Chapter 5: Back to the Dark Ages

The Universe is ridiculously big, but ridiculously repetitive. Far far from earth, life is evolving in quite similar patterns, and passes through the same phases evolving just slightly differently and permitting to some scenarios to get concrete. The example of the Planet Doulos is quite similar to Earth, but end up disastrously. Doulos had the same basic evolution of earth permitting to a race quite similar to the human race to evolve in the same way we did; those people passed through history and evolved to have agriculture, metallurgy, civilization, wars, and economy. Economy was the reason of their doom. The people of Doulos got really affected by this new technological tool that evolved quite quickly to become an end in itself. Through the medium of money, People of Doulos created a whole structure based on the basic motivation of amassment of currency and their whole society became obsessed by only producing new means to make money out of nothing. Paradoxically, another structure appeared on Doulos that was called the Network. The Network was a new medium of information exchange more revolutionary than the old ones privately owned and only based on the passive reception of information. The network was a user friendly interface connecting all the monitors to the global Network and making them able to create and instantly respond to information. The Network was at the basis only an experiment to see the potential of the median transfer of information through the invisible structure of the network, but its creators built something overwhelming their own goals. The network was powerful enough to handle the majority of Doulos’ population and it became a transcending way of communicating and perceiving life. Everything was good on Doulos for a few years, and then everything started to fall. The slaves of the currency became more powerful and developed new ways of acquiring much more money in less time. But the whole economic structure felt and the crisis set up in all Doulos, A crisis like the planet never had before. The crisis was radically changing the way of life of all the habitants of the planet and the big corporations and lobbies that were already controlling the basic flow of economy started to lose a lot of their assets. In a fear of Bankrupt, they started to think what can be the best investment that would get them out of troubles. A simple answer appeared. Prisons! The big corporations were losing a lot in having regular people to work for them and they needed to produce the maximum to get the economy back to its normal regime by pushing people to consume. Prisons were like golden pots where they would have free labor to produce even more products and flow the market to get people to consume again. So they all met and started to think how they could get the maximum of people in prison to generate a potentially interesting working mass. They turned to judge the network and with the old information media they decided to take it down. During that time, the continent of Kentro was the most influent in Doulos and most of the biggest corporations were set up there. They decided to attack the network from their by influencing the laws and regulations in disfavor of the network, accusing it of plagiarism and getting the direct authority to get it down. The people of the network were furious, but they weren’t organized enough. Some of them saw the fall coming and decided to flee, they were the rare one to get out of troubles; for most of the others, they just continued to use the network without caring, thinking that it was absurd that their authorities would do anything. They were so wrong, the Kentro government started the hostilities a few time before the official passage of the laws, and took down a giant of the network: Titanus. Titanus was a platform of free exchange and the Kentro government used the motive of ownership rights infringement to attack them even while they were located out of Kentro. They also took all their records and all their hardware as evidence of the fraud. People reacted hard to the news and the users of the networked started destroying the corporations’ properties on the network. It was the beginning of the first and only invisible war of Doulos: The war of the network.

Many of the corporations’ platforms on the network felt by the attack and the users though that they were winning, the Kentro government pulled down one of its laws against the network but kept others less appearing and their aim was attained. All over Doulos, other countries started adopting similar laws all in profit of the corporations. With the record of the Titanus, the Kentro government had the list of all the users that ever committed ownership rights infringements and they were a lot, more than 30% of Doulos population. With those records, and the official application of the new laws, the corporations had full right to imprison a big part of the Doulos population using them as free labor. Meanwhile, Doulos had its first contact with an outside corporation of life forms from different other planets that took an interest in what was happening there. The corporation passed laws in order to imprison all what remains of Doulos population for motives related to the network and became space businessmen directly passing laws to treat with the other races. Doulos then became a prison planet where all the partner planets were dumping their lots of criminals and misfits and they were all used as free labor for the corporations in their transactions with the other planets. The population of Doulos and the prisoners of the cohalition were making all the cheap products for the population of the other planets. Things changed eventually, but that’s another story…

Short Story Preview: Interface

The following is the introduction to a short story I’m working on currently. I will use the short story in a sci fi writing context: http://www.williamledbetter.com/contest.htm

The events of the short story are also happening in the universe of the fallen angel series, somewhere between the events of the first trilogy or The angel’s arc and the regression arc. I will post a detailed record of all the canonic arcs soon in order to make it easier to understand the whole concept and this blog’s chapters and posts.

For now here is the first part of the short story: Interface. I will maybe post the rest as well; until then, enjoy!

