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FTS VII - The Summons - Part B
Part VII - The Summons - Section B
Location: Central Church, Planet Nilux, Somewhere in Antarean Space.
One day after the death of the First Sward
Roderis, lost in thought, walked swiftly down the gilded marble hallways of Central Church. It was only a little more then half a day since Cardinal Jona, the highest ranking Second Sward, had confirmed the death of the First Sward. The church was now in chaos. The scheduled meeting of the Assembly of Swards had been canceled and the contestants to the post of First Sward were on campaign. Cardinal Roderis knew that he should be talking to the other Third Swards, gaining their support for his ascension. But he was not worried about the Third Swards, before the Church had been closed to outside communication (as tradition dictated) they all had heard of the riots of the Faithful demanding Roderis's assertion. There was one whose support could be far more valuable. The only contesting Second Sward besides Jona, Cardinal Phil Grem
FTS -VII- The Summons - Part A
Part VII - The Summons - Section A
Location: Slipstream 5A, Argula System, Antarean Space, United League of Planets Territory - District 2, Sub-District 5.
10 minutes after the death of the First Sward.
Sivon watched with amusement as the Chamber of Assembly in Central Church exploded into chaos. Roderis would no doubt be furious if he knew Sivon had planted a spy-eye on him, but Sivon would be dammed if he did otherwise. He had watched the previous proceedings with something approaching satisfaction. Roderis had done an excellent job inserting doubt into the opposition and quickly gaining allies.
Now the entire chamber rushed to the First Swards chambers, but Roderis stopped them. He grabbed Jona by the shoulders and shouted. "Wait, we cannot delay."
"What- what are you talking about?" Jona said in distracted confusion.
"Every minute that this Church is headless increases our vulnerability! You are the highest ranking Sward here. You must broadcast The Summons to recall
FTS Part VI - Return
Part VI - Return
Location: The Central Church of Ios, Planet Nilux, somewhere in Antarean Space.
Roderis slammed open the door of Central Church. Behind him was a shouting crowd of supporters, waving signs and torches. Roderis made the signal to stop the noise and stepped inside. "Hello."
Cardinal Jona was the foremost of a group of Cardinals waiting just behind the threshold. "Welcome back," he sneered.
A younger Cardinal who Roderis didn't recognize stepped forward and spoke with a crisp accent. "That was a good show! I haven't seen such a play since I was an adjunct. I'd say we don't need to worry about our troubles with the city any longer. "
Jona silenced the man with a stare. It was obvious that he controlled the room, even the three others wearing the robes of Second Sward seemed to defer to him. "We were doing quite well without you."
"Yes, I've been told of your cowardly half-measures to return the Emperor to his rightful place." Roderis turned to the crowd and then to
FTS Part V - Flames
Part V - Flames
Location: Main Street, Prime City, Planet Nilux, Somewhere in Antarean Space
Prime City was in flames. Cardinal Jona, the Second Sward in charge of the Church of Ios's dealings with the city, was not pleased. Jona was a big believer in stealth. It had been his idea to keep Planet Nilux filled mostly with unbelievers. After all, no one would look for The Church of Ios in a planet where very little of the population believed in the Emperor-Spirits. Unfortunately that had turned against him. Cardinal Roderis was using the planets population to make one, huge, burning statement.
When his agents had informed him of Roderis's escape Jona petitioned the Assembly of Swards to use the Church's resources to track him down and kill him once and for all. Yet he had been alarmingly surprised to discover that an anonymous Cardinal was supporting Roderis. He had then had a stroke of luck. Roderis's ship had made a transmission that had allowed Jona to track the ship and set up
FTS Part IV - Rough Landings
Part IV - Rough Landings
Location: Prime City Landing Port, Planet Nilux, Somewhere in Antarean Space
With a puff of smoke and exhaust the StarShip Meditation touched down on it's landing pad to the applause of a huge crowd.
