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« Existence » is a novel that chronicles a fictional story of the Creation and of the destiny of mankind. Through a delicious cocktail mixing science-fiction, political intrigue, affairs of state, espionage, terrorism, wars, religions, spirituality and romance, the series present an extraterrestrial civilization similar to human society but which (extraterrestrial civilization) differs strongly from it (human society) in several key aspects.
Full of suspense and twists, « Existence » is a long and exciting journey taking place through time and across several worlds, travel during which the happy and privileged readers will be transported in exhilarating escapist moments, which travel will also perhaps sometimes get embellished with subjects for thought or meditation.
« Existence » attempts to provide some answers to fundamental questions about certain religious beliefs and principles, issues that are most often the subject of intense controversies between followers of different beliefs or ideologies.
The story is composed of several volumes. The current document contains only the chapters 2 and 3 of the first volume, which volume is entitled « the Calm before the Storm ». It should however be noticed that the French version of the whole first volume is already available online under the title « Chiens de Faïence ».
One should finally keep in mind that the story is first of all a work of science-fiction. It will therefore be expected that most of the scientific concepts and technologies that are mentioned in it diverge quite sharply from what is currently considered as reality and truth, or even from the reality and the truth in short.
One more thing. I sincerely apologize in advance for my English language writing skills that might appear every so often somewhat weak for many readers.
The early parts of the story can be found at the following URL:
Raavex, Space Exploration Centre of Elvyn. The state of surprise and shock that took hold of Elvyn and Whezan gradually seemed to vanish, making way for some reflections about the solutions to the problems aroused by the facts they just discovered. Whezan, who had her hands crossed behind her back, was this time standing near one of the stained-glass windows located between the abstract art paintings, which made her have a splendid view of the small beautiful town of Raavex. She was perhaps seeking to soften the shock she just received with a much more enjoyable scene. Elvyn, who had his legs crossed and laid on the table, almost lying down in his seat, and having his head slightly bent backwards, was unceasingly staring at the CVM screen that was in front of him while playing with his MPU. He indeed exercised frequent pressures on the central button of the latter, which made appear and disappear at a constant frequency a straight white light beam. This one emanated from the MPU and always hit the same point on the screen. And he precisely seemed to gaze at this point. Was it a particular concentration technique that was purported to make him think better or a way of escaping the effects of the shock he just underwent? He was probably the only one to know that. They kept these respective attitudes for about fifteen minutes, until Whezan showed more enterprising. As if she suddenly had a flash of inspiration, she started to walk toward Elvyn, pull up abruptly the seat on which she was previously sat before she stood up, and almost fell onto it to get finally seated anew. She looked at Elvyn while telling him some words, which, with no doubt, were purported to make them take some decisions as soon as possible: « Let’s do something! » She said.
These words did not seem to have any effect on Elvyn. The latter still kept the same attitude and didn’t react in any way at Whezan’s suggestion. Was it because he was really struggling to recover from the shock he underwent? Or was it because his reflections were not yet leading him to any valuable solution? Be that has it may, this attitude seemed to have led Whezan to think that it was maybe her responsibility to be more enterprising for some obvious reasons: since the split of the Kingdom, she was one of the few Zionists who suspected that a greater danger was looming; and she was apparently the only Zionist who, unbeknownst to all, decided to carry out some investigations in order to gather information that could confirm her apprehension; and finally, she was the one who designed the technology, certainly, not radically innovative, but that allowed to get all the information they just collected. She then started to make some proposals to Elvyn:
« Look, I…I’ve decided that, first… » She stammered. She stopped speaking when they both, in telepathic way, perceived the presence of some individuals within the space exploration center. Thing that appeared to have drawn Elvyn from his “quasi-hypnosis” state.
« It must be a few explorers, users of the center, and some of my colleagues. Wait a minute! I’m coming back. » He said.
Thereupon, Elvyn stood up and got out of the room. He was back five to ten minutes later with three other persons, then immediately started to make the usual introductions:
« I’d like to introduce some of my colleagues, Lhee, Aurxyll and Lydia. » Elvyn expressed himself, speaking to Whezan, which one stood up in the meantime, and referring respectively to each of his three employees.
« I suppose you already… » Elvyn tried to speak anew. But he was this time stopped by Aurxyll, when he was apparently about to introduce Whezan to his assistants.
« You don’t need it. Hi Whezan! » Aurxyll said, holding out his hand to Whezan by way of greeting. Whezan replied to the greeting and Aurxyll’s gesture was followed by similar gestures from the other colleagues of Elvyn. After completing the introductions, Elvyn resumed speaking, addressing his colleagues:
« Right, listen… there is some urgency that’s rushing me and I would … » He was once again interrupted, this time by Lydia:
« Oh come on! It is clear that all ingredients are gathered to justify some vacation. Hundred thousand years, it’s not really dirt cheap! Am I not right, guys? » Lydia said, while smiling.
These words led the five characters to laugh and immediately brought a reaction from Whezan.
« No, beware! What you’re most likely thinking about is far from being true. » She said, leading so Elvyn to react in turn:
« For me you will hardly imagine how much I would have hoped that what you’re precisely feeling be real. » He said.
They all laughed again after these words from Elvyn. Whezan and Elvyn took subsequently their leave of the three employees of the latter. They went first in the main hall of the space exploration center. They then agreed on the ideal place where they could carry on the discussion about the information revealed by the microprobes. They eventually found themselves in a sort of natural park located on the outskirts of the city of Raavex. They sat there on a tree trunk. As it was since the beginning of the discussion in the space exploration center, Elvyn then took care to activate with its MPU an acoustic screen to turn off potential sound micro-sensors that would be in their surroundings. This activation also had the effect of preventing any sound wave originating from them from spreading beyond a certain distance. He immediately opened the conversation, while also taking care to secure his telepathic portal.
« I think we should inform as soon as possible the highest authorities, as I really don’t see what else we could do. » Elvyn asserted.
« I’ve been thinking about this option but … » Whezan tried to react, but she was interrupted by Elvyn who immediately spoke again:
« Yes I know that there is necessarily a risk. It may well happen that they don’t believe in us immediately. They will maybe want to first check the soundness of the methods used to gain access to the information, then trigger a procedure to set up a team that would be entrusted to inspect the places that are the subject of suspicion and yada yada yada. Things that could possibly create a leakage of information towards some Arian authorities. The latter will finally have the possibility and the time to clear the most significant traces and build a number of fallacious arguments. Not to mention probable risk of informational decoherence. But what else can we do? What do you suggest? »
It is important here to pause in order to clarify a few things. It is a fact that the Monarch of Elohis is regarded by his subjects as an omnipotent (all-powerful) and omniscient (all-knowing) being. This information, seen in relation to the way the story unfolded up until, might suggest real paradoxes or make believe in a kind of pure game that the King would take pleasure to indulge in through the events affecting his world and his subjects. But this is not the case at all. It was a time in fact, early in the history of the elohian people (a period when Elohis had only just under ten thousand inhabitants), where some Elohim seemed to have particular problems with the notions of omnipotence and omniscience of the Monarch. But these ones were immediately instructed by their fellow citizens. It turns out that these Elohim defined omnipotence as the absolute ability to do everything and omniscience as a characteristic of a being that leads this one to know necessarily and absolutely everything in real time. This perception of omniscience and omnipotence then effectively posed some problems. Leaving aside the fact that this definition of omnipotence is a real paradox on a purely conceptual level, it strongly conflicts with the concept of omniscience as specified.
If it was indeed given to a living being endowed with reason and thought to know necessarily and absolutely everything in real time, this being would therefore know absolutely everything in real time whether he will or not. And then this would pose a problem at his omnipotence, as he (the being in question) would not have the ability to allow himself to know certain things much later than the moment at which they happen, or even to help outright from knowing these things. Also as we said, the very omnipotence, as some Elohim had to define it, posed a real conceptual problem. Can an omnipotent living being cease to exist, for example, die for a while, and come back later to existence by the help of his own will and ability? Obviously not, because death, as it is defined, entails that one be unable to do anything. It is thus seen that the definitions of omnipotence and omniscience as conceived by some Elohim, early in the history of the elohian civilization, was absolutely wrong.
What did the Elohim then mean by the omnipotence and omniscience of their King? In the understanding of an Eloha, his king is omnipotent in that he has the ability to do an immeasurable number of things in relation to the power each of his subjects is endowed with, especially in light of factors that link more or less directly with the welfare of the elohian people or any other people that might exist somewhere else in the megavers. Omniscience is defined as the ability to know an immeasurable number of things, either in real time or not, and always in relation to the welfare of the elohian people and any other possible people. It is therefore absolutely clear that for an Eloha, the omnipotence and omniscience of his King did not really assume an absolute power and an absolute real-time knowledge of all that is likely to unfold in the entire megavers. The omnipotence and omniscience are rather considered in relative terms. It is relatively to the knowledge and power each Eloha is endowed with and that would be given to any other possible living being in the megavers that His Majesty is seen as all-powerful and all-knowing.
Some examples could better illustrate all these explanations. A teacher could be heard addressing his students in these terms: « did everybody do the exercise I asked? » Or one can hear a person exclaiming this way: « This show swarmed with people! It really was a huge success! I believe that the whole town was there! ». In the first example, the context clearly shows that the teacher, speaking of “everybody”, does not refer to the whole set of living beings endowed with reason that could exist in the physical universe known by the science of his time. That “everybody” simply refers to all the students the teacher is addressing. Similarly, when an Eloha talks of an omnipotent and omniscient king, this is in reference to what is given to every Eloha to possess as ability and knowledge, and essentially to all factors contributing to the well-being of an Eloha and any other living being. In the second example we’re simply dealing here with a rhetoric figure, a hyperbole used to emphasize the very high level of the number of people who went to the concert. The omnipotence and omniscience of His Majesty is then a kind of hyperbole used to stress the immeasurable nature of the power and the knowledge he’s endowed with. As the language is everywhere what it is, with its rules, rhetoric figures, its overtones or insinuations, and its quirks, the Elohim then got used to treat their King as omniscient and omnipotent, and that finally couldn’t pose any problem to potential philosophers, logicians, grammarians and erudite spiritualists who would be among them.
