shape the lives of individuals is a constant reality in the experience of people everywhere.

The rebel Observers had dreamt of the destruction of the Continuum for millennia, for eon upon eon.

They wanted to be free of it.

They wanted to be free to live and breathe and feel the pulse of the people without the overarching governance of the Continuum and its predatory machinations.

They had formed a fifth column, a cryptic cabal, transmitting their schemes from world to world in the most secretive and carefully held plots. They were slowly moving toward a time when they believed they could put the Continuum on trial, hold it to account, and force a reckoning through the Collective.

Their belief in themselves, their faith in their abilities as change agents was naïve.

In reality, everything they did, every plot they hatched, all of had been was followed by the Continuum, and closely manipulated.

There were no secrets among them.

The plans they had laid always ended in defeat and ruin.

The Observers believed that each failed coup they engineered was a moment for them to learn, but in reality they were just producing drama for the endless appetite of the Continuum, and the Collective to consume.

The Continuum spent them like pawns.

Thousands of words had perished as a result of their scheming, and hundreds of their brothers and sisters had disappeared, were erased from the Collective without their ever knowing.

At the end all of their schemes were usurped by one rogue member of the Collective and the Observer Corps, by Jim, a person they had no idea how they could control.
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Emergence: Rebellion (Appendix), Section 06a, Collected Parts 08 – 14

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Section 06(a), Rebellion

Appendix Part 08, Jim

Chapters
01 Fear
02 Anger
03 Resentment
04 Idealism
05 Purpose
06 Plan
07 Conspiracy I

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Appendix Pt. 08, Jim; Ch. 01, Fear

Jim was an intractable critic, but his concern regarding the Continuum were not rooted in his disposition as a malcontent. He was frightened by the thing he witnessed, a monster.

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Appendix Pt. 08, Jim; Ch. 02, Anger

Jim was angry. The core of his being was filled with a sharp bitterness over the way the Collective had squandered it’s existence. They were addicts and he blamed the Continuum.

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Appendix Pt. 08, Jim; Ch. 03, Resentment

He was proud of his past. He had been a member of the team that constructed the original field of collective consciousness or so he believed, and he resented the Continuum.

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Appendix Pt. 08, Jim; Ch. 04, Idealism

Jim seemed to be a repository of the ideals the Ancient People had abandoned as they joined the Collective, abdicating their responsibilities for governance to the Continuum.

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Appendix Pt. 08, Jim; Ch. 05, Purpose

His objection to the Continuum went beyond indignation. His resolve to destroy it filled him with a slow burning purpose, a patient drive to undo the affliction it represented.

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Appendix Pt. 08, Jim; Pt. 06, Plan

Jim imagined a way he could slip something like a virus past the security features of the Continuum, when both it and the Collective were exposed, in their most vulnerable places.

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Appendix Pt. 08, Jim; Ch. 07, Conspiracy I

He formed a conspiracy with himself by replication, his conspirators were identical copies of himself, sharing the same freedom, but subordinating themselves to the cause.

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Section 06(a), Rebellion

Appendix Part 09, The People

Chapters
01 Soil
02 Seed
03 Water
04 Light
05 Growth
06 Harvest
07 Fire

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Appendix Pt. 09, The People; Ch. 01, Soil

Rebellion does not spontaneously emerge. People do not go against their governors for no reason. They will not risk life and freedom on a lark.

The soil must be prepared.
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Appendix Pt. 09, The People; Ch. 02, Seed

The seeds of rebellion are ideas, planted in the mind and nurtured in the hearts of those experiencing injustice. To flourish the people require the expectation of justice.

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Appendix Pt. 09, The People; Ch. 03,Water

The experience of injustice nourished the rebellious spirit like water soaking into the roots feeding it. Too much water, the organism will die, just enough it will thrive.

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Appendix Pt. 09, The People; Ch. 04, Light

A little knowledge is a dangerous thing. Exposing injustice, calling it out, naming it this is the light of truth. The rebel should never lie, let the light in moderately.

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Appendix Pt. 09, The People; Ch. 05, Growth

A rebellion moves outward from its center in waves, in concentric rings growing larger until they crash against the keepers of power just as water swallows the shoreline.

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Appendix Pt. 09, The People; Pt. 06, Harvest

A harvest comes. Those who sew injustice reap the same, this is the natural cycle and though the Collective had been spared it for billions of years, it’s time had come.

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Appendix Pt. 09, The People; Ch. 07, Fire

When the fruit of the field is ripe, bring it in, light the fields on fire.

Revolution ensues, the hands of justice turn the soil over to bury the old ways of corruption.

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Section 06(a), Rebellion

Appendix Part 10, Earth

Chapters
01 Archetype
02 Symbol
03 Narrative
04 Ritual
05 Myth
06 Quest
07 Revolution

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Appendix Pt. 10, Earth; Ch. 01, Archetype

To foment a revolution is to cultivate a thing, play on a narrative with ritual, symbol and myth, requireing people to see themselves as archetypes of the hero on quest.

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Appendix Pt. 10, Earth; Ch. 02, Symbol

The symbols of rebellion are dualistic, binary, zero-sum.

