Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest; Chapter Seven, Overseer

Emergence 3.0
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Day 287, Sunday
October 14th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Overseer

With the blessing of the Collective, and by the favor of Continuum, he advanced in rank among the religious orders, and in the hierarchy of the priesthood.

He advanced despite his carnal crimes, or because of them.

It was a favorable development in the narrative of his life.

During his time in the priesthood his story had begun to tire. Thousands of intriguing dramas sprang up in relation to him.

Throughout the Empire millions of his followers took to extremes to demonstrate their love, and faith in him.

Planetary rebellion sprang to an all new high since the time he left military service, and now they were being carried out in his name. Rebel forces now included former members of the military caste who wanted to see him elevated to the Imperial throne.

The details of these conflicts were not reported to him, he was aware of it and did what he could from his position in the priesthood to quell those conflicts, but he was no longer a general.

He was a monk and a priest, and he was in love, engaged with a member of a royal house in a passionate affair.

The Continuum loved the intrigue of his cover-ups.

They made him a Cardinal, in order to free him, to give him the space to develop his relationship and sink deeper into his desires.

The masses, knowing nothing of his transgressions, adored him even more.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest; Chapter Six, Abba

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Day 286, Saturday
October 13th, 2018

Chapter Six: Abba

His affair with the Sister was illicit, but he loved her, and she him.

When he looked at her he could not tell the difference from the love of his life, a hundred years past, she was her twin, separated only by time.

She never cared a bit for the rules that bound her ancient house. Like most of the ruling families in the priestly caste, she was a nihilist.

He cared only for her.

They had both sworn vows of chastity, vows which she believed were meaningless long before she took them, knew they were not binding when she was seduced by the officiant who presided over her initiation.

Such vows, as far as she was concerned, were for appearances only, and were only meant to govern those on the lower rungs of the social order.

A death sentence could be served for such violations of the rites. As a novice she celebrated such executions with carnal delights, reveling in the slaughter of illicit lovers.

His willingness to break those vows, and the anguish it caused, captivated his audience in the Collective.

It was out of character, it was unpredictable. There was great risk to both him and her.

They ensured it would continue.

They made him Abba, the head of the most exalted religious order, the most secretive and the most influential, they positioned him as the head of the Imperial temple, answerable only to the Emperor himself.

His followers multiplied.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest; Chapter Five, Ordained

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Day 285, Friday
October 12th, 2018

Chapter Five: Ordained

While he would have preferred to remain in the holy orders of the contemplatives, that was an impossibility.

His following stretched across the million worlds of the Empire, the people clamored for news of him, and in its absence they wove stories and legends of their own.

After years of servitude and study, he was initiated into the mysteries, and ordained into the order of the priesthood.

He became an officiant of the sacred rites.

The temples he served in were overflowing with people, people who would spend years on pilgrimages to receive his blessing.

Every day he carefully reenacted the rituals, repeated the sacred chants which the people were taught, led to eternal life, for himself and on behalf of others he performed them, opening the gates of Continuum to the dead and dying.

The Imperial cult sent him on his own pilgrimage, he visited thousands of worlds.

He handpicked the coterie who attended him. The loving sister went with him everywhere he travelled.

They stole time together in the quiet moments of the evening, during the trek between worlds. He told her stories of his youth, and the rebellion, of his service as a soldier, of the sacred moment when he had been returned to life.

She was from an exalted family, jaded and skeptical of all the sacred rites, as most of the priestly class were.

They were passionate for each other, they were loving and kind.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest; Chapter Four, Sister

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Day 284, Thursday
October 11th, 2018

Chapter Four: Sister

He was always a conformist at heart. That was the secret to his success in leadership, though he did not know it.

Leaders conform to the expectations of their followers, they are shaped by them, it is why they are trusted.

From his youth in the rebellion, his the years of resistance pursuing his quest for justice; he was obedient, a follower, not always of people, but to the multitudes and his ideals.

He had been the unparalleled leader. His commitment to deliver what the people desired and expected of him, what they expected of the Empire, of the faith, it drove people to him

He was a follower of ideals. He did not give the people a voice, he was their voice. When he spoke from the heart, it resonated in theirs, because their feelings and desires were one and the same.

In relation to his principles he was relentless, unquestioning. His ideals were like pillars made of diamond, as clear as daylight, and as solid as foundation of a world.

He never wavered, and that is why he succeeded when he was returned to life, when ended his rebellion and went into the service of the Empire.

The role he played was different, it was different on an order of magnitude, but he followed it with the same simple conviction.

He believed in his heart that the fate of the people, of trillions of people rested on the proper function of government, and that peace and prosperity would follow if each and every person obeyed.

