Written by Civ2buf
536112.00 Teracycles since emergence
(.1 years terran = 3.12
Zexlak thought, and whether it is his thought or the
energy of another Cryslonites' thought is irrelevant. The thought rippling
through the Imperium at lightspeed and faster was chopped up into megahertz rate
pulses and fed into everyone, cycling back into itself as it met itself and
before a second had passed the system found thought stability for a moment, and
went on to another issue. With every nanosecond gap all the crystals thought
alone for an instant, only to be slammed back to collective again by another
The first thought was that Zexlak was somehow a
malfunctioning crystal by being a first one, though that oddity had been solved
merely 3 seconds ago, but another Crystal thought the question again, and the
rebuttal came, which was that Zexlak was merely slightly specialized for dealing
with organic infestations. Words can not show what the rebuttal said about his
specialty in any detail.
The Imperium constantly continued this
collective averaging of individual relapses, all while the physical work of the
crystals continued, with energy being reformed and used and collected and
The group of Crystals within a light second of Zexlak
continued the thoughts related to his title, repeatedly, while more distant
members only had an occasional comment from the far side of the emergence
Zexlaks thoughts went to new fast communications methods that were
being used for those Crystals outside of the great pull of the emergence world.
Responses indicated that the Crystals exploring the newly found portals were not
diverging much from the collective thought, so long as the communications
Crystals had placed these new devices at each portal, and in
orbit of each of the solids oscillating about the sunworld.
Zexlak and a
cadre of nearby crystals were also using subconsious synch to analyze and
estimate the probability of organic infestations and other emergence
The Cryslonite had immediately rejected the idea that any other
world could bring forth the greatness of the Cryslonite. The only other gaseous
concentration known was the SunWorld which provided great amounts of energy.
Throughout time, groups of Cryslonite had shared thoughts of the great mostly
untapped power of the sun, the great energy of it was felt on a visceral level
by the Cryslonite, it vibrated every molecule of a Crystal to dream of
inhabiting the SunWorld itself and sensing its every emanation. But every
Crystal making the trek to SunWorld had expired. Only one world could support
such a species as the Cryslonite, the world that was a cradle till the day the
SunWorld received its long awaited guests.
The Cryslonite believed
unanimously that it was their great destiny to inhabit SunWorld someday, and
that formed the only thing that could be called a religion among the Cryslonite.
There were a great many fervors amoung the Cryslonites, as fervors had a way of
overpowering weaker thought waves, but the Pilgrimage of Brilliance to the
SunWorld was most fervent, and it had the most aspects of a religious nature.
The nature of the collective ensured that the Crystalline Religion would always
hold sway among the Cryslonite.
The great thought shook through Zexlak as
it did through all others. Zexlak contemplated that this great thought appeared
almost once every hundred cycles, while thoughts of his own oddity appeared only
every twenty thousand cycles or so.
The greatness of our goal must
dominate our thoughts, this thought came from outside of Zexlak, and then he was
in synch and contemplating the greatness of the Religion.
Research was a
default state of sorts for the Cryslonite, so long as it did not marr the Holy.
Solid Containers were being used to keep supplies in the same locations as the
explorers as they found and investigated the portals. Solid Containers also
brought pilgrims to the periphery of the sun for the final stages of the
Pilgrimage of Brilliance. But Cryslonite in general preferred to be the only
solids amidst a gaseous environment. Solid containers were claustrophobic for
inhabitants, and every thought of the inhabitants became a thought of the
collective, and so it was decided to try to make containers bigger lessening
this pain and fear.
Zexlak knew that in solid containers would be the
only way to travel through the portals.
On the far side of the emergence
world from Zexlak, a Crystal that infestations may desire to call Kruzk had a
thought, along with his nearby cadre, that the Crystals could calculate a bit
more about chemical properties, thus allowing greater manipulations among the
solids, liquids and gasses surrounding the SunWorld, and the solids used by the
Kruzk reasoned that any infestations due to be wiped out
could very well try to attack the weak containers, and unless they could be
strengthened against such horrors, it would not take much for the container to
Four tiny shuttle sized containers existed currently, three of
them used for the pilgrimage and one used for searching for and investigating
the portals. But already Cryslonite knew how to build containers that could fit
100 kilotons of solid mass. A brief divergence of thought from a subsequently
shattered Crystal, had brought up container plans to inhabit worlds other than
SunWorld, this was anathema, and no emergence worlds could exist, as Zexlaks
team had already concluded and transmitted.
But plans for an even bigger
container to be built were accepted by the collective, and by teracycle
536114.78 (a mere two teracycles since the research began) the collective
Imperium knew how to make even bigger containers.
Despite the supposed
impossibility of finding other emergence worlds, and despite a large amount of
clashes among thought waves in the collective, it was decided to find out where
the portals went. Plans were to do this in another 10 teracycles at the
(Translators' note: Reports that the life expectancy of
Cryslonite is around 5 years are based exclusively on the fact of the Sun
Pilgramage that all Cryslonite take eventually, and almost universally shatter
from. If they don't shatter from it because they refused to go through with it,
it means they return as excommunicates and are shattered then. If a Cryslonite
ever survived on SunWorld, that individual would gain no accolades, instead the
greatness the victor experienced would reverberate throughout Cryslonite
civilization, and many members would shatter just from the thought pulse of such
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Written by Civ2buf
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Published on: 2004-04-11 (11054 reads)[ Go Back ] - [ Fan Fiction ] - [ Content Home ]