 

 

It is quite interesting to consider how things can change in a way we can’t expect it. During my whole life, I have been inconsiderate toward the factor of change and I have been its tool. My life was quite simple in the time and still, I wasn’t able to enjoy those moments. I’m a first generation American from a Moroccan father and a British mother; I’ve spent a clear part of my life moving from my native country and the countries of my origin, but all those travels weren’t more to me than a total pain. I never really enjoyed the road; I don’t like the feeling of wait during the long journeys. It’s ironic how some things never change, even now after all what happened, I still hate travels, or at least, the journeys. I had a quite normal childhood, my father was an electric engineer and my mother was a financial jurist. I still wonder what made them live with one another; I never really felt that they had that much in common; however, they never fought, not even once. I would not lie and say that everything was perfect in my life, far from that. When I was in high school I passed through a severe depression, I was into drugs, all kind of drugs, any drugs. And at the time, they were popping out of nowhere. The situation didn’t stay that way, having an authoritarian Moroccan father with the cold logic of engineering and a fearsome layer mother didn’t help my case. They sent me to a military college where I end up hooked to robotics. And I was skilled, so skilled that I end up working for the government before even being graduated. At 25 years old, I’ve been chosen to develop one of the major futuristic technologies, which was still under the seal of secret: The interface. We were six original team members on the project, and we were also the first ones to ever use this technology. The interface was the concrete application of a quite simple idea: what if we stopped using any kind of hardware and we used the human brain as a physical body for our virtual actions. The project was under research for decades before being forgotten in the archives, it’s only when the technology was advanced enough that a team was actually created. Lucky me, I was chosen, and I worked my heart of on the project. I designed the small hardware robots; a really small robots that was able to move autonomously and to drill their way through the tympanic membrane and all the way to the cerebral cortex. The project was a huge success; with the interface, no peace of hardware was necessary: our brains were becoming our computers. The interface was able of greatly enhancing the capacities of human memory and much more other aspects of the human mind. We even created an artificial intelligence program that was interacting directly with the interface holders. The program was called FA61524 and was designed according to the designs of one of the team member: Alphonse, a tall and strong guy with ginger hair and rare social interactions. He was the one to do most of the work on FA61524 and according to him; its personality was inspired by a great figure of the old times. History and legends weren’t really on the list of my preoccupations so I didn’t ask anything else. I still feel nostalgic to the interface, having it completely changed my vision of things. The interface was never made public though, but was only linked to an even bigger project. While we were working on the interface, many countries were cooperating to build the biggest starship ever made; the construction took fifteen years, but the result was worth it. The starship that was called Arc was as big as the island of Manhattan and was able to transport and sustain 500 000 humans in space for a virtually infinite time. The world government were wishing to spread the human race on some possible other habitable planet. The interface holders, our original team of six including me, Alphonse, Yuki a Japanese software developer, Joshua a German Neurosurgeon, Ashley a Canadian Psychologist, and Dayita an Indian biotech engineer were chosen to equip the spaceship members with interface and to rectify anything that would went wrong on board. And so we all joined the travel; once again, I was on a journey, but this time, it was a lifetime one.

 

Exclusive. Half of the Chapter 1 of the first book of the official series: The six angels’ army

I : The Run

Nothing is more terrifying than the night. For most cultures on earth, the night is the symbol of the disappearance of the light and the time of the demons. Most of those societies have developed ways of putting away their fear of the dark by putting themselves in a state of rest or as they call it sleep. But they all know in the deepest of their heart that the return of the darkness and the night itself are quite strange times.

It was in one of those moonless nights that everything started going wrong. Somewhere in some lost forest of Transylvania, a small group of people were moving quickly. The small group was composed of a man and a woman carrying a pram; and they were terrified. Their faces were pure fear as they were trying to move the fastest possible but also the quietest. Those people were no normal humans, those were lost children of the sky that have flown away from their home, running from everything and trying to keep themselves out of the devil’s eyes.

On the other side of the planet, somewhere in the most hostile region of the United States of America, more exactly in the McKenzie Ranch on the fearfully called Death Valley, two other children of the sky were running for their lives. The two individuals were way younger than the previous crowd. They were a guy and a girl in the beginning of adulthood but their faces were deformed by fear and nothing was remaining from their youth.

–          What should we do Sirius? Asked the girl while stressfully passing her hand on her white shiny hair.

–          I’m Afraid he already knows that we are here. It wasn’t a right move to come to this place knowing that his spies are all around.

–          But Sirius! We have to take the agenda, with it! We will be able to convince the council. With undeniable proofs, the archangels will stop all this madness!

Sirius suddenly stopped responding and clearly expressed to his campaigner to shush. Something was approaching really fast, he was sure about it. And the things that were coming weren’t human at all.

–          Cynthia! He’s coming! I can feel the pressure that his lone presence on this place creates. But that’s not everything! There is a demon’s infantry coming before him, they are probably 20, all level 3 chimera demons!