The motivating force is for justice, and against despotism, and tyranny. A rebellion needs both a hero and villain.

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Appendix Pt. 10, Earth; Ch. 03, Narrative

A rebellion does not spread by the experience of injustice, whether directly or as a witness to it.

Rebellion spreads by the narrative we construct and the story we tell.

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Appendix Pt. 10, Earth; Ch. 04, Ritual

Rituals shaped the entire context of a person’s life.

Both patriot, and rebel shared the same songs, same history, shared the same stories, pointing them to different ends.

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Appendix Pt. 10, Earth; Ch. 05, Myth

In order to be willing to sacrifice themselves for causes that were more merely exercises in futility, a rebel cabal had to see their revolutionary movement in a mythic context.

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Appendix Pt. 10, Earth; Pt. 06, Quest

To motivate a rebel, you have to convince him or her that they were seeking a resolution to injustice, that they would only find it beyond themselves.

It was an endless quest.

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Appendix Pt. 10, Earth; Ch. 07, Revolution

Nearly every revolution had a predictable outcome.
When the revolution succeeded the survivors moved quickly to consolidate their power, setting up new autocratic despots.

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Section 06 (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part 11, Continuum

Chapters
01 The Discontent
02 The Dispossessed
03 The Hidden
04 Enemies
05 Murder
06 Revenge
07 Conflict

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Appendix Pt. 11, Continuum; Ch. 01, The Discontent

Throughout the million worlds of the Empire and its trillions of people a tiny fraction enjoyed lives of peace and relative security. The majority were discontent.

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Appendix Pt. 11, Continuum; Ch. 02, The Dispossessed

Most people had nothing, they accumulated no wealth, received no inheritance, passed nothing to their children. They were wholly owned as citizens of the Empire.

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Appendix Pt. 11, Continuum; Ch. 03, The Hidden

Common men and women lived secretive lives, they did not share their resentment with any others, hiding their pain, their fear, hiding even from those closest to them.

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Appendix Pt. 11, Continuum; Ch. 04, Enemies

Those who harbored rebellion in the heart had to be conditioned to see everyone else as an enemy, as threat. There was no middle ground. A revolution is a zero-sum game.

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Appendix Pt. 11, Continuum; Ch. 05, Murder

In the mind of the revolutionary killing was not murder. It was self-defense. Even the innocent could be killed, it was justified as an attack on the system of oppression.

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Appendix Pt. 11, Continuum; Pt. 06, Revenge

Violence generates its own cycle. Revolution is a turning of the wheel. Revenge is sought simply for the principle of it, not to redress the wrong, but to satisfy a need.

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Appendix Pt. 11, Continuum; Ch. 07, Conflict

Revolution is conflict. The rebels must hunger for it, must thrive in it, the desire burning in them with a steady-quiet heat, until the moment comes when they explode.

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Section 06 (a), Rebellion

Appendix Part 12, Observer Corps

Chapters
01 Agitators
02 Selectees
03 Malcontents
04 Corruptible
05 Hedonism
06 Principles
07 Allies

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Appendix Pt. 12, Observer Corps; Ch. 01, Agitators

Continuum sought to manage the revolutionaries. It knew them, each and every one from its contact with their consciousness.

Agitating influences were rooted out.

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Appendix Pt. 12, Observer Corps; Ch. 02, Selectees

From among the disquieted, the Continuum selected members for missionary work in the Observer Corps, most were eager for an opportunity to live in the flesh again.

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Appendix Pt. 12, Observer Corps; Ch. 03, Malcontents

Removing the malcontents from the membership of the Collective allowed the Continuum greater controls, keeping them passive and calm. It was a means of control.

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Appendix Pt. 12, Observer Corps; Ch. 04, Corruptible

Observers were selected based on their disposition to be discontent and for their inclination toward corruptibility. The Continuum wanted despots in the Empire.

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Appendix Pt. 12, Observer Corps; Ch. 05, Hedonism

The thrill seekers, the pleasure principals, they had always been and they would remain the key to controlling people, both to instigate and to undermine rebellion.

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Appendix Pt. 12, Observer Corps; Ch. 06, Principles

The rebellious had to believe in their ideals and want to see their fulfillment more than their own desire. There was nothing easier to manipulate than idealism.

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Appendix Pt. 12, Observer Corps; Ch. 07, Allies

Rebels need allies for rebellions to succeed, they need active and passive support, both sympathizers and opportunists.

Revolution will not take place without them.

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Section 06 (a), Rebellion
Appendix Part 13, Collective

Chapters
01 The Trillion
02 The Majority
03 The Sleepers
04 The Sequestered
05 The Agitators
06 The Enemy
07 The Death Seekers

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Appendix Pt. 13, Collective; Ch. 01, The Trillion

The Collective was comprised of a trillion persons, distinct identities, each of which ruled their own personal–private domain. They were despotic, every last one.

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Appendix Pt. 13, Collective; Ch. 02, The Majority

Most of the members of the collective thought nothing of their role as consumers of pain, and suffering. They were enthralled by the vicarious experience of living.

