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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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