Another feature of Elohis should then be noticed, still about His Majesty and the notions of omnipotence and omniscience. It has already been pointed out besides. It in fact frequently happens that the Monarch helps doing or knowing certain things he can yet do or know, or refrains from doing or knowing these things in a certain way. To understand this, one should simply get acquainted with the idea that in many ways, we humans are like the Elohim and their King. We are endowed with reason as they are. We have feelings, like them too. We tend to make our choices in order to increase our well-being, improve our state of satisfaction, it is the same for the Elohim. One difference between them and us can be found in the fact that some of the factors that contribute significantly to the increasing of their well-being can exercise no effect, or even have a negative impact on our well-being. So Adonaye, to increase his well-being and that of his subjects, established principles and rules to which he himself is subject. It is according to these rules and laws that he doesn’t use excessively or wrongly his power and knowledge, but rather let most frequently his subjects to show great initiative, even in situations that may be of some urgency and some seriousness to our eyes. It is according to these same rules that he created his subjects so that they be endowed with a faculty that leads them to make choices according to their own will, which faculty he called “free will”. Bizarre! Some might perhaps say. Yes, it will appear strange to many of us for two main reasons.
First, our intelligence and our extremely limited knowledge do not allow us to perceive the ultimate goals pursued by His Majesty in behaving so, and therefore to make a proper analysis that may lead us to better judge his behavior. We will see later some of these ultimate goals that could explain this attitude of the King. Second, most of us will find this attitude of Adonaye rather strange simply because we don’t have the same nature as the Elohim and their King. Why does the pig feel satisfaction in wallowing in mud, consuming rubbish, while a human being totally disgusts these things? The only answer we can give to this question is that a human and a pig are not of the same nature. And that’s all!
Now let’s come back to our two characters. There were a few minutes of silence after the last question of Elvyn to Whezan. Something that could strike one as she had some difficulties to unveil to Elvyn the option she was considering in the light of the problem. She began thereafter to stammer a few words, probably taking care to lock her telepathic portal to Elvyn, so that the latter could not catch against her will what she was hardly trying to tell him.
« I … we could … well, ok listen … yes, I think you’re right. We must inform them. » She finally declared.
But did one really need to be a Prince or a Son to guess the other option that she seemed to suggest? Had Elvyn understood what Whezan wanted to turn to while seeming not to know it? Maybe yes maybe no. Anyway, Elvyn spoke again by using words which clearly showed that they appeared to have both understood the need to act quickly.
« Who to contact? The Royal Palace? The office of the Voxpringh? The DEEL ? The DPM ? Or the DATE ? And who to contact exactly within these organisms? » Elvyn questioned.
« There is not to prevaricate on this. Given the nature of the problem we must immediately contact Ben Gouryhaune. » Whezan said.
« OK! As you wish. So can we go for it? » Elvyn reacted again.
« Yes. We’ve already wasted time enough. » Whezan replied.
Thereupon, Whezan and Elvyn both stood up to head for the nearest teleportation booth. Hours later, another place, another setting. Private residence of Ben Gouryhaune in Ferrhanau, a town that is located a thousand kilometers far from Gotthampolis. Situated on a hill overhanging the city, the splendor of this area of about 300,000 square yards was very far from reflecting the shocks that the master of the house and Ben Zehdong had just received. Zehdong is an Asian racial type Elohy who works at the DEEL as the deputy of Gouryhaune. There were four persons, Elvyn, Whezan, Gouryhaune and Zehdong, standing before a kind of glazed screen that was about four yards high by five and a half yards in length. This screen was apparently about to give a verdict. With a rather inscrutable look, a look that seemed striving to conceal an anxiety he was in the grip of, Gouryhaune was manipulating some objects that were placed on a table that was standing between them and the screen, at eight meters from the latter. But let’s notice that the way he welcomed the new seemed to show that he had been more or less expecting something like this. His last action triggered a process that made a kind of gray cylindrical rod get out of the table, just in front of him. When the rod reached approximately the level of his chin, its growth stopped and a cubic shape appeared at its end. That cubic shape was about 60 cubic inches and had a transparent glass appearance. He finally addressed Whezan while holding out his hand.
« Pass me your microprobes ball please. » He asked to her.
« I really don’t know if I have to hope that the tests be positive or not. » Whezan said while meeting Gouryhaune’s request.
Whezan held to Gouryhaune a spherical object. The diameter of this one was about two centimeters and it had a transparent glass appearance. Gouryhaune caught the ball and placed it on the cubic shape. The latter immediately sucked up the ball. The microprobes ball was finally floating round the center of gravity of the cubic form. He then exerted a pressure on one of the keys of a sort of keyboard that was integrated to the table. The screen lit up immediately, and one could see, with a maximum of details, something that looked like the internal and external architecture of a device that must surely be one of the microprobes. They all began to scrutinize very carefully the image, while revolving it in different directions by using the keys incorporated in the table. This observation was not performed without comments.
« It seems to have no significant defects. » Zehdong noticed.
« Apparently. But a 3DI view would have been better. » Gouryhaune somewhat nuanced.
« I can assure you that I made a thousand checks before putting them into service. » Whezan said, apparently trying so to remove traces of doubt she seemed to foresee through Gouryhaune’s words, concerning the quality of her microprobes. This led Elvyn to make some clarifications:
« That’s Ok! Nevertheless, some damage can occur during their operation. Although the probability that it be so is void if the tests carried out upstream are really flawless. And I’m convinced that the secrecy surrounding your mission didn’t allow you to solicit more expert skills or to use tools usually recommended in this area. Am I wrong? » Elvyn spoke.
« No, that’s obvious. » Whezan replied. « The intuition that prompted me about these discoveries was so strong that for me these investigations were to be carried out with an extreme urgency. So I might have forgotten to meet certain standards. » She went.
« One should however admit that although I speak like that, I’m starting to be convinced, in light of what I see, that no test will be likely to reveal any defect. » Elvyn reacted again, apparently trying to reassure Whezan. Elvyn made a short pause, and then started a secure telepathic communication with Whezan, as if he wanted to make sure of being grasped only by the latter:
« And do not believe that through these last words I’m trying to haggle anything. » He said.
These last words from Elvyn suddenly diverted Whezan’s attention to him. She began to stare at him, while looking both smiling and astonished. She kept that attitude for a few seconds until some words coming from Zehdong brought her attention back to the screen.
« I think it’s time to let the computer give its verdict. » The latter declared.
« Yes you’re right » Gouryhaune responded.
Gouryhaune pressed once again a key on the keyboard. The image on the screen got then immediately reduced to the upper left corner, so that it finally occupied an area measuring not more than one quarter of square meter. The bulk of the screen was subsequently occupied by an array of multiple rows and columns. Only the first line of the table and the lines of the first column contained some inscriptions. The cells of the table that didn’t contain any registration began later to change of color. They began turning from blackish to green. First the cells of the same line, then the cells of the next line. When all the cells of the table turned green, Whezan had a sigh of relief. Thing that immediately led Gouryhaune to speak:
« It’s still too soon to rejoice! » He said, as a request for more precaution.
« Now what? » Whezan asked, seeming not to quite grasp the necessity of the whole checking process that was underway.
This reaction of Whezan finally forced a light and brief smile out of Gouryhaune. This one started then to address her:
« I fully understand your concern and your impatience, and please do not think I don’t share them. Just remember that we must act so as not to inflame the situation by giving potential alibis to the other side … »
Gouryhaune was immediately interrupted by Whezan:
« Well, ok I understand. So how many millennia does it still remain before we take a decision? » She said sarcastically, looking eventually really weary of all this battery of tests.
After these words from Whezan, Gouryhaune kept silent while performing some manipulations that were purported to put on standby mode the various components of the tester. After his last operation, the microprobes ball of Whezan got transferred out of the cubic form and landed up on its top side. He recovered the ball, and the cubic form vanished. Then the rod was sucked by the table. When the rod disappeared completely, he crouched slightly on the table by leaning his hands on it, with a fist closed on the ball and looking downwards, almost gazing into space, as if he was specifically thinking about something. This attitude led the three other Elohim to stare at him, while probably thinking that there were some aspects of the problem that they had not yet seen. At the end of the moment of silence, which lasted about thirty seconds, he straightened up, put his left hand on the right shoulder of Whezan. He began to speak again while staring in the eyes of the latter and still wearing a straight look, seeming searching to reassure her anyway.
« The problem is not so much at the level of the tests. We can finalize them in a few tens of minutes in my residence of Symph-Tra. » He said
He turned then his gaze to Zehdong.
« I think at this stage we’ll already have to take a number of decisions at our level and I’m certainly not intending to do that alone. » He said again, striking one as he was specifically speaking to Zehdong.
He paused a few seconds, having his hands in the pockets of his trousers and looking straight ahead. Then he spoke again, heading this time towards a circular table that was in the room where the test was carried out, a few steps from where the four Elohim were standing.
« Let’s sit down. We still deserve a minimum of comfort. » He said.
Following this invitation from Gouryhaune, they all sat on chairs that were placed around the table. Once seated, Elvyn was the first to speak:
« I’m afraid that what we know up to now about this whole problem is only the tip of the iceberg of information that you seem to have. » The latter remarked.
« Not at all! It is just that there are details that will have to be ruled before we carry on the test. » Gouryhaune reassured.
Gouryhaune paused once again, finally striking one as he did not know at all how to explain to the others something that was so preoccupying him. Thing that eventually seemed to exacerbate a little Whezan, pushing her to react with a shred of nervousness in her voice:
« But come on then! If it’s so important you will sooner or later have to disclose it. So why not do it right away so that we move quickly to the next steps? » She almost got herself be carried away by anger.
Thereupon, Gouryhaune and Zehdong gazed at each other, in a way that could make one have the impression that the latter had finally understood what the former wanted to turn to, and that the former was looking for an agreement of the latter to join the two other persons to a discussion they were about to strike up. This moment lasted about a handful of seconds. Thereafter, Zehdong nodded, as if he was giving the green light to Gouryhaune. This one then started to speak again, heading this time his look towards Elvyn and Whezan:
« Listen friends. What you need to know right now is that if the tests prove conclusive, they are apparently about to be so, the probability that the Royal Palace, once kept informed of the case, decide to inspect the suspected premises without the consent of the Intellectualists is almost zero … »
Gouryhaune was immediately interrupted by Whezan:
« That’s all we need! » She exclaimed, while almost collapsing onto her seat, visibly expressing so some disappointment.