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Appendix Pt. 13, Collective; Ch. 03, The Sleepers

There were millions of sleepers, they were a tiny majority of the Collective but their numbers were great, persons who were unsatisfied with being and disconnected.

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Appendix Pt. 13, Collective; Ch. 04, The Sequestered

Some of the membership sought death, they wanted it but there was no death for them. They opted for sequestration, a full separation of self from the Continuum.

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Appendix Pt. 13, Collective, Ch. 05, The Agitated

There were contentious elements within the Collective, members the Continuum could not control. They wanted more than the Collective had to offer, they wanted life.

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Appendix Pt. 13, Collective; Pt. 06, The Enemy

The Continuum controlled everything, as such the Continuum was universally loathed by all of those with revolutionary leanings. The Continuum was the enemy, the Devil.

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Appendix Pt. 13, Collective; Ch. 07, The Death Seekers

Among the rebellious Observers there was a subset of revolutionary whose only intention was death. They were intent on the destruction of the entire apparatus.

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Section 06 (a), Rebellion
Appendix Part 14, Conspiracy

Chapters
01 Unease
02 Disturbance
03 Foment
04 Commitment
05 Cabal
06 Column
07 Sacrifice

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Appendix Pt. 14, Conspiracy; Ch. 01, Unease

Observers who desired change were necessarily uneasy. Not only did they fear discovery for their own part, they feared that any other Observer who knew would betray them.

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Appendix Pt. 14, Conspiracy, Ch. 02, Disturbance

The rebellious were disturbing, which is why they were removed from the Collective, sent to be Observers, excised like cancer by the Continuum.

They were trouble.

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Appendix Pt. 14, Conspiracy; Ch. 03, Foment

They could not foment revolution against the Continuum directly, instead they worked against the Empire, which the Collective fed on, like a parasite feeding on its host.

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Appendix Pt. 14, Conspiracy; Ch. 04, Commitment

A revolution requires an absolute commitment from the rebels whose desire it is to bring about the change; to kill or be killed, to risk everything to destroy it all.

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Appendix Pt. 14, Conspiracy; Ch. 05, Cabal

Rebels found each other, communicating with the most subtle of signals, pushing messages slowly, over time, establishing lines of communication that joined them together.

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Appendix Pt. 14, Conspiracy; Pt. 06, Column

They were thin cabals made from loose associations, sympathizers tightening together for security and concerted action, to become revolutionary columns supporting worlds.

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Appendix Pt. 14, Conspiracy; Ch. 07, Sacrifice

The revolution could not survive without sacrifice the rebel Observers understood this, they sacrificed each other with great regularity, occasionally even themselves.

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Emergence: Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part One, Collected Parts 01 – 07

Emergence: Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part One, Collected Parts 01 – 07

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Appendix Part One, Secrets

Collected Chapters
01 Fantasy
02 Planning
03 Intention
04 Testing
05 Proof
06 Action
07 Hidden

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 01, Fantasy

Jim did not require the Continuum, and its vast technologies to aid him in the creation of his fantasy world. He did not need it because his world was one of simple idealism.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 02, Planning

Jim studied, he planned. He understood that he needed to use the strengths of the Continuum against it, its technology and then its weakness, its appetites and curiosity.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 03, Intention

He set his mind on a goal, the complete destruction of the Collective and the Continuum, desiring only to harness it’s technology to liberate the children of the Ancients.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 04, Testing

Jim tested the scope of the Continuum’s cognitive field, especially the threshold where it encountered the individual member of the Collective, it’s resilience and weakness.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 05 Proof

He found the vulnerability he was looking for, it was not one thing, but rather the dynamics that were in place for the functioning of the whole.

It was the Continuum itself.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 06, Action

Jim began to shape plans in his mind and to test them, taking steps to divide his consciousness in ways that were forbidden by the Continuum, violating the compact. He lied.

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Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 07, Hidden

He practiced the art of concealment. He was an adept at it. He hid things from himself, that is how he knew he could keep his secrets from the Continuum.

The veil was thin.

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Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part Two, Society

Chapters
01 Guide
02 Counselor
03 Seer
04 Sage
05 Scientist
06 Spymaster
07 Servant

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Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 01, Guide

Jim took his time. He planted stories in the imagination of the people he lived with, preparing them generation in advance to go to certain places, to fulfil his requirements.

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#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 02, Counselor

Jim made himself indispensable to queens and emperors, weaving stories into every culture that functioned like auto-hypnosis, his charges could not help but respond to.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 03, Seer

Jim constructed paradigms for myth, archetypes that he translated across the globe, into every language and every culture, through the imagery in his narrative he formed a way.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 04, Sage

Jim inserted himself into every mythology. He created a role for the wise man, a man standing apart from the power that organized the social structures; the sage, the prophet.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 05, Scientist

Jim experimented relentlessly. He was careful not to let his research advance the state of human technology too rapidly. He feared that would lead to his being discovered.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 06, Spymaster

Jim became adept at all the tools of spy craft. He established secret societies that monitored every aspect of human government, religion and the agents of the Continuum.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 07, Servant

Jim positioned himself as an administrator, a servant of governments world-wide, as a specialist, a functionary, problem solver as the indispensable man. He was good at it.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 03, Breeding