Sivon had made his way back to the landing pad just in time to see the SS Meditation touch down. as he skirted the edge of the crowd he spotted something odd. He looked closer. One man was fighting against the crowd of people, trying to go against the flow and move away from the now disembarking Roderis. Rushing quietly forward Sivon read the markings of the man's black and red Church robes. He was an adjunct to Second Sward Jona, the cardinal who hated Roderis the most and who was the one Cardinal who advocated that Roderis be executed instead of exiled. Alarmed, Sivon rushed forward, grabbing the man by his sleeve. "What are you doing here?"
The adjunct shook off Sivon's hand. "How dare you touch a priest of Ios? Unhand me! Do you know who I am?"
FTS Part III - Port in Storm
Part III - Port in Storm
Location: Low Orbit of Planet Nilux, Somewhere in Antarean space.
"I'm quite pleased that your mistake was of no consequence," Sivon congratulated Captain Gammen in a less then complimentary tone of voice. "You are to maintain low orbit until you are given authorization to land. You will follow your instructions to the letter. When the passenger disembarks and you launch I will transmit payment information. Now," Sivon continued in a slow stilted tone, as if talking to a child. "Do you understand?"
"Yes." the captain replied. He hoped that by saying the absolute minimum he could possibly escape this meeting without the threat of bodily harm.
"Now, I will be departing on a shuttle pod to ensure our arrival goes smoothly. I will continue to monitor you however. Do not displease me." Taking the captain's nod as an affirmative, Sivon strode out of the room towards the launch bay.
Normally civilian transports would not have any ships aboard beside the normal
FTS Part II-Transient Thoughts
Part II - Transient Thoughts
Location: Civilian Transport StarShip Meditation - Subspace
Sivon stared with unchecked incredulity at Captain Jerico Gammen. "You did what?"
"Look," Gammen replied sharply. "Do you know what happens if this ship were to malfunction is subspace? I can tall yah, it ain't a pretty picture."
"I don't care about your 'pictures,' pretty or otherwise. You were under strict orders and paid extra to keep this trip secret. Now you tell me that you've signaled the local outpost that you've gone into subspace and exactly at what time you will be exiting it?"
"They don't know the direction or location or anything of that sort." Gammen countered. "I tell yah, you got no worries."
Sivon pushed his face close to the captains, so that they were almost nose to nose. "If there is a welcome committee when we exit subspace, it'll be your neck."
The pot-bellied captain gulped and didn't move until Sivon's slim form had left his sight.
Roderis frowned at the screen i
For The Spirits Part I
Part I - Damnation is Not Enough.
Location: Talnos IV, the periphery of Antarean Space, United League of Planets Territory - Distract 2, Sub-district 13.
"You cannot lay down any longer! Do you see the squalor and danger around you? Do you see what enemies of the Emperor have caused? Can you not understand that your very lack of reverence is only making things worse?!" At the corner of the dirty street Exiled Cardinal Antony Roderis shouted out his sermon, but few people paid attention. The ones who did stop to listen were more attracted to the fiery fever within his light blue eyes then his speech. "Does this United League of Planets pay homage to the spirits of the Emperors? Do they give the Antarean people respect?" He pointed to a woman passing by, "What do they do for you?!"
"Even the Emperor's very aides confuse and trick him, for this they shall all be dammed for an eternity, along with all non-believers. But damnation is not enough! The spirits of Emperors past, present
Search Word - Valuables
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Cloak was a professional thief, the best there was. It had been no surprise that the man had wanted to hire him. What had been a surprise was the larger then normal offer and the exotic local: an offshore secret military base, under Venice's waterways.
Upon arrival, Cloak examined his surroundings. The most interesting part of the entrance cannel was the device that kept Venice at its best, the huge mobile dam (or floodgate) whose tip was just beneath the service. Cloak had thoroughly researched his surroundings, as he always did, and he knew that in times of flooding, which were coming faster as the global warming raised world temperatures, a computer system would raise
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