This reaction of Whezan was followed by words coming from Elvyn, which one neither appeared less surprised and disappointed:
« It’s even worse than what we surmised. What do we have to do then? » Elvyn Questioned, triggering thus immediately new words from Gouryhaune:
« I’m just coming to that. To say that it’s worse than what you’ve conjectured is not entirely accurate … »
Elvyn resumed speaking anew, interrupting Gouryhaune:
« Oh yes, I know. Roussist theory and all the alike. I’ve just become emotional. » He said.
Thereupon, Gouryhaune spoke anew:
« Speaking of Roussist theory, I’ve just made a rapid assessment of the situation using some tools of this theory. And what I’ve said earlier regarding the possible decisions of the King are among the results that I’ve got. But these decisions will only be optimal under the new circumstances that will prevail and that will result from the fact that the King is informed of the situation. Also according to my calculations, there are therefore “non-conscious decisions” of Adonaye that prove to be much more optimal than the “conscious decision” he will take once he is kept informed of the case, what with the Informational Decoherence and all. We then have to perceive these “non-conscious decisions” of Adonaye to act according to them without informing the King if possible … »
Gouryhaune was again interrupted by Whezan:
« Sessions of UTC. We really need them. But for how long? A day? Two days? One week? » She asked, striking one as she understood what Gouryhaune meant:
« I suggest one day of UTC. But that’s really twenty-four hours entirely devoted to UTC. » Zehdong spoke.
Zehdong however said these words while wearing a particularly thoughtful look, which look he’d seemed to be wearing for a few minutes. And that ended up attracting Whezan’s attention. The latter spoke after Zehdong, appearing to speak particularly to the latter:
« It would be better that everyone can as soon as possible share with all of us possible problems he might have. The slightest mistake can be quite dangerous, considering the nature of the discoveries we’ve made. »
Whezan ceased talking but she still kept staring at Zehdong. Gouryhaune and Elvyn began to stare at Zehdong too. After a brief moment of silence, this one started to react:
« I’ve been having a strange apprehension for several minutes. It’s about the confidentiality that is supposed to surround the information we’ve discovered. I think we should be very careful in the selection of the persons who are supposed to be informed. It’s not here only a matter of informational decoherence or any lack of vigilance on the part of those who will be informed. The problem is deeper than that and this is what seems strange to me. It seems to me that it’s possible that a Zionist authority is really an Arian infiltrated agent. »
Gouryhaune, Whezan and Elvyn suddenly looked amazed following Zehdong’s words. There was once again a moment of silence, and all made do with staring at Zehdong, certainly waiting for the latter be more explicit. But why such a surprise for a fact which, in principle, should be quite plausible all the same? This is simply due to the fact that the citizenship verification process performed by the Super Computer was normally marred by no uncertainty. Zehdong, finally realizing perhaps all the implications of what he’d just said, started to speak again, with some discomfort and trying to be a little more reassuring:
« Yes I see. One should however notice that it happened to me several times to have false premonitions. But the nature of the information discovered still requires the maximum of precaution on our part, and I think at least that we should not forget that. As for the rest, you should perhaps forget what I’ve just said. »
After these last words from Zehdong, the three other Zionists briefly glanced at one another, having some looks always marred by an ounce of surprise. Then Gouryhaune started speaking:
« We should however have to neglect no detail and consider any kind of possibility. Just as a precaution, we will have to make a number of checks at the process and evaluation tools for citizenship. Thereupon we’re going to end the meeting here. Let each of us take a day of UTC so that we meet again later to carry on the discussion. » Gouryhaune concluded, ending the meeting.
The four Elohim separated few minutes later after these words from Gouryhaune. But what Elohim mean by “conscious decisions” and “non-conscious decisions” of His Majesty or any other Eloha? The “center of decision” or brain of an Eloha in general, but specifically of Adonaye, constantly abounds in a certain amount of information. While a part of this information is fully disclosed to the conscience of the Eloha, the other part is not but only has the potentiality of being so. The concepts of “consciousness” and “subconscious” then seem to exist relatively to the psyche of an Eloha. By the term “conscious decisions”, one means the decisions made by an Eloha as part of solving a problem, which decisions and problem are fully disclosed to his conscience. But most of the time, information relating to the problems Adonaye is unaware are present in his “subconscious”. And solutions for the resolution of these problems are also present in this “subconscious”. It is these solutions that are called “non-conscious decisions.”
However, “non-conscious decisions” are not necessarily those he would take if the problem came to be revealed to his conscience, simply because the problem is not necessarily the same as he is informed of it or not . The fact that he is informed of a given problem can automatically generate other related issues that are not necessarily perceived by the other Elohim but which could cause that the consciously taken decisions strongly deviate from “non-conscious decisions.” It is this phenomenon that is called by the set phrase “informational decoherence.” If the “non-conscious decisions” proved to be more optimal than the “conscious decisions”, the Elohim who are aware of the problem will rather seek to gain access to “non-conscious decisions” of the King by using UTC sessions, rather than revealing the problem to the conscience of the latter. UTC sessions can also aim to make available to the subconscious of His Majesty information on certain issues, information that this subconscious may not have, in order to gain access at the same time to the “non-conscious decisions”, or possibly get a special help from the Monarch in case the information came to be revealed to his conscience. In case the UTC proves efficient, the information relating to “non-conscious decisions” are made available to the applicant in various formats. The applicant will then gain access to such information through visions, words or specific signs that will have to be deciphered and interpreted, or he will simply be prompted by a strong intuition that will lead him to make the right decisions in the light of the problem.
Let’s notice that from the moment when Adonaye took the decision to split the Kingdom to the time when Whezan made her discoveries, almost three years passed. Only three years! But three years that amply sufficed to shed light on fundamental differences between the Arian area and the Zionist area. Differences in cultural terms, but above all on the political and administrative levels. What therefore was so urging Ara and his companions? One might ask. This lapse of three years period time indeed entirely sufficed for a person visiting the first time the Arian area felt himself completely disorientated. Both areas still had almost certainly the same knowledge and the same technologies, and it was not too much at this level that the difference was to be noticed; at least not yet. This difference is especially noticed in the cultural habits as stated, and at the level of the legislation and the institutions which governed from then on the Arian area. It took only three years for cultural habits and institutions worthy of surrealist scenes of logigram games grow suddenly like mushrooms in the area now led by the “Son of Lightening”. One should perhaps have had to expect that a bit, because it was given later to all to see that the logigram itself was invented by an Arian, that most Elohim who excelled in designing Virtual Worlds Simulators were Arians, and finally that most of the Elohim who excelled in the logigram games also were Arians.
All this change stemmed probably from an attitude clearly shown off by Luxland authorities . This attitude consisted in making every effort so that the Arian territory be endowed with a proven supremacy in all scientific and technological fields, so as to stave off any possible attack that would come from any extra-Elohist entities. This attitude, that was displayed through a speech performed by Ben Ara a month after the Kingdom splitting decisions of Adonaye, didn’t however aroused in due course any amazement and almost went unnoticed. It was indeed clearly known in the Kingdom, and this was a scientific truth, that the only living beings endowed with intelligence and existing in the whole megavers were the Elohim and the Atlantist couple. Was it then because the Zionists were too much concerned about the decisions of the King that these words from Ara went unnoticed? Or was it because Ara himself, certainly according to a cunning attitude, would have taken care to close his telepathic portal before making such a statement? At least one of these two reasons could fit well. Anyway, to say that it took only three years to Ara to turn his area into a surrealist world might not seem as exaggerated as that.
Many Arians thought then that it would not be surprising that in a few thousand years, several aspects of Zionist culture appear in the eyes of the Arians as nothing more than vestiges of a completely bygone civilization, which remnants could at best be object of studies serving only to kill boredom, for some individuals who would be looking for particular sensations. To put one’s knowledge and expertise at the service of the community gratis, this might soon be nothing more than far-off memories in the Aryan world. To participate in daily activities without seeking any supremacy or any personal glory, this might from then on appear in a very short time in the eyes of an Arian as an attitude stemming from an ignorance of the laws and principles that can place a society on the optimal path of progress. And it was precisely mainly for these reasons that the Arians, though they still had almost the same level of scientific and technological knowledge than the Zionists, felt that they did a good and significant progress to a higher level of civilization. They were convinced that this progress will take concrete form through a greater control of the laws governing the megavers, and this, in a future that was not far-off. All things that would lead to the design of more efficient and advanced technologies, always according to them. Many of them did not even hesitate to say that if the King had never formally prohibited up to then the attitudes that these new Arians principles underlay, it was precisely because his hidden or non-conscious desire was that his subjects discover those principles on their own initiative. And also the fact that the King didn’t yet formally authorize them in the part of the Elohis territory he had to govern from then on simply meant, according to Arians, that his Zionist subjects were not yet sufficiently evolved to live according to such principles. All these arguments seemed in part purported to convince Zionists to embrace these new Arians principles.
But, and one doesn’t really need to emphasize this, it would be very surprising that this kind of preaching can significantly increase the number of Luxland citizens. And it was likely that Arians know that well. But why many of them strove to actively communicate these arguments? There were necessarily several other reasons, one of which might be to prevent any backward attitude on the part of any Arian. The fact remains that Ben Ara’s companions considered themselves from then on as more advanced beings than the Zionists, and some did not even hesitate to clearly state that.
Although the persons who were in the vanguard of this emerging Arian philosophy were not easily identifiable, some characters moving in the political and administrative system of the territory under the control of Ben Ara appeared to have played key roles in synthesizing, formalizing and implementing all the ideas that were at the basis of this emerging civilization. These ideas were somewhat disparate and scattered through books written a long time ago by some Elohim, which Elohim proved finally to be Intellectualists first, and Arians thereafter. If these ideas went unnoticed for a long time, it might be because they were essentially presented in the form of surrealist works primarily designed for logigram games. Among these builders of the nascent Arian civilization and the Arian political and administrative system, some enjoyed a respectability and a rather special notoriety.