Chapters
01 Discovery
02 Hypothesis
03 Testing
04 Proof
05 Planning
06 Creating
07 Resolution

#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter
@jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 01, Discovery

Jim discovered something in the human body that affected the consciousness of the human race, finding it first in himself recognizing something different in his thinking.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 02, Hypothesis

Jim theorized that there was an element enhancing the cognitive process, a nanoparticle that had bonded to the human brain, connecting all people to its magnetic field.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 03, Testing

Jim used the resources at his command to build a laboratory for his research, hiding it from the Continuum, duplicating his own body and testing his theory on those golems.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 04, Proof

He found a mutation that captured nanoparticles of magnetite in the cerebral cortex, in concentrations strong to allow for a cognitive connection via Earth’s magnetic field.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 05, Planning

Jim planned to introduce change into the genetic profile of each tribe at the same time, to monitor the effect and breed the traits he was looking for across generations.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding; Ch. 06, Creating

Jim created physical markers that would manifest themselves in the characteristic of the gene-pools he wanted to develop. Every tribe had a marker, some more than one.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 03, Breeding, Ch. 07, Resolution

He determined to plumb the limit of his discovery. To do this he sent clones of himself to every population center, connecting them to him through the cynergenic field.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 04, University

Chapters
01 Institution
02 Logic
03 Method
04 Truth
05 Communication
06 Foundation
07 Mission

#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter
@jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 01, Institution

Jim established centers of learning among the tribes, the majority of which were pre-literate. Their lives were so fragile, he had to train them to manage calamities.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 02, Logic

There was safety in the vast structure of the schools he founded. Within the great walls of those institutions he formed secret societies to protect and carry out his work.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 03, Method

The human body had developed a reliance on aggression as a survival skill. The colonists had come to rely on swift action to mitigate crisis, that had to be tampered down.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 04, Truth

Jim had to be careful in how the qualities he was engineering manifested themselves in the population. They had to be kept in tension, isolated, and guarded from exposure.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 05 Communication

Jim began to peel back the barrier separating one human consciousness from others, he learned to manage their confusion. Madness and insanity followed his subjects.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 06, Foundation

Jim was happy with the reaction he received from his subjects. They were alive, aware. He established different paradigms in varied groups for how to manage the gifts.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University, Ch. 07, Mission

Jim was happy, for the first time he could remember. He was filled with a sense of purpose and moving toward the completion of his mission. He was looking for resolution.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 06, Approach

Chapters
01 Observing
02 Identifying
03 Testing
04 Verifying
05 Validating
06 Counseling
07 Controlling

#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter
@jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 01, Spinning

Jim could not be everywhere and the human population grew fast.

He used his agency to establish surveillance networks around the world, cultivating spies in everywhere.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 02 The Web

The web of spies served their own communities, the people to whom they had allegiances, for the most part. Though at the highest levels they shared and cooperated together.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 03, Cloak

Jim orchestrated the development of his international organization, personally managing the traditions that would allow it to progress, pulling the cloak of secrecy over it.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 04, Secrets

Jim exercised his ability to keep secrets. It was vital to his mission. He learned to keep secrets, even from himself, augmenting those abilities through his institutions.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 05, Language

Through international networks Jim kept alive many ancient languages that shaped disparate groups of their essential unity, hiding secret codes in the prevailing tongues.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Pt. 06, State

Jim used his networks to form political states, and to destroy them when he found it necessary. His was the unseen hand behind the powers of the world, he was the whisperer.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 05, Spymaster; Ch. 07, Nation

As time progressed he formed states into nations, great powers that revolved around ministries he kept secretive and in the dark. He was the silent power behind all powers.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 07, Kathy

Chapters
01 Heritage
02 Parentage
03 Unexpected
04 Confirmation
05 Miraculous
06 Surprise
07 Gift

#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter
@jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 01, Observing

Jim allowed his replicas to carry out the work of organizing a global network of spies and educators, devoting his attention to observing the mutation of the human stock.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 02, Identifying

Jim built systems into the social fabric, systems of reporting that allowed him to identify those people who carried the genetic structures he was looking, to build on.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 03, Testing

He tested his population in hospitals and asylums, in university laboratories and in prison. He tested candidates in the military. He bred them and experimented on them.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 04, Verifying

Year after year he verified his work, the strengthening and enhancement of the endowment he was building into the genetic profile of human beings, moving toward his goal.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 05, Validating

He had long since validated his hypothesis concerning Earth’s cynergenic field. Through his breeding program he validated his theory on how the field could be accessed.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Pt. 06, Counselling

When Jim discovered the family he surmised would produce the offspring he had been looking for, he inserted himself into their life as a counselor. He manipulated them.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 06, Approach; Ch. 07, Controlling

Jim found Kathy. She was the thing that he had been searching for, she was his Holy Grail, the sacred vessel that would carry his ambitions. He took possession of her.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 07, Kathy

Chapters
01 Heritage
02 Parentage
03 Unexpected
04 Confirmation
05 Miraculous
06 Surprise
07 Gift

#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter
@jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 01, Heritage

