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19 January 2018 @ 09:45 pm
_Last Merge_ Prologue  



Xen Wolfson cursed his invisibility as he leaped out of the way of a truck pulling into the main road.

For some values of "road." Bulldozed and packed rubble of a civilization furiously rebuilding after the disaster they'd deliberately engineered.

Why the rush? What little we know of the history of the Helios world, or miniature universe . . . we don't even know for sure whether "Helios" refers to either or both. And then the people refer to themselves—we think—as Helaos. But the histories we found and translated have them merging every twenty to thirty years. So why the rush, just a year after they killed billions in their careening course across dimensions?  

Xen turned away from the road and climbed again. From above he could see two of the squat black cubes of their magnetics centers.

Sealed and guarded, and, most likely the single structures they most carefully merged, when their world cannibalized another.

Worlds, the worlds we perceive everyday, are supposed to be amalgams of hundred of possibilities. Every decision everyone makes causing a tiny local split, a blister, that heals as soon as it no longer matters. We swim unknowingly through them, seeing only what we believe is reality.

It takes a huge calamity to split off an entire separate universe.

Or, in the case of Helios, to rip a twelve lightyear diameter chunk out of one universe and send it hurtling across the multiverse.

"And those magnetics centers somehow force merges not the whole miniverse, but just the Helios World, with the Earth of the universe it's passing through. And Helios rips the other Earth right out of its universe and carries it along. It merges like a blister healing, but it brutally merges everything. Planet, plants animals and people. They all merge with something. And if it's not pretty damn close to the same plant, animal or person . . . they die."

He pulled out graph paper and started sketching out a map.

I may be dedicated to stopping cross dimensional wars—but in this case, sabotaging the magnetics centers is going to be really tempting.

We will prevent another merge with a populated planet.

cnmckenney on January 20th, 2018 04:11 am (UTC)
Go for it
Reasonable start for the mayhem to come.
(Anonymous) on January 20th, 2018 04:35 am (UTC)
I like it.
cnmckenney on January 20th, 2018 02:28 pm (UTC)
In addition to?
Is this in addition to or in place of the Helas meeting ?
matapampamuphoff on January 20th, 2018 02:48 pm (UTC)
Re: In addition to?
It will come before the Helios meeting.

I'm sort of reverse engineering this mess, and the first thing that jumped out at me is Helios meeting, Eldon getting his s*** together, meeting with Q explaining her model . . . meeting after meeting with little action.

Xen and Eldon need to get equal time, and Xen's parts need to be a bit more active. I need to get him out, actively spying on the Helaos.
ekuah on January 20th, 2018 04:43 pm (UTC)
It's good.
And for the reasoning of cross dimensional warfare.
What should you call it what the Helios world is doing?
Cross dimensional mass murdering? Or Cross dimensional raid?
(Anonymous) on January 20th, 2018 05:16 pm (UTC)
Worldicide, planeticide, and genocide all come to mind, as well.
(Anonymous) on January 21st, 2018 05:06 am (UTC)
Concise. focused. foreshadow of future action.
Nice Prologue.