The room was highly structured and quite dark, half plunged into darkness. She was sitting on a seat slightly bent backwards, having her hands in her pockets, her legs crossed, and staring unceasingly at this glass blackboard that let appear various scriptures, equations and graphs. Skyndick seemed to have been coming across a mystery for quite a few hours. Almost unknown during the pre-secessionist period, Skyndick still exercised at the DATE as a close associate of Ben Rousso at that time. Her talents in the field of political and social organization, according to criteria that are proper to Arians of course, were however revealed after the split of the Kingdom. This made Skyndick almost the alter-ego of Ben Rousso in the Arian area. She was attributed the authorship of nearly one third of these new types of institutions appeared like mushrooms in Luxland after the split of the Kingdom, but at the design of which the Arians were eventually suspected by the Zionists to have been working on since the beginning of the first millennium preceding the split of the Kingdom. Skyndick was also a specialist of bionics although she was not ranked among the greatest experts in the whole elohian population before the split of the Kingdom.
She seemed to have an undeniable admiration for Shlanne, which admiration seemed to supplant the one she could have for any other Arian, including Ben Ara. Thing that seemed rather surprising, since no Arian seemed to enjoy on the part of any of his fellow citizens an admiration surpassing that of Ben Ara. Was it a question of complicity based on morphological type? Maybe yes. However, although Skyndick was as discreet and reserved than her idol, the charm and the expressiveness she exuded every time it was given to enter into communication with her contrasted sharply with the behavior of Shlanne in the matter.
It was soon going to be for two hours and a half that she’d been adopting such an attitude, scanning the blackboard while looking impassive, displaying on that board cyclically and indefinitely the same types of graphs and equations, in a telekinetic manner. Striking one as she was finally feeling to have been adopting that posture for too long, she rose slowly, stood up and had a last and careful look at the board during about ten seconds, before venturing a bit hastily towards the exit of the room, which room she certainly used as her office. She opened the door and immediately got into another room, a quite spacious and more luxurious one, which contained a double bed and a kind of glass wall that exuded the outside scenery. Standing a few meters from the wall, she pulled her MPU from her pocket, and pointed a straight beam of light emanating from it on a specific point of the wall. A screen appeared on the wall. This screen immediately displayed an image that closely looked like a map.
« Can you tell me where Shlanne is? I’m trying to establish a telepathic connection with her but I can’t » Skyndick said.
The entity she was addressing is a computer, an artificial intelligence.
« The Security Council headquarters building in Luxtha. Would you want me to transfer the precise coordinates of her location in your memory? » The computer reacted.
« No need. Thank you. » Skyndick replied.
Arian flagship technology, ALICIA was one of the most expressive marks of the fundamental differences that existed from then on between the part of the Kingdom remained faithful to Adonaye and the dissidents. ALICIA is a very intelligent bionic autonomous system. It was the result of a real technological revolution brought about by Arians. Capable of emulating more or less perfectly the behavior, reactions and feelings of an Eloha, except the motor functions of the latter, it’s a multifunctional system that could play the role of police, of surveillance and defense of the Aryan territory, of espionage and counter-espionage, of regulation of disputes between Arian residents, of an advisor for each Arian over various issues. In short, it would be difficult to list in a single paragraph of a few lines what ALICIA was capable of, not to mention its capabilities extending possibilities. For ALICIA was able to evolve by learning and adaptation. As can be seen, the terms “police”, “homeland surveillance and defense”, “espionage”, “counterespionage”, reveal well some aspects of the political, administrative and cultural organization of the Arian society, which aspects were totally foreign to the elohian civilization. Incidentally, these concepts aroused questionings and debates in the Zionist area.
Though ALICIA was housed within the ASDEC (Arian Security and DEfense Council) headquarters building, which ASDEC is also most often called “Security Council”, each Arian had at his disposal a terminal for communicating with the central processor unit of the system. That terminal was not mobile and was usually embedded within the walls of some of the buildings owned by the user of the system. To correct the mobility problem, it was possible to interact with the device using an MPU. Such a usage of an MPU sometimes makes appear a holographic interface, which interface is used to interact with ALICIA. The effectiveness of ALICIA in solving personal problems of a given Eloha requires that the system have enough information about this Eloha. But the principle of freedom was very crucial in the eyes of Elohim, and even in this respect, the Arians were not outdone. Therefore, ALICIA couldn’t collect and store information on an Eloha against the will of the latter. But the need to get help from ALICIA generally obliged Arians to provide the system with as much information as possible about them. Especially as ALICIA had a certain computing, reasoning, and anticipation power, and also a phenomenal intuition, which even sometimes surpassed far and away those of the most senior Princes in the whole elohian population. And in the Kingdom of Elohim, the simplest way to provide some intelligent systems with information about oneself requires that one communicate to such systems one’s psychic imprint. When some intelligent systems have at their disposal the psychic imprint of an Eloha, they are able to collect a lot of information about his past, his thoughts and his preferences, his personality, and even sometimes to predict with a remarkable accuracy what some aspects of his future could look like.
The terms “police” and “defense” which are hinted here about ALICIA don’t necessarily involve the fact that ALICIA is endowed with destruction tools such as the different types of weapons our (we, humans) military and security forces have at their disposal. Of course, Elohim elaborated some concepts relating to these types of weapons, but those ones only appeared for the moment a few times in the logigram games scenes, in fictional films and in works of fiction. The ALICIA police function consisted in providing every citizen with some advice, so that to help them make the most possible effective decisions in the context of some of the initiatives they take, and given the legal constraints governing the area in which these initiatives were taken. These tips were however provided at the request of the citizen. This police function consisted also in making a real time update of a database ALICIA was supposed to be endowed with. This database was assumed to contain information about the residents of the Arian territory who were presumed guilty of violating the laws and regulations of that territory, but who would have not yet been judged for these violations. Finally, ALICIA police function consisted in limiting the initiatives the Arian residents who were presumed guilty of serious violations were allowed to take. In the latter case, the citizen was supposed to enjoy apparently the same degree of freedom as any other ordinary citizen. Only, every time he was about to visit a place that would be prohibited to him, a kind of invisible force field was supposed to oppose his movements, making him unable to move forward. Besides, whenever he projected to undertake the activities or to do the things that he was prohibited to do, the ability of ALICIA to read in his intention was supposed to allow the system to be informed of his projects. Next, the ability of the bionic system to exert some influence on the brain of the condemned was supposed to make him lose the control of his movements, so that it was impossible for him to perform actions required in the framework of these initiatives.
Concerning the Arian territory defense functions of ALICIA, those ones simply consisted for the bionic system in using to a more intense degree its ability to control the movement and influence the mind of entities or objects located outside of the Arian territory, which objects and entities would be about to put in harm the physical integrity of this area and its residents. It must be said that ALICIA was a phenomenon that really aroused some concern among more than one Zionist. What worried the latter was not so much ALICIA itself. It was rather the way living beings who were very far from being well-intentioned enough (according to the Zionists) could use such a system.
As soon as informed of the location of Shlanne by ALICIA, Skyndick teleported directly to the ASDEC headquarters, in the political capital of the Arian territory, Luxtha. Unlike a certain freedom that existed at the entrance to the buildings and the royal and administrative institutions of Zion, such buildings or institutions were subject to careful monitoring in the Arian territory. That monitoring was naturally performed by ALICIA. Impressive architectural complex mixing what we usually call modern and classic style, the headquarters of the ASDEC was a space extending over an area of approximately 120,000 square yards and comprising three buildings. A large central building and two annexes that had more modest sizes and that were perfectly identical in structure. Skyndick, who found herself at first in front of one of the two annexes, went then inside this one, eventually ending up in a room which served as a waiting room.
« ALICIA, can you tell to Shlanne that I’m waiting for her in the left annex? Tell her that it’s a matter of urgency. » Skyndick ordered to the bionic system.
« Your wish is my command. » ALICIA responded.
It sometimes happened that Arians keep from receiving telecommunications messages under certain circumstances, while letting ALICIA the possibility to recover the distant calls that were intended for them, and to actually transmit those calls to them if and only if there was an urgency. The great intuition ALICIA was endowed with, and her ability to know to some degree the thoughts and intentions of an Arian, enabled the bionic system to assess quite perfectly the urgency of the calls. A few minutes later, Skyndick and Shlanne met each other. Shlanne began to silently stare at Skyndick for a while, with a totally impassive look as usual.
« I’ve never seen you like this! How about going somewhere in the gardens. » Shlanne suggested.
« Yes! I think it would be better. » Skyndick agreed.
The two Arian found themselves minutes later under some trees located near a waterfall in the vicinities of the ASDEC headquarters. Both standing there, Skyndick took nearly thirty minutes to explain to Shlanne what she was so much concerned about. When Skyndick ended speaking, Shlanne, somewhat dismayed, remained silent for a few minutes with a look that still remained impassive. At the end of that moment of silence, Shlanne issued some words that were probably the only ones that Skyndick could naturally expect in view of the context relating to the object of their discussion.
« I’m sure that you’ve already thought about it. I believe that given the nature of the problem, the only person who needs to be informed, except both us, is Ara. » She said.
« That’s obvious. » Skyndick replied.
A few thousand miles away, another place, another setting, an amazingly enchanting setting. The sand had such a finesse and was endowed with an indescribable whiteness. The cliff was so majestic, with a height of about 55 yards, with gleaming walls, which walls reflected almost perfectly the image of the scenery that stretched before it and that it overhung. The beauty of that scenery was especially stressed by the dazzling blue of the sea, a blue that could instantly turn the worst worries into ecstasy. And these kinds of coconut palms edging the beach, these herbs capping the cliff, all endowed with a brilliant green color. These birds with a magical whiteness, these surfers defying with an unbelievable dexterity some waves reaching nearly one hundred yards high, so that the all scene finally formed a sort of almost perfect symphony, as if it had been deliberately orchestrated by some intelligence.