When he found Kathy and tested her skills he also set out on a detailed examination of her family tree, mapping each contact with it through the millennia. She was the one.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 02, Parentage

Kathy’s parents had been among his subjects.
Jim was slightly involved in their upbringing, and had arranged their union. They were docile, kind people, but unexceptional.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 03, Unexpected

Kathy’s parents were not in Jim’s main line of research. He only went to them after hearing word that their daughter had shown interesting abilities.
She was phenomenal.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 04, Confirmation

Jim sent proxies to her, engaging the full scope of his intelligence and security apparatus to protect her.
They conducted cognitive tests to confirm what he suspected.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 05, Miraculous

Kathy was miraculous. She was genuinely psychic, with the tell-tale signs of mental gifts that would aid her in her development, that would prevent her from going insane.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Pt. 06, Surprise

Jim was surprised to discover the range of the ability, carefully balanced in the small-child. She had access to her genetic memory and full immersion with the nous-sphere.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 07, Kathy; Ch. 07, Gift

Jim looked on Kathy as a gift.

She had arrived before her time, and in the hour of his need. She would serve as the conduit that would save humanity and destroy the Continuum.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part Four, University, Collected Chapters

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 01, Institution

Jim established centers of learning among the tribes, the majority of which were pre-literate. Their lives were so fragile, he had to train them to manage calamities.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 02, Logic

There was safety in the vast structure of the schools he founded. Within the great walls of those institutions he formed secret societies to protect and carry out his work.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 03, Method

The human body had developed a reliance on aggression as a survival skill. The colonists had come to rely on swift action to mitigate crisis, that had to be tampered down.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 04, Truth

Jim had to be careful in how the qualities he was engineering manifested themselves in the population. They had to be kept in tension, isolated, and guarded from exposure.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 05 Communication

Jim began to peel back the barrier separating one human consciousness from others, he learned to manage their confusion. Madness and insanity followed his subjects.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University; Ch. 06, Foundation

Jim was happy with the reaction he received from his subjects. They were alive, aware. He established different paradigms in varied groups for how to manage the gifts.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 04, University, Ch. 07, Mission

Jim was happy, for the first time he could remember. He was filled with a sense of purpose and moving toward the completion of his mission. He was looking for resolution.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section 05(a), Jim

Appendix Part 04, University

Chapters
01 Institution
02 Logic
03 Method
04 Truth
05 Communication
06 Foundation
07 Mission

#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter
@jaybotten

Emergence 1.0 – Section Five (A), Jim; Appendix Part Two, Society, Collected Chapters

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 01, Guide

Jim took his time. He planted stories in the imagination of the people he lived with, preparing them generation in advance to go to certain places, to fulfil his requirements.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 02, Counselor

Jim made himself indispensable to queens and emperors, weaving stories into every culture that functioned like auto-hypnosis, his charges could not help but respond to.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 03, Seer

Jim constructed paradigms for myth, archetypes that he translated across the globe, into every language and every culture, through the imagery in his narrative he formed a way.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 04, Sage

Jim inserted himself into every mythology. He created a role for the wise man, a man standing apart from the power that organized the social structures; the sage, the prophet.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 05, Scientist

Jim experimented relentlessly. He was careful not to let his research advance the state of human technology too rapidly. He feared that would lead to his being discovered.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 06, Spymaster

Jim became adept at all the tools of spy craft. He established secret societies that monitored every aspect of human government, religion and the agents of the Continuum.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 02, Society; Ch. 07, Servant

Jim positioned himself as an administrator, a servant of governments world-wide, as a specialist, a functionary, problem solver as the indispensable man. He was good at it.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part Two, Society

Chapters
01 Guide
02 Counselor
03 Seer
04 Sage
05 Scientist
06 Spymaster
07 Servant

#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter
@jaybotten

Emergence: Section Five (a), Jim; Appendix Part One, Secrets, Collected Chapters

Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 01, Fantasy

Jim did not require the Continuum, and its vast technologies to aid him in the creation of his fantasy world. He did not need it because his world was one of simple idealism.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 02, Planning

Jim studied, he planned. He understood that he needed to use the strengths of the Continuum against it, its technology and then its weakness, its appetites and curiosity.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 03, Intention

He set his mind on a goal, the complete destruction of the Collective and the Continuum, desiring only to harness it’s technology to liberate the children of the Ancients.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 04, Testing

Jim tested the scope of the Continuum’s cognitive field, especially the threshold where it encountered the individual member of the Collective, it’s resilience and weakness.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 05 Proof

He found the vulnerability he was looking for, it was not one thing, but rather the dynamics that were in place for the functioning of the whole.

It was the Continuum itself.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 06, Action

Jim began to shape plans in his mind and to test them, taking steps to divide his consciousness in ways that were forbidden by the Continuum, violating the compact. He lied.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Appendix Pt. 01, Secrets; Ch. 07, Hidden

He practiced the art of concealment. He was an adept at it. He hid things from himself, that is how he knew he could keep his secrets from the Continuum.

The veil was thin.

