Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter Seven, Defeat

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Day 357, Sunday
December 23rd, 2018

Chapter Seven: Defeat

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

The rebel Observers had dreamt of the destruction of the Continuum for millennia, eons upon eaon. 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 ability as change agents was naïve.

In reality, everything they did, every plot they hatched, all of it was followed by the Continuum. There were no secrets among them.

The plans they had laid out always ended in 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.

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

Then all of their schemes were usurped by one rogue member.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter Six, Victory

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Day 356, Saturday
December 22nd, 2018

Chapter Six: Victory

It was a death march, and they knew it. They had no idea how or if they could survive their journey through the place where they had come to.

Their only hope lay in the fact that they were still alive, that whatever power was now in command of HomeWorld had some use for them.

They were flying blind, even their mechanoids had been destroyed in the gauntlet they had passed through.

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

The Collective was catatonic, but there were unfathomable currents of activity happening within it.

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

One of their own, Observer 92835670100561474, referring to himself now as Jim, a specter from their past, Jim had seized control of everything.

They were simultaneously stunned, and at the same time they were not surprised, this was the most enigmatic member of the Collective, a being who had done incredible things, impossible things, and as such he was the most closely watched and monitored member, no-one could believe that it was possible for him to launch a revolution from his remote place on Earth, at the edge of the galaxy.

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

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

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter Five, Courage

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Day 355, Friday
December 21st, 2018

Chapter Five: Courage

They were defeated, in shock, bewildered.

The High Priest, a general, and a few soldiers were all that remained of the rebels from of the Imperial armada, as they walked slowly across the surface of the alien world and wound their way to the access nodes of the Continuum.

The most composed among them was the priest, watching his companions, listening to them talk to one another about things that no soldier should have known.

All of them accept the priest, were members of Observer Corps. They had never walked the surface of HomeWorld, no living beings had, but they knew where they were going, and what they were looking for.

They also knew 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 wanted them there, had some purpose for them being there.

They were ready to talk with that being.

They looked about themselves and saw the phalanx of mechanoids flanking them on their route, and each of the Observers had no other desire than to have their consciousness housed in one of those powerful vehicles.

Instead they were stuck in their fragile human bodies.

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

They were met with silence.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter Four, Mele

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Day 354, Thursday
December 20th, 2018

Chapter Four: Mele

Every soldier knew that certain death awaited them, they were past the point of caring.

They had accepted it.

The expeditionary forces were gallant, 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 the High Priest, a legendary figure that virtually every soldier worshipped as a living God.

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

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

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. A single drone had the power to cut through the shell of a planet, they were more deadly than anything in the imperial armada.

The drones cut the landing power down to a small contingent.

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

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter Three, Target

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Day 353, Wednesday
December 19th, 2018

Chapter Three: Target

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

The Admiral of the rebel fleet was no fool, he 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, it had done so before, but now he was not so sure.

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

He sent the armada in as decoys 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.

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.

They had assumed that they were facing automated systems, they did not realize there was a consciousness to contend with, one bent on their destruction.

The fleet received their orders like sheep, flying predictably into the path of the projectiles that had targeted them.

It was a total slaughter.

The fleet was cut apart while the Admiral landed in the heart of the Central Planet.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter Two, Position

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Day 352, Tuesday
December 18th, 2018

Chapter Two: Position

Jim 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 home world 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

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.

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 mechanoid body, a vehicle with incredible destructive power.

The fleet approached, lighting 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 that it was a shame he had 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, 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 shell.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-nine, Battle; Chapter One, Evasion

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Day 351, Monday
December 17th, 2018

Chapter One: Evasion

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, and they separated 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.

As each ship in the fleet moved away from every other, and away from the awesome power of its firing solution; of lasers and photo cannons and of particle-beam accelerators, they flew directly into the path of the projectiles that 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 that were 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 evade the onslaught.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-eight, Strategy; Chapter Seven, Engagement

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Day 350, Sunday
December 16th, 2018

Chapter Seven: Engagement

It was a glorious time. Jim felt it, and he struggled to suppress the feelings that were peaking at levels he had no memory of ever experiencing before.

Jim reveled in his victory; his long sought after victory over the Continuum, his victory over the Collective, and his impending victory over the approaching Imperial fleet.