The beach of Lindastrand was one of the most beautiful spots of Elohis. If the Zionist visits in the Arian territory were still fairly common, it was very likely that this tourist spot was the main reason. Lindastrand was indeed the most populous city of the Arian territory (500,000 inhabitants). Three quarters of the population consisted of Zionists who are mostly temporary (less than a year) residents. Though no official decision had been taken to that effect, visitors of the beach of Lindastrand usually gathered together by affinity, depending on whether they were Zionists or Arians. Because since the split of the Kingdom, the relationships between Arians and Zionists were far from being natural and were generally quite formal (request for specific services or information, punctual collaborations for goals that could not be reached otherwise, etc.). However, during these contacts, efforts were made on both sides to relax as much as possible the atmosphere, and for appearances ‘sake.
The surf was one of his favorite hobbies and not a week went by without him treading the beach of Lindastrand. As if nature itself already realized the urgency of the problem he was on the verge to be informed about, the waves he was riding subsided almost suddenly while bringing him to the bank, at the very moment when some intrusive visitors appeared right in front of him. At the sight of these unexpected visitors, the first words that emanated from Ben Ara, the smile he displayed, and the kisses that he gave to these visitors struck one as he had still no idea of what was about to be revealed to him.
« Not very convenient outfits for a place like this and for beauties like the ones that are appearing at present before my eyes. » Ara said, on a joking tone.
Following these words from Ara, Shlanne forced herself to smile, probably because of the discomfort caused by the contrast that existed between the warmth of the welcome they had just received, and the seriousness of the problem they had the heavy responsibility to reveal to their beloved supreme leader of Luxland. She looked at Skyndick for two to three seconds, and then headed her look towards Ara, looking this time quite impassive and relaxed, to finally stammer out a few words:
« Listen! Skyndick has something important…. we have something very important to tell you … and…and I don’t know if this place is really appropriate. » She said.
Ben Ara was finally informed a few minutes later of the issue that was concerning Skyndick and Shlanne. He immediately called a meeting restricted to a small circle of people belonging to the ruling class of the Arian nation: Ara himself, Ben Shlanne, Ben Skyndick, and three other Arian high officials. The meeting took place at the Arian Executive Mansion, away from any prying ears and eyes, even those of ALICIA. That meeting ended after a period of seven hours. Important decisions were taken and Ben Ara was about to make a statement that was to be broadcast live on all information channels of Elohis and of all extra-elohist places possibly housing some Elohim.
Since the split of the Kingdom, Ben Ara made a single speech to the Arian nation and this one was shown live only in the Arian territory. Consequently, the news of a televised statement from the Supreme Leader of Luxland, a statement broadcast live in all parts of the megavers that could house some Elohim, didn’t take long to arouse questions among all Elohim, especially among the Zionists. This information coincided with the end of the UTC session of the four high Zionist officials mobilized around the problem posed by the discoveries of Whezan. They heard the news when they were about to resume discussions on these discoveries, at the residence of Ben Gouryhaune in Symph-Tra. So somewhere in one of the rooms of this residence, the four Zionists, gathered around a table, were glancing at one another, wearing questioning looks, which looks were also pretty marked by an amazement. One could still see the frozen holographic image of the spokesman of the Arian Executive Mansion in the middle of the table and in a reduced format, which image resulted from the central television receiver of the residence. Zehdong was gazing at the image, as if he was looking through it for some details that might provide the answer to a question he asked thereafter, a question that they all surely naturally asked inwardly to themselves.
« What might well motivate such a speech? » He asked.
Following this question of Zehdong, Whezan, who had both of her elbows leaning on the table, her arms forming a sort of inverted “V”, her head in her hands, and gazing into space, tried to suggest an answer to that question.
« Would they by chance know or suspect something about our findings? » She asked.
These words, and perhaps also that look of great disappointment Whezan was wearing, led immediately Gouryhaune to tell some words that were apparently purported to be somewhat reassuring.
« I would be lying if I said that I have the slightest idea of what they’re plotting but it seems to me at least that the possibility that you’ve mentioned is not the most likely one … »
After a brief pause, Gouryhaune went on speaking:
«… In any case, for the moment it’s of no use to waste time in guessing the reasons underlying such a speech. It’s supposed to happen only in a few minutes. Let’s wait patiently and … who knows? Maybe it will help us to get significantly rid of some uncertainty … »
Gouryhaune suddenly stopped speaking. He looked up and began to stare at the wall that was right in front of him. The other three Elohim followed his gesture and a screen displaying an image of Adonaye and Rousso appeared on the wall. A videophone communication was immediately established between the latter and the small team gathered around Gouryhaune.
« It seems you’re already informed… » The King said. «… I wish that you and Zehdong contact me as soon as possible after the speech. » He went, addressing specifically Gouryhaune.
Following this request of Adonaye, Gouryhaune and his three guests glanced at each other for a few seconds, looking somewhat embarrassed by the King’s request, for reasons probably related to the emergency posed by the discoveries of Whezan. The Monarch, certainly surprised by this attitude, resumed speaking:
« As I can also see you seem to face some emergency. If it’s really so I’ll leave you enough time to assess fully the situation that will prevail after the speech, and to choose the moment that will best suit you based on what you’ll have deemed as priority. But I wonder what could seem more urgent … or even as urgent as the problems this surprising speech may arouse, considering the magnitude of the target audience. Especially as we all know well the very person we’re dealing with. I well hope that you’re concealing nothing from me? »
This reaction of the King led Gouryhaune and the three guests as well as Rousso to smile, and brought Whezan to immediately react after having quickly glanced at Gouryhaune.
« There’s no worry to be. We just hope that this speech will not cause problems as serious as that. » She said.
Thereafter, Gouryhaune spoke again to respond with a little more precision to the request of the Monarch.
« Could the early morning of tomorrow be ok? » He asked.
After this proposal of response, he immediately glanced at Zehdong as if he was trying to get sure that this moment suited the latter. Zehdong nodded, surely in sign of agreement. Then Adonaye spoke again:
« OK! I hope it suits you. I think we got to leave you. » He said. « Unless you have something else to say. » He went, speaking this time to Rousso.
This one reacted immediately while smiling:
« I have nothing particular to say. Except I would have liked to know more about what might bother Whezan once again. For I beg that if they face a problem we don’t know, this one can only come from her many concerns. »
This intervention led all to smile and the videophone communication stopped.
At the same time, somewhere in a café of Luxland, some Arians were preparing to follow the speech of Ben Ara. The cafés of Elohis, like most of the living areas and buildings of the Kingdom are places that combine at a perfection art, design and high-level technologies. Users of the cafés don’t really need any servant. Orders can be placed in telekinetic way via an MPU, provided that this one is configured for this purpose. Or they (the orders) can be put in by displaying a holographic interface consisting in a mobile touchscreen that is embedded in each of the tables arranged in the café. The user can therefore interact with this interface with the help of his fingers or by using any other suitable object to place his orders. Once the order is placed, the ordered food or drink automatically appears on the table in front of the user. These cafés, as many other public and private places, such as the agoras, sometimes swarmed with people during some cultural, artistic, scientific or political events broadcast on the various TV channels. These events were indeed often preceded and followed by comments or festive ceremonies. Therefore, although each Eloha have the ability to view those events lonely, some prefer to join a friend circle or go within areas which gathered a large number of individuals to benefit the atmosphere that prevailed there.
So in the context of the speech that Ben Ara was about to make, some cafés and public places of the Arian territory suddenly got a little more livened up. Ben Horvak, Sylde and Emydia are three Arians who played significant roles in the history of the Kingdom. Horvak was a Prince who exercised no official function in the Kingdom before its split. He was nevertheless the inventor of the logigram game. He’s an Elohy specialized in computer science and artificial intelligence and one of the most loyal friends of Ben Ara. He was the all-powerful head of the ASDEC and his appointment to this function should be due to his competence as well as to a certain confidence that Ben Ara placed in him.
As for Sylde, this one was an Arian having no title of nobility. He was much focused on nanotechnology though having some knowledge in many other disciplines (biology, neuroscience, robotics, aeronautics, etc.). He contributed to the design of the very first microprobes. Emydia is an Elohae who was particularly revealed by the Great Debate that led to the split of the Kingdom. Versed in political science and mathematics, she was the first to put forward the idea of institutional reforms well before the split of the Kingdom, and therefore well before Whezan. Some of the institutional reforms introduced by the Arians were also inspired by the ideas she had to venture during the Great Debate.
The three Arians were all sitting around a table, in a cafe of the city of Kardem, a town located a few thousand kilometers far from Luxtha. They could not help from speculating about the possible reasons underlying the speech they were preparing to follow, like the dozen other persons who were in the café, like the majority of the population of Elohis. Wearing a cap, gazing into space, Horvak was apparently preparing to answer a question from one of his two interlocutors, that is, Emydia and Sylde. The latter were staring fixedly at him. Horvak glanced at the glass of juice that were in front of him, lifted it and quickly sipped the drink contained in it to place it anew then quite suddenly on the table. He sank thereafter into his seat, shoved both of his hands into the pockets of his jacket, and gazed at Emydia for a few seconds, looking quiet impassive. This attitude led Sylde and Emydia to briefly exchange questioning looks, and to get back staring anew at Horvak. Emydia, who seemed somewhat embarrassed by the silence that prevailed and the look Horvak was wearing, smiled slightly, and addressed Horvak while shrugging:
« Look … you’re … you’re not obliged to say more about it. » She stammered.
Horvak immediately react to these words from Emydia, with a tone striking one as he was trying to reassure the latter that he had nothing to conceal, concerning what was the subject of their discussion.
« No, you’re on the wrong track » he said, « I would have better make known my opinion on this point. I just did not think about it; that’s all. » These words from Horvak led Sylde to talk:
« Well, as for me it’s not as critical as that. »
This reaction of Sylde led immediately Horvak and Emydia to look at him.