–          We should get ready then!

–          Agreed!

In a fraction of seconds, both the girl and the guy made a pair of wings appear on their backs. The guy’s wings were crow black while the girl’s ones were ice white. Both of them also made weapons appear in their hands as the guy was holding a long Katana and the girl was having a small round metallic shield and a silver sword.

–          The first five are coming from your left side! Cried Sirius.

Cynthia heard him just at time to move and place her shield in front of her face before it got hit by some huge claws. She jumped back then pushed herself higher in the air with a little wing movement. The two were then able to see their opponents; they were five sorts of half human half animal chimeras like the ones described in the Greek legends but all of them weren’t bigger than regular humans. Sirius went ahead and run in their direction. When he got close enough he took his katana out of its sheath and randomly sliced his opponents. His move cut the arm of one of the chimeras and opened the stomach of another. One of the three remaining chimeras tried to bite Sirius with its lion head, but before it was able to do so, Cynthia came flying and stacked her sword in the head before it attained its aim. The two were bursting with energy and they slaughtered the two remaining chimeras without any doubt or fear. The situation seemed calmer for a bit, but the two haven’t had even the time to get back their breath than the remaining chimeras were already surrounding them.

–          We can’t get out alive with normal attacks anymore. Calmly said Cynthia.

–          We just have to use our other skills then. Responded Sirius.

Cynthia braced then the air with her wing and got some altitude while Sirius started moving really fast around the chimeras.

–          Now?! Yield Cynthia.

–          NOW! Responded Sirius.

Cynthia then held her sword up and as soon as she did it, Dark Clouds began to appear. At the same time Sirius was moving so fast that he stopped being visible and just appeared as a moving shadow moving so fast that it made a sort of dark barrier holding all the chimeras. Cynthia opened then her eyes that were then completely shining and a huge thunder fell directly hitting the chimeras and instantly killing them. She then slowly got to the ground near her companion.

–          There is no more coming Sirius?

–           No. We killed all the chimeras, but I’m afraid something far far worst is coming.

–          You mean…

–          Him…

For a second, the silence laid and nothing but the silence was hearable. But then, in this strange calm a sound of shoes distinctly appeared. A simple sound of someone walking, nothing to be really afraid of; but for the two companions, their fear was at its maximum. The moon wasn’t shining on this cloudy night and from the darkness he appeared. This strange character appeared from the dark wearing a classy red costume; a handsome man with a pale face and a hair darker than the night. This apparently normal man was no one than the devil himself, the fallen archangel of the old times: Lucifer.

–          Well well well! Said the new character. Isn’t it a great night to steal some lives? I see that you already started 20 chimeras in less than 10 minutes, that’s pretty amazing I have to say.

The two companions couldn’t say anything; they were too paralyzed by his presence only.

–          I’m afraid your lives will be taken as well. He simply said. It’s the end of the road for both of you, my dear angels and others will pay with their lives as well. The night is still long and there is so much to do.

Sirius ended up losing his calm. He run as a shadow in the direction of Lucifer, with his katana out and he didn’t miss his target. Sirius sliced the head of the devil in two and got back to his position as fast as he left it. But Lucifer didn’t fall, no blood got out of his sliced head but only a sort of dark flask liquid that stayed in the air. Lucifer then started to laugh a laughter that no insane man on earth can laugh like; a laughter that freezes your blood and blows up your mind.

–          You really thought that will work? Son of Azrael! I can’t die, my body in this world is eternal, and I have lived so long that I have been dreaming of the death. Do you understand?! If I was able to die, I would leave this place to the world I belong to, but I’m cursed to an eternal exile where not even death can save me! I’ve been in this world since its very beginning when god himself has never been in sight. And this face that you ruined, do you really think that it’s my real face?

The black liquid surrounded Lucifer’s head and melted with it making to the devil a brand new face as pale as the previous one.

–          I’ve been so long in this place that I have lost my real face a long time ago. This liquid that you see enable me to take any form I want, but I’ve been alive for so long that I have forgotten what I really look like. My original self is a vestige from the past, a rotting corps in an ocean of black liquid. You have to die, children of the sky, there is no other alternative.

Lucifer moved his hand and some of the liquid surrounded the two companions and attached them to a big rock. Lucifer then clapped his other hand and two flakes of liquid formed two sharp picks that flied in front of Cynthia’s and Sirius’s faces.

–          Don’t be sad, you two will leave this world for a better one. I envy you and I wished I was in your place, but that’s the way it is.

Lucifer turned around and walked away from the stone, two screams resounded in the desert and blood splashed on Lucifer’s costume. The blood melted with the costume and became a part of its red while the black liquid surrounded Lucifer and he disappeared in the night as suddenly as he appeared.