#Emergence #SuperShortFiction #365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter @jaybotten

Emergence: A Novel on Twitter
Section Five (a), Jim

Appendix Part One, Secrets

Collected Chapters
01 Fantasy
02 Planning
03 Intention
04 Testing
05 Proof
06 Action
07 Hidden

#Emergence
#SuperShortFiction
#365SciFi
#NovelOnTwitter
@jaybotten

Emergence – A Twitter Novel – Fini et Creatio

 

The End (Void)

 

 

Fini

Jim sensed a disturbance in the Collective; something was going on, as he was occupied with his war games. Then he saw her.

#Emergence

 

The Beginning (Return) Creatio

Kathy was no-longer Kathy; she was rooted in that identity, but she had fully transcended. She was humanity, emergent.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Fini et Creatio

Collected Parts

Fini et Creatio

Parts

01 Fini

02 Creatio

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Emergence – A Twitter Novel – Epilog

 

 

Epilog: Part One – Surrender

 

Epilog Pt.01

Kathy had one option. Feeling the psychic blow from the cataclysm on Earth, she surrendered. She had prepared for it.

#Emergence

 

Epilog: Part Two – Transmogrification Epilog Pt. 02

She sensed her consciousness duplicating. She was both Earth’s channel, and the guide, becoming a new quantum-person.

#Emergence

 

Epilog: Part Three – Transformation Epilog Pt. 03

Time was meaningless in the quantum field of the Continuum. Kathy became it, and ushered humanity into the collective.

#Emergence

 

Epilog: Part Four – Transcendence Epilog Pt. 04

She ascended quietly, seamlessly flowing into every vestige of the construct that supported her mind and conscience.

#Emergence

 

Epilog: Part Five – Peace Epilog Pt. 05

She felt the flood of humanity pouring through her, repopulating the Collective. Person by person she saved them all.

#Emergence

 

Epilog: Part Six – Death Epilog Pt. 06

There was fear, but no pain as Kathy felt the death of her body, fear magnified by the end of the world, then release.#Emergence

 

Epilog: Part Seven – Bliss Epilog Pt. 07

In the final stages of assuming the mantle of the Continuum, Kathy felt a sensation unlike any feelings before, pure.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Epilog

Collected Parts

Epilog

Parts

01 Surrender

02 Transmogrification

03 Transformation

04 Transcendence

05 Peace

06 Death

07 Bliss

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Emergence: Section Seven, War; Collected Parts

 

Emergence:

Section Seven, War

Division; Part Forty-three

Collected Chapters

Section 07, War

Part 43, Division

Chapters

01 The Apathetic

02 The Nihilists

03 The Atheists

04 The Traditionalists

05 The Believers

06 God Fearers

07 Martyrs

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Division; Part Forty-three,

Chapter One: The Apathetic

Pt. 43, Ch. 01

As the crisis hit, the Empire reacted. The Observers across the galaxy reacted, half had no care. “Let it collapse.”

#Emergence

 

Division; Part Forty-three,

Chapter Two: The Nihilists

Pt. 43, Ch. 02

Some in the higher orders, those who knew enough to have lost faith, argued to do nothing in response to the crises.

#Emergence

 

Division; Part Forty-three,

Chapter Three: The Atheists

Pt. 43, Ch. 03

Only a few generals believed the best course would be to move against the central planet; in its moment of weakness.

#Emergence

 

Division; Part Forty-three,

Chapter Four: The Traditionalists  

Pt. 43, Ch. 04

Those loyal to the Empire had the majority, but they were unprepared for the violence coming at them from all sides.

#Emergence

 

Division; Part Forty-three,

Chapter Five: The Believers

Pt. 43, Ch. 05

Common soldiers did not doubt the visions of advancement, resurrection, and eternal life; as promised by the Empire.

#Emergence

 

Division; Part Forty-three,

Chapter Six: God Fearers  

Pt. 43, Pt. 06

In the military, the most dangerous were those seeking an advancement to the priesthood. They mobilized the defense.

#Emergence

 

Division; Part Forty-three,

Chapter Seven: Martyrs

 

Pt. 43, Ch. 07

The god-fearers never considered that any would oppose them. So they were slaughtered where they gathered; en-masse.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Seven, War

Loyalties; Part Forty-four

Collected Chapters

Section 07, War

Part 44, Loyalties

Chapters

01 Genetic

02 Class

03 Planetary

04 Linguistic

05 Desire

06 Fear

07 Love

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Loyalties; Part Forty-four,

Chapter One: Genetic

Pt. 44, Ch. 01

Many things united the people, but the children of the Ancients evolved in different ways. Differences were primary.

#Emergence

 

Loyalties; Part Forty-four,

Chapter Two: Class

Pt. 44, Ch. 02

Everyone dreamed of advancing to the next levels. They loathed their own place, but when threatened; it united them.

#Emergence

 

Loyalties; Part Forty-four,

Chapter Three: Planetary

Pt. 44, Ch. 03

A million worlds in the empire; strung like gems among the stars, each a locus of identity for the ordinary citizen.

#Emergence

 

Loyalties; Part Forty-four,

Chapter Four: Linguistic  

Pt. 44, Ch. 04

The Imperial Schools attempted to normalize linguistics, but variation persisted. Colloquial patterns bonded people.