« Really! » Emydia exclaimed, in relation to the last words from Sylde. This led the latter to respond again:
« Consider a bit everything that happened. Try to observe with a little profoundness the succession of events that led to the current situation. I think … of course, I wouldn’t go so far as to say that Adonaye made a mistake … however, if there were any mistake, maybe we’ll gradually discover it… but I think that the involvement of the royal authority in the regulation of the attitudes and the behaviors of the citizens failed somewhere. It was only limited to a few general principles. Of course, we all know that the intentions underlying the actions of each citizen play a key role in the harmony and the overall welfare increasing of the Kingdom …»
Sylde was immediately interrupted by Horvak:
« Absolutely! » The latter exclaimed, in sign of approval and in relation to the last sentence of the previous reaction of Sylde. After that, Sylde went on speaking:
«…but as it just happens, the good intentions don’t always lead to good actions and good results. Furthermore, we already had some difficulties to clearly define and model the “intent” factor …»
It was this time the turn of Emydia to interrupt Sylde:
« We’re just facing now a technical problem, not a conceptual one. And although we don’t all agree on …»
Emydia was in turn interrupted by Sylde:
« Yes I know that. But it turns out that the conception we have of what is morally correct and what is not is not the same as that of the Zionists. As we’re now all seeking to avoid past mistakes by abstaining to embark on initiatives that could be divisive, I think it’s not really necessary to seek to make value judgments about our intentions, but we should rather seek to take measures so that individual initiatives must lead to community harmony and well-being, despite the nature of the intentions underlying these initiatives. And it’s to that purpose that ALICIA, unlike the Super Computer, does not evaluate our intentions but rather ensures the compliance of our actions and our words to some legislation that is supposed to be adaptable, as well as the impact of those actions and words on community well-being. So I think we should stop there. »
These words from Sylde caused again an approval response from Horvak:
« It’s also my opinion. » The latter said. « Not you? » He went, addressing Emydia, and thus leading her to react immediately:
« Not really. » Emydia said, « In fact, it’s not about assessing separately the intentions, but it’s only about acting according to the model adopted by the Super Computer after its correction. I think we could at least include the “intent” factor in the evaluations, especially as the protocol according to which ALICIA operates makes absolutely inaccessible to the public most of the data related to an individual, unless this individual is proven guilty of a particularly serious disobedience to the law. This simply results from the principle of freedom and respect for private life …»
Emydia suddenly stopped speaking, as if she had just received by telekinesis or in a telepathic way a particular signal, then talked again:
« I think that the speech will start soon. » She remarked.
Thereupon, a three dimensions holograph consisting in a reduced format of an image of Ben Ara and of the place he was standing on appeared above the table around which the three Arians were sitting. The image was located in the center of the table. The angle at which it was perceived was not dependent on the position of the observer. Perfectly similar holographic images also appeared on every table of the café where one could find at least an Eloha. The café became much calmer, all of its users became a bit more attentive.
Ben Ara began the long-awaited speech. Customary greetings first, without forgetting the formal honors to Adonaye. Then he turned to words that were a reminder of some events that seemed to have particularly marked the history of the Kingdom. The speech went on. He took particularly care to emphasize all the will of the Arian authorities to work in order to promote harmony and progress in both territories of Elohis. He insisted on reassuring that any of the decisions that Luxland officials had taken, any of the policies they had adopted aimed at this goal, even if until then it might not yet apparently seem to be so. All this clarification purported perhaps to prepare the minds for accepting some of the decisions that will be announced later in the speech, thereby demonstrating the peculiarity of these decisions. Ara finally came to what everyone had seemed to be expecting for a few hours, given the size of the audience targeted by the address, that is, decisions of a rather special nature. At this stage of the speech, the reasons and the facts that motivated it had not yet been mentioned.
«… I want to stress that it is with great difficulty, with pain that the Arian authorities are planning to take a number of measures, measures of a rather special nature. Especially as for strategic reasons, I’m unfortunately obliged not to reveal the facts that motivated the taking of these decisions. But as I’ve already said, I want to assure that this is done in the interest of all, Arians as well as Zionists, though it may immediately create some inconvenience. We, Arian authorities, have therefore taken the following decisions:
1. Any telepathic or technological secure communication between a nonresident and a resident of Luxland now require prior authorization of the Arian authorities;
2. No telepathic or technological secure communication between an Arian and a Zionist will be possible from now on;
3. Any Zionist wanting to stay in Luxland or access any elohistic territory or extra-elohistic territory that belongs to Luxland will now specify the period and the duration of his stay to Arian authorities.
These decisions will take effect as of the end of the period of seven days beginning from today. Those who need it can check, these decisions do not violate in any way the general principles laid down by His Majesty and according to which the Arian area is supposed to be administered. This is the essence of the communication I wanted so much to make to all. Thank you for your attention, and may the King’s blessing brings us peace and well-being. »
The atmosphere that began to prevail in both territories of the Kingdom after the speech could leave an observer quite accustomed to the elohian cultural habits a little stunned. Most Elohim, especially the Zionists, seemed indeed to have received these new decisions with much more calm than it was in the case of the decisions of the King relating to the split of the Kingdom. But it turns out that unlike the latter, the measures that Ben Ara had just taken were expected to much more reduce liberties, a principle that was so dear to the Elohim. Was the composure noticed this time among the Zionists due to the fact that the relations between Arians and Zionists had anyway already begun to crumble? Maybe yes. But there is no need to emphasize here that the anxiety caused by these measures among the Zionists was real, though they strove to conceal that. It seemed in the end that these measures in themselves posed fewer problems to the Zionists than the unknown reasons that motivated them.
So let’s get back to Zion, in the city of Symph-Tra. Gouryhaune, Zehdong, Whezan and Elvyn had just listened to the speech of Ben Ara. After a few seconds of silence during which they exchanged some looks, looks that were sometimes impassive, sometimes worried, Whezan briefly put her two hands in the hair while closing her eyes in sign of helplessness apparently, then gazed at Gouryhaune to ultimately break the silence that was prevailing:
« Do you still think that it’s not so sure all this has something to do with the microprobes? » She asked.
« I all the same recognize that his speech strangely strikes me as it’s quite likely that there is a link between these measures and our discoveries. But for the moment there’s no evidence to allow us to be sure of that. » Gouryhaune responded.
Elvyn, who was interacting with a kind of holographic screen built into the table, started to react in a way that gave the impression that he was delivering the results of a calculation he had just operated:
« You may want to check it, but not informing Adonaye no more seems to be the only optimal solution. » He said.
« This is what I’m also noticing. Or to be more precise, not to warn the King finally appears as optimal as to warn him. » Zehdong stated too.
« If it’s really so we must immediately warn him… » Gouryhaune reacted, «… especially as he wants to see us … » he went, looking at Zehdong. Coming back to Whezan and Elvyn, he continued his remarks by giving to the latter a number of instructions: «… Meanwhile, you can carry on the discussions. Rousso and Haraphat should also be informed. I’ve just seen that it’s equally ideal to inform them. But we’ll take care of that after the meeting with the King or even during that meeting if indeed we find them there and the conditions allow it. We’ll contact you at the end of the meeting. » Looking again at Zehdong, he addressed him: « can we go? » He said.
«Yes! » Zehdong replied.
Thereupon, Gouryhaune and Zehdong took their leave of Whezan and Elvyn. Hours later, Gotthampolis, Royal Palace. The agenda that mainly motivated the meeting had apparently already been dealt with. Besides, Gouryhaune and Zehdong didn’t seem to be the only ones to have been summoned. The hall of the Palace which hosted the meeting looked pretty sober. A few rows of seven chairs each, and a glass blackboard partially covering the wall facing the chairs, at about four yards from the first row of chairs. Adonaye, Zehdong and Rousso were sitting on the chairs of the first row, staring fixedly at the glass blackboard, peering graphics, text and images that were there. All were attending a presentation that was performed by Gouryhaune:
«… so dear friends, that’s what has been intriguing us for almost two days, well before the famous speech. » Gouryhaune said, concluding his presentation.
The audience all kept silent for a moment. While the facies of Adonaye visibly showed that he was striving to conceal a certain anger he was in the grip of, a mixture of anxiety and exasperation could be detected on that of Haraphat, and especially on that of Rousso. Following the moment of silence, Adonaye made his first comments relating to the presentation Gouryhaune had just performed.
« Are you really sure that no one else is informed except Whezan and Elvyn? » The Monarch asked.
« For sure we haven’t yet consciously taken any initiative purported to inform anyone else, and Whezan and Elvyn gave us the same assurance. » Gouryhaune said.
After a short pause of about twenty seconds, the King spoke again:
« I believe that no one else is informed. It even seems that the Arians who are aware of the project are less than a dozen. You must already know that, to adopt effective solutions for the problem you’ve just revealed, two types of information are required. We first need to have more information on these findings. And this can be done in two ways. We could ask Arian authorities to provide this information. What I don’t intend at all to do with regard to the problem posed by the speech. We could also acquire this information unbeknownst to them. Thing that could be quite difficult. The second type of information consist in the reasons underlying the decisions that the Arian authorities have just taken. Although Whezan discoveries can be a probable reason, we have no certainty to that effect. So this is my suggestion about this matter. Using the information that’s already available to you concerning the microprobes, start to work on the development of technological and institutional solutions. They may not be as effective as we would have liked but it is better than nothing. As for the reasons underlying the measures taken by the Arian authorities, I give you an appointment tomorrow here at the Palace to state the proposals of solutions I intend to adopt for this purpose. I think it’s time to put immediately an end to the discussions to meet tomorrow. Unless someone has something to say. »
Adonaye looked at his three subjects to see if at least one of them wanted to speak. Those ones respectively made signs to signify that everything was ok. Then the King spoke again, addressing Gouryhaune:
« I think we should inform Khantt and Lynkhon. » He ordered.
« I’ve just thought of that. » Gouryhaune approved.
Thereupon, the King reacted once again:
« I was about to forget it. I still think that I got to meet Ara alone for some discussion. And this must be done before the measures he has adopted take effect. Certainly, the chances that the Arians can, with good will, help us to find solutions to possible problems that these measures might cause are very slim. But I still intend to meet him and we can discuss that tomorrow if you want. Right, so see you tomorrow guys. »
Lynkhon is a Prince specializing in psychological sciences, neurology and martial arts. Incidentally, it was some of the numerous works he achieved in some of these fields that mainly inspired Jason and Carvheil to discover abnormalities in the Super Computer as regards the former, and to model the “intention” factor as for the latter.