He wanted nothing more than to prolong this moment, to stretch it out forever like the elongation of time at the event horizon of a singularity.

This moment was a singularity, for him.

As he watched the rebel fleet approach he wanted nothing more than to destroy it, to crush it, to send the survivors back with the knowledge that it was he who had defeated them, but he had competing desires, and some of them, the vainglorious ones, he had to set them aside for the moment and concentrate on the task at hand.

He had to allow a remnant in, He had to allow them to land on HomeWorld. He needed something from them in order to complete his takeover of the Collective and the apparatus of the Continuum

He also wanted credit, he wanted an acknowledgment from the Observer Corps and any other survivors of the Collective, he needed their endorsement of his hostile actions, he required their consent to pursue his agenda any further.

He required a majority of the Collective to support him, if he were to accomplish his goal.

He needed to winnow the field a little further. When it came to the moment that he forced them to make their choice, he had to leave them in a place where they would have only one choice.

It had to be life or death for Jim to prevail in the struggle.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-eight, Strategy; Chapter Six, Decipher

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Day 349, Saturday
December 15th, 2018

Chapter Six: Decipher

He was in the middle of the most intense action he could have ever imagined; taking control of the physical, mechanical systems of both the HomeWorld and the expansive Central System; correlating data from millions of sensors and monitors; actively suppressing what remained of the Collective; erecting defenses against a possible reestablishment of the Continuum; executing the defenses of the HomeWorld in preparation for the advancing Imperial armada.

Jim engaged the programs that were established to monitor the strength and health of the HomeWorld, he allowed the raw data to filter through, he sorted it in the quantum field in no-time.

His mind was functioning at peak performance, slipping in and out of the space beyond time. Each and every node of his own consciousness that he had previously replicated and deployed through the machina that was the body of the Collective, and the home of the Continuum, was brought into the Jim’s singular consciousness, it was a grand coalescence.

It was dizzying.

Every reading from the vast array of instruments confirmed a collapse of the Continuum, but Jim needed to be sure that there was not a vessel somewhere in the space of the HomeWorld, housing its twin, as Jim had housed his own.

Jim doubted this, everything he knew about the Continuum and the unique structure of its personality confirmed that it could not tolerate a second version of itself, even a copy kept isolated and in stasis.

The continuum needed above all things to believe that it was unique. This guided Jim’s summation.

However, the Continuum was also paranoid beyond belief, and Jim would not put anything past the demi-urge, it may have built fail-safes into fail-safes.

The Observers in command of the rebel fleet approached the HomeWorld with great caution.

They were able to scan the systems of HomeWorld through their mechanoid bodies that were ghosting the fleet, with tools that were unknown to the Empire itself. They confirmed that the Collective was catatonic, they confirmed that the Continuum was inactive. They were able to identify Jim’s activity, but they could not identify him as the main actor, as the causal agent of the disaster.

His activity appeared to them to be an automated subroutine of coordinated defensive measures.

It emboldened them, they moved forward, but they and the fleet were unable to scan the activation of the weapons systems that were targeting it.

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Emergence 3.0 – Section Seven, War; Part Forty-eight, Strategy; Chapter Five, Deception

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Day 348, Friday
December 14th, 2018

Chapter Five: Deception

Jim was piqued, his emotions high, as millions of years of careful planning and waiting were coming to their final end.

Jim absolutely opposed the Continuum and its Empire, and now the Continuum was gone, the Collective sequestered and shut down, the military powers of the Empire were on the brink of destruction.

All of his attention was focused on the task at hand. The final conflict with the most insidious and oppressive force that could ever have been imagined.

He despised the society his ancestors had created, the oppressive, artificial, all-consuming cowardice of it.

He had already become the greatest mass murderer in the history of the galaxy, and he was about to add to the count.

He intended to wipe away the entire structure that undergirded the Empire, to plunge a million worlds into darkness, to cut them off from one another where they could evolve on their own, free from the oppressive, overcontrol of the Imperium.

The first and second phases of his great endeavor were nearly complete, he was on the cusp of victory.

He would replace the machinery of the Imperial order with something new, with something that would reignite the passion of the ancient people, the passion for freedom, exploration, and risk taking.

He allowed the fleet in, just so it could be eliminated, the entire armada reduced to a single vessel.

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