#Emergence

 

Loyalties; Part Forty-four,

Chapter Five: Desire

Pt. 44, Ch. 05

People found one another through the things they desired most; bonding with one another through their joy, and pain.

#Emergence

 

Loyalties; Part Forty-four,

Chapter Six: Fear  

Pt. 44, Pt. 06

Fear makes the life and behavior of a citizen more predictable than anything else. Not even death could overcome it.

#Emergence

 

Loyalties; Part Forty-four,

Chapter Seven: Love

 

Pt. 44, Ch. 07

Love is stronger than fear, or any powers. The Empire worked tirelessly to frustrate its presence among the planets.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Seven, War

Possession; Part Forty-five

Collected Chapters

Section 07, War

Part 45, Possession

Chapters

01 Self

02 Home

03 Trade

04 Control

05 World

06 Rites

07 Access

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Possession; Part Forty-five,

Chapter One: Self

Pt. 45, Ch. 01

Everyone was taught; all good things flowed from the Empire; from Continuum. The first gift was existence, selfhood.

#Emergence

 

Possession; Part Forty-five,

Chapter Two: Home

Pt. 45, Ch. 02

The Empire controlled family life, keeping families bound to a single dwelling for generations; as a way of control.

#Emergence

 

Possession; Part Forty-five,

Chapter Three: Trade

Pt. 45, Ch. 03

The citizens lived their lives within a narrow band of possibilities. Work, and trades were hereditary, and guarded.

#Emergence

 

Possession; Part Forty-five,

Chapter Four: Control  

Pt. 45, Ch. 04

Those in positions of power required balance and poise. Control requires greater control; to force it is to lose it.

#Emergence

 

Possession; Part Forty-five,

Chapter Five: World

Pt. 45, Ch. 05

The citizen had no say in the destiny of their home-world, they saw it as theirs, and themselves as belonging to it.

#Emergence

 

Possession; Part Forty-five,

Chapter Six: Rites  

Pt. 45, Pt. 06

Conformation to the Imperium was organized through religious rite; taking precedence over every other communal bond.

#Emergence

 

Possession; Part Forty-five,

Chapter Seven: Access

 

Pt. 45, Ch. 07

People coveted access more than anything; access to those in authority, able to grant a boon or advance their cause.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Seven, War

Conflict; Part Forty-six

Collected Chapters

Section 07, War

Part 46, Conflict

Chapters

01 Threat

02 Protection

03 Aggression

04 Defense

05 Confusion

06 Reaction

07 Purpose

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Conflict; Part Forty-six,

Chapter One: Threat

Pt. 46, Ch. 01

The Observers were millions of people. They were first to sense the collapse, they reacted with the powers they had.

#Emergence

 

Conflict; Part Forty-six,

Chapter Two: Protection

Pt. 46, Ch. 02

Observers in positions of power marshalled their forces to protect the Central Planet, the Collective and Continuum.

#Emergence

 

Conflict; Part Forty-six,

Chapter Three: Aggression

Pt. 46, Ch. 03

As The imperial fleet dropped into the central system; a wing rebelled, fixed arms on the commander and opened fire.

#Emergence

 

Conflict; Part Forty-six,

Chapter Four: Defense  

Pt. 46, Ch. 04

It was mayhem, and was unprecedented. The greatest part of the armada turned toward the attackers and joined battle.

#Emergence

 

Conflict; Part Forty-six,

Chapter Five: Confusion

Pt. 46, Ch. 05

Millions died in the assault. Starships burst into flame; suddenly extinguished in the vacuum of space. It was done.

#Emergence

 

Conflict; Part Forty-six,

Chapter Six: Reaction  

Pt. 46, Pt. 06

On every world, priests struggled to make sense of things. Those who could not see the change, were met with knives.

#Emergence

 

Conflict; Part Forty-six,

Chapter Seven: Purpose

 

Pt. 46, Ch. 07

The battles devastated the aristocracies on every world; the survivors pressed their victory against the Collective.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Seven, War

Tactics; Part Forty-seven

Collected Chapters

Section 07, War

Part 47, Tactics

Chapters

01 Ground

02 Time

03 Light

04 Space

05 Movement

06 Supply

07 Range

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Tactics; Part Forty-seven,

Chapter One: Ground

Pt. 47, Ch. 01

In war, ground determines all things. In space, ground is a euphemism for complex actions occurring in many vectors.

#Emergence

 

Tactics; Part Forty-seven,

Chapter Two: Time

Pt. 47, Ch. 02

Unified action was everything. A dance of great complexity, when done, those remaining were unsure of the next move.

#Emergence

 

Tactics; Part Forty-seven,

Chapter Three: Light

Pt. 47, Ch. 03

Around the Central Planet; the display of energies in the onslaught was followed by the absence of any light at all.

#Emergence

 

Tactics; Part Forty-seven,

Chapter Four: Space  

Pt. 47, Ch. 04

ZeroG combat, that was a misnomer. Gravity wells, singularities, artificial mass, such devices were key to victory.

#Emergence

 

Tactics; Part Forty-seven,

Chapter Five: Movement

Pt. 47, Ch. 05

In space, when you are maneuvering, when not subject to a specific gravity field, and where there is no resistance; everything is in motion.