Then he met a woman, and he fell in love.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest; Chapter Three, Brother

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Day 283, Wednesday
October 10th, 2018

Chapter Three: Brother

As with every other aspect of Imperial life, the priesthood was divided, first by gender, and then into classes.

There was no escaping it.

Men and women each had their province of control and influence, and yet women were always subject to men.

There were two basic divisions within the priesthood. There were the officiants of the sacred rites, and then there were the holy orders, service societies, and contemplative sects.

As with every other strata of the Empire, whoever you were, wherever you went, you knew your rank, and you were bound by protocol.

Every member of the priestly class had some choice as to what path they wanted to pursue, though in reality most people were governed by the dynastic ambitions of their families.

The vast majority of priestly power resided in its bureaucracy, the management of its land holdings, and the officiation of the temple rites.

When faced with the choice of which path he wanted his career to follow, he went deep, as was characteristic of him.

He followed the contemplative sects into the paths of mystery, austerity, and aesthetics.

He wanted to do more than officiate rituals or manage a temple, he wanted to discover the meaning of existence.

He felt that at long last he would find a place of peace where he could age, and end his days.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest; Chapter Two, Novice

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Day 282, Tuesday
October 9th, 2018

Chapter Two: Novice

The priestly caste was the most exalted caste.

And though he had experienced a life of opulence as a Field Marshall, and as a chief administrator, the world that the priestly caste dwelt in was different by an order of magnitude.

The luxuries were understated, they were simple, even for the priest at the lowest level, there was not even a hint of want or need.

It was required that he take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

These were virtually meaningless in the context of the wealth he was surrounded by, had access to, regardless of whether he owned it or not.

Every novice was required to take these, but they were not necessarily for life. After the age of maturity, after their time of training and education, after a period of service as an acolyte most members of the priestly caste would return to their home worlds to support their families dynastic ambitions.

Some would remain in service, and a few other would join the austere contemplative societies where they would continue to live selflessly in service to the Continuum, and the Collective which they aspired to

He entered the sacred order without any thought for himself or his future. He had no family to return to.

He was initiated into the mysteries, and his eyes were opened.

He became, once again, a servant. It was a position of familiarity and comfort. He preferred the regulated life.

He was the oldest novice ever to be tonsured.

He was wise, and he was quiescent.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest; Chapter One, Oblate

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Day 281, Monday
October 8th, 2018

Chapter One: Oblate

He had been an outsider since the moment he rejected the Empire and entered the rebellion.

The general staff was elated when they were informed that he was ordered to leave military service and enter the priest hood. Regardless of the fact that this was yet again, another transcendent movement between castes.

The Imperial Cult reached down and pulled him up.

It was another unprecedented event for the entire Empire to celebrate; his rise from the status of a rebel, and an outcast, to the most exalted class of being.

His followers throughout the Empire grew by an order of magnitude.

Once again, he started on the lowest rung of the religious orders.

He was an oblate.

He was given the mark of humility.

He was tonsured, as any beginner would be.

In his new position, he had more rank than all of the generals he had formerly served with, though less power.

His home planet became a place of pilgrimage

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Emergence: Section Six, The Empire; Part Thirty-nine, Priest, Collected Chapters

 

Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter One: Oblate

Pt. 39, Ch. 01

They raised him to the priesthood. Once again, he started on the lowest rung. He was tonsured; marked with humility.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Two: Novice

Pt. 39, Ch. 02

He took vows; of poverty, of obedience. He entered the sacred order; was initiated in the mysteries. He was servant.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Three: Brother

Pt. 39, Ch. 03

There was the priesthood, and the holy orders, he always went deep. He followed the paths of mystery, and austerity.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Four: Sister  

Pt. 39, Ch. 04

Since his days as a rebel, he was obedient, a follower, unquestioning, and then he met a woman, and he fell in love.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Five: Ordained

Pt. 39, Ch. 05

He was initiated into the mysteries, and ordained into the order of the priesthood; an officiant of the sacred rite.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Six: Abba  

Pt. 39, Pt. 06

His affair with the nun was illicit. It captivated his audience. They ensured it would continue. They made him Abba.

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Priest; Part Thirty-nine,

Chapter Seven: Overseer

 

Pt. 39, Ch. 07

He advanced despite his carnal crimes. The Continuum loved the intrigues of his cover-ups. They made him a Cardinal.

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Emergence:

Section Six, The Empire

Priest; Part Thirty-nine

Collected Chapters

Section 06, The Empire

Part 39, Priest

Chapters

01 Oblate

02 Novice

03 Brother

04 Sister

05 Ordained

06 Abba

07 Overseer

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