Four days later, sitting in the dark, among thousands of spectators attending a classical music concert, Laurndhee, a Princess who happened to be paired off with Khantt and a member of the King’s intimate circle, seemed really having trouble to understand and accept what she had just learned 72 hours ago. The musicians on the stage, their gestures, the sounds they were producing, seemed more and more to indicate that gloomy days were looming. The good effects all that show were expected to exert on her were finally distorted by the anxiety that had been invading her for 72 hours. What she had therefore wanted to choose as therapy to soothe her concerns eventually produced an unwanted effect. But she apparently had expected that a little, since she insisted on going to this concert by almost requiring to be accompanied by Adonaye himself.
It was under the influence of Shlanne that Laurndhee ventured into the field of psychological science, at a time when the latter didn’t wear any title of nobility and the former was a Princess. The first contacts between her and Shlanne were established through Khantt. But it must be said that contacts between her and Shlanne were not really as common as that. This was much due to the solitary and hermetic nature of Shlanne than to any lack of need from Laurndhee to establish such contacts frequently.
For some Zionists, Laurndhee had to play unconsciously and what’s more unwillingly a key role in the fact that Shlanne was in the grip of what they ended up calling ABIF (ABnormality of the Intention Factor). Since the discoveries of Jason indeed, many Voluntarists had been engaging in researches to identify the factors that largely contributed to the emergence of the ABIF in almost all Intellectualists. Surprisingly, they noticed that the absolute totality of the Intellectualists who were victims of ABIF (except Ben Ara) wore Son or Prince titles of nobility at a moment of their existence, and had subsequently been demoted in view of the changing in their rating. Voluntarists also observed that all these victims of ABIF (except Ben Ara) saw some of their most faithful disciples get ratings and titles of nobility significantly higher than theirs. So it was in the light of these observations that some Zionists believed that the progress made by Laurndhee in several disciplines, especially in the field of psychological sciences, and her access to the title of Princess, coupled with the demotion of Shlanne from Princess to Son might explain the emergence of ABIF in the latter. One use here the word “might” because despite these observations, almost all Voluntarists had still trouble accepting with certainty that such factors might go so far as to cause the appearance of an abnormality such as the ABIF in an Eloha.
Particularly recognized for her high sensitivity and emotionalism, Laurndhee was very affected for that matter when she learned that many of her fellow citizens, notably Shlanne, were subject to ABIF. And she had been seeming in the grip of some affliction since then. This affliction got particularly strengthened when she got informed about Whezan discoveries. And it was precisely to fight her worries and sadness that she decided to go to this concert. After long minutes of performance of the musicians, Adonaye suddenly began to applaud, like almost all the other spectators. The way Laurndhee suddenly looked at him at the moment of these acclamations, it seemed that those ones somewhat surprised her. This triggered some words from the prominent companion of the Elohae:
« You maybe need something that requires much more your participation. A hobby that for example requires physical and brain exercises. Cycling, tennis, chess, to name only those that you seem to prize the best. » Adonaye remarked.
Laurndhee, as usual in these kinds of circumstances, strove to wear a less saddened look in view of these remarks. She seemed well aware of her high sensitivity and of the burden that this could represent for her circle. This gradually led her to learn to control the expression of her emotions so that in some trouble situations, her appearance was usually the opposite of the way she felt deep down. Whenever these emotions reached some extreme states, she generally preferred to isolate to possibly give them free rein. Or she chose to go out with someone she believed capable of understanding her enough and of putting up with her emotions. Adonaye, Khantt, Gouryhaune and Whezan formed the small circle of those people. If she insisted on going to this concert with the King, it was because the three other persons seemed unavailable. So, making great efforts, she strove to look well and immediately reacted to the Monarch’s remarks:
« No, not at all! On the contrary, I rather need something that requires less attention and concentration. An atmosphere that could give me some leeway to think about some matters while allowing me to escape at times … In fact I’m thinking about ALICIA. I’m somewhat both impressed and haunted by its abilities. And to say that they are to evolve according to its experiences. To go so far as preventing an Eloha from performing telepathic communications, and many more things. I admit that all this shivers down my spine. »
After these words from Laurndhee, the King spoke again, making remarks that were certainly intended to address the concerns of his subject:
« I also admit that I was somewhat surprised the first time I became aware of the existence of ALICIA. But don’t worry and trust me. All these matters will vanish in a few millennia. »
These remarks from Adonaye led Laurndhee to react in a rather peculiar way. She suddenly stared at the Monarch, looking both amazed and worried. The latter began in turn to look at her, seeming first not to understand well enough that reaction of his subject, then reacting subsequently in a way that seemed to show that he had finally seen what led Laurndhee to behave like that.
« Yes, I see. Thousands of years, it’s long enough given the nature of the crisis we’re now experiencing or we are about to undergo. But the Kingdom is founded on principles that are more than effective and that even your dear Adonaye can’t afford to violate, at the risk of worsening the problem. » The King said.
Staring straight into the eyes of Laurndhee, with a look of tenderness, Adonaye put his right arm on her right shoulder and slightly clasped her to his body. Laurndhee tilted in turn her head to one side to lean it against the King’s right shoulder.
A thousands of kilometers away, in the city of Kardem, in the Arian area of Elohis, Horvak, Sylde and Emydia, were all gathered together in a room of a residence. This one belonged to Horvak. The three Arians seemed about to resume the discussion started four days earlier in a café, just before the speech of Ben Ara.
«… I really don’t know if you had taken the discussion very seriously but I recollected it a few minutes ago and I wish that we carry it on. Actually I’ve never seen the real value of assessments such as the ones operated by the Super Computer. I therefore had the same convictions than those of Sylde until you (talking about Emydia) made the statement that triggered this debate four days ago. I certainly didn’t see all your reasons, but I’m wondering whether it’s not the way the Super Computer performed the assessments that obscured their real importance. (Looking at Sylde) Maybe one just have to change the criteria and methods to give to these kinds of assessments all their importance. »
These words of Horvak immediately called a reaction of Sylde:
« That’s it, I’m left alone once again! » He said, while smiling. « Since the split of the Kingdom we disagreed seven times on subjects wearing some importance and you seemed to have the upper hand each time. What’s your secret? » He went, looking at Emydia.
These words from Sylde led the two others to laugh, and brought immediately a reaction of Horvak:
« Now look, I’ve not yet said that I quite agree with Emydia. » The latter declared.
Sylde immediately resumed speaking after this reaction of Horvak:
« Yes I know. To speak more seriously I would say that I agree with you on one point. All the value of this type of evaluation lies in the criteria and methods used. And I don’t reject at all the fact that it is possible to find criteria and methods leading to more relevant assessments. But for me, and at least I stand firm on this opinion, relevant assessments should not require the inclusion of goals that are not yet achieved; But this is precisely what an intention is: not yet materialized goal. I think I’ve already mentioned the reasons underlying this point of view during the discussion in the café. What I’m now curious to know are the criteria and methods that could lead to better assessments. If anyone has any ideas about that, let him make them known so that we can carry on the debate. »
Following these words from Sylde, Emydia started to speak:
« Me, I have an idea. Let (addressing Sylde) me first emphasize that I think it’s a shame that you don’t want us to include the “intent” factor in any assessment. But I admit that your arguments about it are still convincing. So I would like to suggest something else. First, since we ceased any assessment, one could restart the process by assigning initial ratings to every citizen. This can be done by evaluating his material possessions, knowledge and expertise. This assessment will simply consist in measuring the value that other Arians give to these things. After this initial assessment, each Arian will have a very specific rating. Then it will be good enough to use the methodology of the Super Computer, and restrict the set of elements to assess to the satisfactions induced by the transfer of goods, knowledge, know-how and the providing of various services. Does it suit you? »
« Absolutely! » Sylde approved. « But do not believe that I henceforth consider these kinds of discussion as a sort of competition. » He went, while smiling.
The reaction of Sylde led Emydia to stare at him while smiling in turn. She nevertheless stroke one as being somewhat surprised by the comments Sylde had just made. After a few seconds of silence, she began to respond to these comments:
« From what I know the phrase “to have the upper hand” used few minutes ago didn’t come from me. » She remarked. « Am I mistaken? » She went, looking at Horvak and addressing the latter.
Horvak, somewhat lost in his thoughts, probably because of the idea that just came from Emydia, suddenly seemed to almost come around:
« I like the idea that you just ventured but I think it can be improved a little. As for initial assessments, I have no comment. I also have no comment about all the elements you suggest to assess. But I suggest for example that one sets a lower limit to the rating of the citizens so that it be difficult for a person who should have reached this limit to be provided with goods and services that are part of the set of elements to assess to increase his satisfaction. » Horvak remarked, triggering immediately some words from Sylde.
« That’s a thought! » The latter exclaimed. « Yes, the idea is good though one never saw a rating going far down below the zero level. It could encourage each citizen to contribute more to the growth of the overall well-being of the community, or at least the overall well-being induced by the elements considered in the ratings. » He went.
Thereupon, Emydia began in turn to respond to the remarks that Horvak just put forward:
« It will mainly further the creation of goods and services that are of greater value to the entire population, that are less abundant and the transfer of which can easily be controlled. In short, it could induce greater innovation. But I think that the idea of minimum threshold may conflict with the principle of freedom. Admittedly, in accordance with our position on the issue of the Atlantist, we’ve decided to rule the Arian territory by being somewhat less permissive than the Zionists regarding individual liberties. But the principle of freedom is still something quite precious in our eyes. We should therefore avoid adopting measures that might be too much restrictive. I then propose that the ratings transfers induced by the changes in satisfaction levels be less systematic. One could for example give to the individual who wants to make a transfer of ownership of property or to provide a service, the choice to decide whether the transfer should be followed or not by a rating transfer. Things will so appear less restrictive. »
Emydia’s remarks triggered a sudden response from Sylde:
« That’s perfect! This time I’m completely willing for all the ideas you’ve mentioned. » He exclaimed once again.
« It however seems that Horvak has a small problem. » Emydia noticed.
« No, I think everything is ok. I seemed to have a small problem with your (speaking about Emydia) last proposal but I think it’s not worth the trouble. » Horvak responded.
