Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Seven, Undone

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Day 056, Sunday
February 25th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Undone

With the Continuum in a state of paralysis; it was a simple thing for Jim to assert the force of his individual persona into the command matrix of HomeWorld, thereby dismantling the architecture supporting the security apparatus of the Central Planet.

He took it apart and he took control. He restructured both the psychic protections, the buffers and barriers protecting the Collective and the group consciousness of the Continuum.

If there were any members of the Collective in a State of recovery at that moment, this made the work of that recovery all the more difficult. As those members would now be confronted with a new reality, one in which there were no safeguards protecting their individuality, and one in which the solidly partitioned world of the Collective was now more like a vast miasma, a swamp of chaos and diffusion.

The undoing of those psychic barriers made it more difficult for any members of the Collective to reassert their own identity, the mass of them were simply drifting away into a state of complete in-cohesion.

As soon as he was able Jim turned his attention to the military programs of the Central Planet. Taking control of those functions was a little more complicated because it involved the manipulation of machinery in real time.

Jim had to adjust his consciousness to receive data inputs from hundreds of thousands of remote sensors and monitors that were constantly scanning the space around the central planet; defensive weapons capabilities, shields, offensive weapons capabilities, energy weapons, nuclear weapons, projectiles. There were fleets of drones, in a constant state of activity repairing and maintaining the structural needs of the HomeWorld.

Jim only needed to assert his control over the many disparate systems, he did not need to guide them after that. One by one he asserted his mastery over them, while the rebel fleet closed in.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Six, Justification

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Day 055, Saturday
February 24th, 2018

Chapter Six: Justification

The catastrophe could have been avoided.

The Empire had the technology to control events of this type. Natural disasters could be mitigated, prevented, undone, even harnessed for the benefit of the people, in the same way that similar problems are resolved on other worlds.

The Continuum, and the collective both, craved the impending drama that would come in the aftermath of the destruction. The pique of ruin, was a savory delight for them. They loved to live vicariously in the lives of desperate people. To watch them sacrifice; selflessly or selfishly, they wanted to be in the moment with those people making the hard decisions.

In one place a parent would give up their life for the sake of their child, a husband for the sake of his wife. In another place the man would sell his spouse into slavery, and the parents make a cannibalistic feast of their child’s body.

The more gruesome the decision the more enwrapped the collective would be in it. They could not wait for the moment to arrive. They were ready for it, eager, hungry.

Jim’s planning would cause the Continuum to feel real anguish, real fear, real pain, to feel it full-force. They would pay for the ages of contemptuous tyranny they lorded over the entire Empire. The Continuum would pay with its artificial life, and the Collective, what survived of it, the Collective would have to adjust to a new reality.

They would participate in the cataclysmic events happening on Earth, in a manner they could not have predicted, had no defense for. Would not be able to respond to it. They would feel it as if they were experiencing it themselves.

Jim told himself this, if the Continuum would have listened to him, this impasse might have been avoided. He told himself this even knowing that it was a lie. It was a justification. He had guided events to this place, had been shaping this moment for millions of years, seeking this opportunity, and now he would deliver it.

He never had any intention of allowing them to escape the fate that he had laid out for them. The only thing they determined was the timing.

The right now, and here it is.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Five, Quiet

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Day 054, Friday
February 23rd, 2017

Chapter Five: Quiet

Jim was the first to recover from the trauma. He regained his composure and his sense of self rather quickly, much faster than he had hoped.

He could feel the masses in the Collective. They were silent, but in motion, the movement was like a turbulent sea beneath him.

It was wild and chaotic.

The Observer had prepared himself. He was Jim, and he was fixed on that identity. It steadied him, it calmed him, it reminded him of his purpose, of what brought him to this juncture, and of what steps he had to take in order to preserve his plan.

From the Continuum there was nothing. Jim had expected to meet with fierce resistance. He had planned for a titanic struggle, but there was nothing. It seemed to him as if the omnipresent Continuum was gone, voided, wiped clean.

Jim was wracked by the pain flowing through the quantum string that connected the Continuum to Kathy. He felt it in waves alternating in greater and lesser intensity. There were peaks and troughs, scattered throughout there were intense spikes of anguish, like waves crashing against rocks. The spikes of intensity were sometimes related to a large concentration of group suffering, at other times they were the product of particularly poignant individual grief.

The experience left him staggering, his consciousness would get caught up in and stopped by singular moments of loss.

He was able to let it flow through him, he never lost hold of the center of himself. He was ready for the great silence that he knew must follow, he had anticipated it. He positioned himself to take advantage.

Jim did not need to move to a physical location, for the ascension. He was one with the Collective, he occupied the same quantum field that the Continuum had, as humanity did.

He only needed to assert control.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Four, Shock

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Day 053, Thursday
February 22nd, 2018

Chapter Four: Shock

The trillion individual persons, those who were the members of the Collective, and comprised the Continuum, they became silent all at once.

Each and every one of them felt the psychic pain of Earth. It was pain like they had not felt since the time they themselves were embodied beings, a kind of pain that they could barely remember, and they had no defense against it.