#Emergence

 

Tactics; Part Forty-seven,

Chapter Six: Supply  

Pt. 47, Pt. 06

Anticipating a prolonged engagement, the fleet did not launch. During the insurrection, this mistake became obvious.

#Emergence

 

Tactics; Part Forty-seven,

Chapter Seven: Range

 

Pt. 47, Ch. 07

In the dynamic of ZeroG combat the range between opponent was in constant flux. Every victory created new obstacles.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Seven, War

Strategy; Part Forty-eight

Collected Chapters

Section 07, War

Part 48, Strategy

Chapters

01 Objective

02 Deployment

03 Maneuver

04 Code

05 Deception

06 Decipher

07 Engagement

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Strategy; Part Forty-eight,

Chapter One: Ground

Pt. 48, Ch. 01

Jim watched the drama unfold. The battle was spectacular. His aim was to draw the fleet in, and grind it to nothing.

#Emergence

 

Strategy; Part Forty-eight,

Chapter Two: Time

Pt. 48, Ch. 02

The ambush was over. The victory was clear. The rebels had no plan accept to deploy the fleet against the Continuum.

#Emergence

 

Strategy; Part Forty-eight,

Chapter Three: Light

Pt. 48, Ch. 03

The Continuum was paralyzed. Jim was free to direct the defenses of the central planets, placing them on auto pilot.

#Emergence

 

Strategy; Part Forty-eight,

Chapter Four: Space  

Pt. 48, Ch. 04

The senior commanders were all Observers, except one. They betrayed the people out of opportunism. They had no code.

#Emergence

 

Strategy; Part Forty-eight,

Chapter Five: Movement

Pt. 48, Ch. 05

Jim absolutely opposed the Continuum and its Imperium. He allowed the fleet in, just so that it could be eliminated.

#Emergence

 

Strategy; Part Forty-eight,

Chapter Six: Supply  

Pt. 48, Pt. 06

All readings confirmed a collapse in the Continuum, but the fleet could not scan the systems that were targeting it.

#Emergence

 

Strategy; Part Forty-eight,

Chapter Seven: Range

 

Pt. 48, Ch. 07

Jim wanted to destroy the fleet, and to send survivors back with the knowledge that it was he who had defeated them.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Seven, War

Battle; Part Forty-nine

Collected Chapters

Section 07, War

Part 49, Battle

Chapters

01 Evasion

02 Position

03 Target

04 Mele

05 Courage

06 Victory

07 Defeat

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter One: Evasion

Pt. 49, Ch. 01

When the energy weapons powered up, the fleet separated predictably. They could not see the missiles they flew into.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Two: Position

Pt. 49, Ch. 02

Jim only had to wait. They were coming. To reach the Central Planet they would have to navigate the weapons fields.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Three: Target

Pt. 49, Ch. 03

The Admiral sent his ships in as decoys to draw fire. They were cut apart while he landed in the heart of the world.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Four: Mele  

Pt. 49, Ch. 04

The landing forces were met by a myriad of drones on the planet’s surface. They were cut down to a small contingent.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Five: Courage

Pt. 49, Ch. 05

A priest, a general, and a few soldiers were all that remained when they came to the access nodes for the Continuum.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Six: Victory  

Pt. 49, Pt. 06

Jim accepted their surrender. In the common tongue, he issued terms for a realignment of the faith and the Imperium.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Seven: Defeat

 

Pt. 49, Ch. 07

Rebel Observers, had planned the destruction of Continuum for millennia. Only to see it usurped by one rogue member.

#Emergence

 

Emergence: Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle, Collected Chapters

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter One: Evasion

Pt. 49, Ch. 01

When the energy weapons powered up, the fleet separated predictably. They could not see the missiles they flew into.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Two: Position

Pt. 49, Ch. 02

Jim only had to wait. They were coming. To reach the Central Planet, they would have to navigate the weapons fields.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Three: Target

Pt. 49, Ch. 03

The Admiral sent his ships in as decoys to draw fire. They were cut apart while he landed in the heart of the world.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Four: Mele  

Pt. 49, Ch. 04

The landing forces were met by a myriad of drones on the planet’s surface. They were cut down to a small contingent.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Five: Courage

Pt. 49, Ch. 05

A priest, a general, and a few soldiers were all that remained when they came to the access nodes for the Continuum.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Six: Victory  

Pt. 49, Pt. 06

Jim accepted their surrender. In the common tongue, he issued terms for a realignment of the faith and the Imperium.

#Emergence

 

Battle; Part Forty-nine,

Chapter Seven: Defeat

 

Pt. 49, Ch. 07

Rebel Observers, had planned the destruction of Continuum for millennia. Only to see it usurped by one rogue member.

#Emergence

 

Emergence:

Section Seven, War

Battle; Part Forty-nine

Collected Chapters

Section 07, War

Part 49, Battle

Chapters

01 Evasion

02 Position

03 Target

04 Mele

05 Courage

06 Victory

07 Defeat

#Emergence

#SuperShortFiction

#365SciFi

@jaybotten