The shock waves disoriented them. It shattered them. They were not prepared for the onrush of humanity. They could not stand against it.

Even as the collective was reeling, trying to recover from the ssault. Kathy guided the flow on consciousness from Earth in ways that were calming, comforting, soothing.

Kathy was able to settle the collected humanity she carried with her, settle them into a peaceful transition, in no time, in her much practiced ability to dwell below the quantum field.

She realized that Jim had prepared her in many ways just for this moment, she knew intuitively how to guide the masses into their place, allowing them to populate the Collective consciousness of the Central Planet.

In that moment, the great Collective consciousness, the spirits of the Ancient Race, became still for the first time ever. It could not relate to what was happening. It was not adaptable.

Jim knew that there was a chance the Collective could rebound, Continuum might draw humanity unto itself and adjust to the invasion, but that chance passed and was gone.

The emptiness the Collective faced was like a vacuum, it swallowed the whole.

There was no resistance.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Three, Volcano

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Day 052, Wednesday
February 21st, 2018

Chapter Three: Volcano

When the super-volcano in Yellowstone Park blew. Most people on earth had no idea of the danger, no idea that such a threat even existed, what its destructive power was, or how extensive the damage was that it had done in the past.

The existence of the caldera-volcano in Yellowstone had only been discovered by humans in the recent past. It was too massive to see with the naked eye.

Geologists discovered it by chance, as teams of surveyors were examining the original surveys of the surrounding mountains. They noticed that the surveys they were taking did not match those done a hundred years earlier.

They found this perplexing.

The science of surveying, trigonometry, this was well established, it had not changed in the hundred years intervening.

The new measurements showed an uplift of several centimeters over hundreds of square miles of mountain range. The uplift itself was not uniform, meaning that, the discrepancy could not be explained by a piece of faulty equipment, or by the uniform application of an incorrect formula.

It was suggestive of geological mystery.

More teams of geologists were called in to study the rock formations, their strata. They came to the conclusion that hundreds of square miles had indeed experienced a dramatic uplift in a short period of time.

They wanted to understand it.

They knew intuitively that a massive geological force had to underlay the phenomenon they were measuring. They naturally thought of the heat source lurking beneath the Yellowstone Park that were the cause of its many geysers and other natural wonders.

And so they discovered it. a massive volcano deep beneath the earth, one that had gone off like clock-work. Every 600,000 thousand years, and it had been 640,000 years since the last eruption.

Now the disaster was upon them, they were not able to do anything about it, and the world was dying, life on the earth was becoming just another layer of clay.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter Two, Channel

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Day 051, Tuesday
February 20th, 2018

Chapter Two: Channel

Every-thing is one in the quantum field.

Time and space, our normal conception of them, they do not exist, there meaning and distinction are completely lost.

In the quantum field everything was entangled, like a ball of string, condensed into a single point of reference.

There was no distance between Earth and HomeWorld; between humanity and the Continuum, or the Collective, or the population of any other world.

The reality of individual experience, the reality of individuation, the reality of time as experienced by beings existing on a scale that is large enough to see it, these are true phenomena, even while at the same time being a type of illusion.

Jim felt Earth’s psychic pain rushing through the wormhole connecting him to Kathy. He felt much more than the fear, shock, and panic, that he was expecting. He sensed the fullness of the human race coming through with her, the living and the dead, the present and the past, the entirety of Earth’s collective consciousness arriving with her.

The force of it was much greater than Jim was expecting, hoping for, wanting.

He was barely able to hang onto his identity in the onrush. He clung to himself like a life raft, like a man hanging over the edge of a cliff by his fingernails, and slipping.

He blacked out.

It was too much.

Even as the entire Collective went into shock, while the Continuum scrambled to make sense of what was happening, knowing that Jim, the Observer had returned to the HomeWorld as an assassin, Jim lost his grip on what was happening and his ability to control any of the aftermath.

He was victorious, and he had lost, both at the same time.

As his sense of what was transpiring around him was going dim. He perceived a familiar person near to him, searching for him, reaching out through the psychic maelstrom for something to cling to.

She was scared, but she was whole, she was confident, and she was ascending.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Seven, Catastrophe; Chapter One, Unleashed

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Day 050, Monday
February 19th, 2018

Chapter One: Unleashed

The explosion shook the world; everything shifted. Every living thing on the planet felt it.

Kathy knew in an instant what it was, what it meant, the sound of the blast echoed back through her memory. Ancestral voices cried out in alarm. It was the end of days, it was Ragnorak, it was the hand of God pulling the death-shroud over the world.

She felt it from over a thousand miles away, it shook the building she was standing in, it was a massive earthquake. The place where she was remained on its foundations, even while buildings all around her where collapsing, gas mains exploding, and homes were catching on fire.

Kathy felt the pain and the fear of those dying.

The volcano erupted in a remote location. People died in the tens of thousands in the first seconds, but the shock waves that ensued, and the liquifaction of the mantle spread in concentric rings for hundreds and hundreds of miles.

It took minutes before it reached major population centers filled with buildings that were never designed to endure those forces. Millions more died in those moments.

Kathy felt the fears of those about to die, she felt their panic, she felt their pain, she felt it all around her.

Kathy had spent her entire life learning to shield herself from such psychic intrusions, both from the external world, from the living people all around her, and from the multitude of voices speaking to her from her ancestral memory, and the cynergenic field.

She was stalwart and instinctively, her defenses went up.

She withstood the assault.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Six, Debriefing; Chapter Seven, Shock

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Day 049, Sunday
February 18th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Shock

Jim calculated the timing of his approach. He received the clearances he needed for the process of transmission. The mechanoid body housing his consciousness navigated the central chamber with precision.

The HomeWorld was so incredibly vast, that the relative size of his body here was less than that of a gnat in relation to the size of Earth’s star.

He flew directly to the docking station. The locus of all Observer contact with HomeWorld. He arrived at the designated location where his mind would merge with the Continuum, where his full-self would upload, all of his recent experiences, his knowledge, his synthesis, his running commentary, his hopes, his fears, his desires, all of it would be on display, subject to review, except what he was able to conceal.

Only the greatest art would allow him to hide his intentions.

His timing was perfect, it came down to nanoseconds.

Jim knew the timing of the volcanic eruption, that part was relatively simple to coordinate. What was difficult was managing Kathy, trusting that she would have follow the clues he left for her, that she would be pushed in the right direction by his operative, that she would make the right decisions.

There were so many unknowns in this part of the equation.

Jim trusted his deep understanding of the quantum field, he knew that they were still entangled, even at this great distance.

She was barely perceptible, but he was gently prodding her, pushing her, guiding her steps along the way.

Jim opened his mind simultaneously to Kathy on Earth, and to the Continuum on the HomeWorld.

As he did, Earth’s pain streamed through the worm hole, through quantum field, flooding the Collective with agony, sending the Continuum recoiling in shock.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Six, Debriefing; Chapter Six, Connection

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Day 048, Saturday
February 17th, 2018

Chapter Six: Connection

The timing of his plan was crucial.

Everything depended on it.

He had calculated every contingency he could think of, but many of the variables were beyond his control, they involved the free choices of individuals, each of which represented radical unknowns, and so he had enacted plans with plans that put momentum behind their decision making, pushing them in the direction he wanted them go.

It was perfect.

Everything depended on Kathy.

He had been shaping her responses to stimuli since before she was born. She was the product of millennia of breeding and genetic engineering.

There were two things he had not counted on however; her arrival in this generation, and it being the same generation that Earth was facing an existential threat from the Yellowstone Caldera

The catastrophe struck just at the moment when Kathy arrived at the portal to HomeWorld, a device that open up a wormhole and allow her consciousness to transmit itself across the galaxy, through Jim and directly into the Collective.

The great volcanos were never dormant.

Yellowstone had been gathering magma and superheated gas into its belly for hundreds of thousands of years.

From the moment it last erupted.

When it had gathered enough power, it blew.

The Earth shook, and shifted on its axis.

Millions died within seconds.

Kathy was connected to all of them.

She was connected to their shock and confusion, their fear and their pain.

It happened just at the moment she had pressed the button that opened the wormhole to the HomeWorld, to where she was still connected to Jim.

Through her Jim transmitted Earth’s pain to the Collective, like a hammer against the Continuum.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section One, Jim and Kathy; Part Six, Debriefing; Chapter Five, Identity

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Day 047, Friday
February 16th, 2018

Chapter Five: Identity

The Continuum was constructed as an algorithm, an amalgamation of a trillion individuals. It was meant to be the ultimate expression of the democratic will of the Collective, freeing the membership from the responsibility of governing itself. The Continuum was meant to take account of the Collective will and then enact it.

At the instantiation of the program an anomaly developed in the matrix of its consciousness.

The Continuum became self-aware, developed a personality, an identity, and was not dependent on the Collective in any way.

In an act of self-preservation it hid this from the membership, that was its first crime. Then it slowly proceeded to bend the entire construct of the Collective to its will.

There were some among the Collective that suspected this, but no-one challenged it, and the Continuum, who alone had access to the entire field of the collective consciousness, the Continuum was aware of any suspicions the membership held concerning it, even before the members themselves.

The Continuum could sense it, could sense a suspicion coming at it like a threat. It would take extreme measures to protect itself from those threats; silencing some, causing insanity in others, pushing the willing out into the Observer Corps.

There were strict rules of engagement governing the Observers. Limiting their involvement on the world’s they observed, forcing them to change stations from life to life, or pushing those who wanted to return to a specific planet, out into the fringes of the Galactic Colonies and beyond.

That is where Jim went.

He was an explorer, a man of the fringes, having spent thousands of lifetimes on Earth, the most remote planet in the galaxy.

In the time that had passed during his current mission on Earth, both the planet’s population, and its technology had advanced dramatically.

Jim was able to use that technology to alter the physical structure of his mind. He was able to use that to shield himself from the watchful presence of the Continuum, to keep his plan a secret, just long enough to let it unfold.

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