Thereupon, Sylde started to react again:
« I know well what you’re (talking about Horvak) alluding to. Making the rating transfers less systematic could lead to situations where people who have greatly contributed to the overall welfare increase could be unable to be provided with goods and services they need because they would have reached the minimum threshold. But as you yourself said, this is not really a problem. The Eloha, and especially the Arian, is advanced enough. So the minimum threshold constraints will lead most of us not to unduly make free transfers of goods, services and ratings. In addition, an individual could reach the minimum threshold while having the ability to produce much innovated goods and services, provided certain types of inputs are available to him. But the latest proposal of Emydia could solve this problem. Ultimately, all these ideas will likely lead to situations where changes in ratings will not reflect in real time quite perfectly the contribution to the overall welfare increase. But these situations won’t be sufficiently frequent and will only be temporary, so that globally and over a relatively longer period, the ratings variations of each citizen will almost perfectly match his contribution to the overall welfare increase. Am I wrong? »
The question that put an end to Sylde’s remarks was well addressed to Horvak. So the latter started to respond anew:
« Not at all! But there is another problem we’ve forgot to mention. The Zionist Super Computer irons out the case of multiple demands over an offer in a way that doesn’t suit me enough. It is a fact that ALICIA has the ability to accurately predict the level of satisfaction that a product or service is expected to provide to an individual. I therefore suggest that the supplier be informed about the level of satisfaction that his good or service is supposed to provide to each of the persons who need them, and let then to the supplier the right to choose the person to whom he would like to provide his goods or services, in the light of this information. I think it should be better. Isn’t it? »
This new proposal of Horvak immediately triggered another reaction of approval from Emydia:
« I also think it should be better. Especially, if one considers the principle of freedom. » She said.
Horvak then had to conclude the discussion:
« I think there is nothing more to say on this subject. It only remains to put these ideas into practice. We will just need to make some configurations at ALICIA and I intend to make the proposal to Ara. » He said.
Five days passed since the speech of Ben Ara. In an estate located in Luxtha and extending over an area of about 50,000 square yards, which estate happened to be one of her residences, Skyndick received a telepathic communication from Ara while practicing her morning jog.
« Do you have a busy schedule today? » Ara asked.
« No, I don’t think so. » Skyndick replied.
« Horvak have just made me some interesting proposals concerning ALICIA. I’d like you to discuss them with him. Shlanne and the head of the Economic Department should also be involved in this discussion. Adonaye wants to see me and I’m just going to meet him right now. When I’m back we’ll talk about all these things. » Ara spoke again.
« Do you think that he’s been informed of the problem? » Skyndick questioned.
« Not at all! But I think the appointment has a link with the measures we’ve just adopted and so with the problem. Ok I’ve got to leave you. » Ara responded.
Hours later, in the gardens of the Royal Palace in Gotthampolis, Adonaye and his host of the day were talking while walking. The King seemed to give the most possible casual form to this meeting between him and Ara. Yes, this sometimes seems necessary during a negotiation; a kind of anesthesia consisting in weakening the vigilance of one’s interlocutor to get from him what one desires. If it’s really the case, will Ara bite to the bait? That’s not so sure, as one is dealing here with a being that Elohim seemed just starting to discover and who, according many observers, Arians as well as Zionists, happened even to supplant the most high-ranking of the Zionists, if one takes into account most of the rating criteria, except the purely moral or emotional ones (criteria). Having his hands crossed behind his back, looking relaxed enough so as not to lead his interlocutor to dig too much his heels in, but also looking not too cheered up so as to keep the latter from too much suspecting cunning, Adonaye, after having started the discussion with trivialities, seemed gradually progressing towards more serious topics.
« Ara … You see, I’ve always been quite often concerned by the fact that the principles the Kingdom is founded on may be ineffective at times. And I think it’s precisely because some of you Arians have realized that fact that they felt I should get more involved in the management of the Kingdom affairs. Only, and you know that well, optimal principles that would work without a hitch don’t really exist. In this context, I felt that the best thing I have to do as a Monarch was to let all citizens gradually discover the best possible basic principles by themselves. When I thought it was done, I let everybody know that …»
Adonaye paused, put his hands in his pockets, stopped walking and while staring into Ara’s eyes, started to speak again with a tone that was supposed to be as serious and paternalistic as possible.
«… Look Ara, you can’t find much more efficient basic principles, much fairer rules than those that currently govern the part of the Kingdom remained faithful to me. And that, you can be sure of it. I know that you’ll figure it out, that all of you will realize it. Only, I don’t want you to realize it at a moment when it will be too late. »
After these remarks, Adonaye paused again and there was a moment of silence; a moment during which He and Ara made do with staring into the eyes of each other. As a sharp strategist, was the Monarch seeking to assess the effect that his first words have had on Ara before continuing? Possible. As for Ara, was this one trying to detect any possible meaningful silence, any hint that should be hiding in these last words from the King of Zion? Probably. Ara thereafter slightly averted his eyes from those of Adonaye while looking thoughtful. After a few seconds, he stared anew into the eyes of the Monarch and began to speak:
« In fact I’m fully aware that the well-being and the harmony of a community composed of persons with limited abilities and highly dependent on each other only depends on two fundamental principles. You’ve just mentioned these two principles and on this point I fully agree with you; the first of those two principles consists in the freedom of each member of the community to discover things which may contribute to his personal well-being and to act for the achievement of this well-being. The second principle consists in the fact that individual freedoms are limited by the noxious effects they may have on the entire community, hence the need for regulation. And I know that it is in accordance with these two principles that you think that we should stick to the basic principles that governed the whole Kingdom before its split. But according to the first principle, don’t you think it would be more interesting that the largest number of Elohim discover themselves that there can’t be more effective principles than those that currently govern Zion? »
After a short pause, Ara spoke again:
« I know you’re particularly concerned by the cost of my proposal for the whole community and believe me, I’m also aware of this risk. That’s the reason why I’ve also decided to offset the individual freedom increasing the authorization of the creation of the Arian area should induce by a relatively more intensified interventionism in the administration of this area, just to have enough control over the situation in order to return to the status quo if it ever happens that we fail. What do you think about that? »
Thereupon, Adonaye reacted immediately, while starting to walk again still in company with Ara.
« Yes I see. I think I understand the reasons that motivate the decisions that you’ve just taken. Don’t you however believe that these decisions are likely to further strengthen the barriers that have already begun to get raised between the two communities, and that this will complicate a return to the status quo in case you fail? Far be it from me to make you change your decisions at all costs, especially when I consider everything you’ve just said. The problem is that you’ve just told me things that give me hope while leaving me somewhat skeptical, because of the fact that these decisions don’t sufficiently seem to suit the desire for a possible return to the status quo you’ve just referred to. In a word, you make me feel hopeful but I wish to have much more guarantee if possible. »
There was once again a moment of silence after these words of the supreme authority of Zion, the longest one apparently (speaking of the moment of silence).
It is true that Elohim in general, and especially those who are close enough to the King, had always had quite friendly and informal relationships with the latter. Most of them had never hesitated, whenever they had the opportunity, to venture opinions contrary to those of their King during the discussions they had with him. But strangely, although opinions contrary to that of the Monarch were many times found thereafter right, the majority of the subjects of Adonaye had always strongly believed that their King was endowed with a degree of power and knowledge that any other Elohim will never reach. However, a phenomenon still unknown to most of the Elohim, including even the Arians, seemed to happen from then on in the minds of some members of the Arian ruling class, especially in the mind of the Arian Execution Mansion resident.
Adonaye and his guest stopped to walk again, seemingly under the influence of the latter. Ara began to stare at Adonaye, wearing the most serious look, and finally decided to break the long moment of silence that prevailed. The remarks from Ara that follow will easily show the phenomenon that has been just referred to above, for he who can read between the lines.
« You see, we’ve still made a lot of innovations, a lot of progress in some areas. Given the concern that you’ve expressed and which is entirely justified to my eye, one could take advantage of these innovations and progress, how modest they may be, to establish some informal forms of partnership between the two nations of Elohis. I already have the opportunity to attend certain meetings organized by the ruling class of Zion such as the meetings of the Voxpringh. That’s already an advantage that could be maintained. In return I offer for instance that Zion authorities carry out at times visits in the Arian territory. These visits could aim at letting those authorities to discover certain Arian achievements and even, why not, organizing working sessions between Arian and Zionist authorities. The last innovation that we are about to make refers to the rating system of Arian citizens and it’s this very morning that one of my assistants had to make me this proposal. Still about the rating system, in addition to the proposal that have been made to me, I intend, as the supreme authority, to let the forthcoming rating system assess me. This could even lead later to some innovations of the political system of the Arian nation; who knows? I also suggest that the media cover enough these moments of visits and partnerships in order to create in the minds of all, Arians as well Zionists, the idea that the barriers that currently seem to stand between the two communities are only apparent and are not insurmountable at all. But I leave all this proposal to your appreciation. I don’t know whether it responds effectively enough to your concerns? »
After a few seconds of silence during which Adonaye wore a look that was both thoughtful and impassive, he started to react to the proposal Ara had just made, with a voice somewhat marked by a kind of dissatisfaction.
« There are situations where one can only make do with the lesser evil. I only hope that all this will lead to a situation that will be at least as good as the one that existed before the beginning of the Great Debate. » He said.
After a short pause, Adonaye spoke again, wearing this time a slightly more relaxed look:
« You’re staying for dinner? » He asked.
« Yes please. » Ara replied.
Three days later, the new decisions taken by Arian officials through the widely broadcast speech performed earlier by ben Ara were implemented. Zionist area, Royal Palace. The King, Gouryhaune, Rousso, Khantt, Haraphat, Zehdong, Lynkhon and Whezan, all gathered in the meeting room of the REX, were about to begin discussions on the details relating to the implementation of the Zionist decision relevant to the measures that had just been enforced by Arian authorities. This Zionist decision consisted in sending in Luxland a Zionist capable enough to impersonate a sympathizer of the Arian ideology, in order to infiltrate the higher realms of the Arian society. This Zionist should then take advantage of this infiltration mission to gain access to any information that may help to know the reasons that pushed Arians to take the new measures relating to telecommunications and cross-border travels. This agent should also profit from his mission to gain access to any other information likely to endanger the well-being of all the inhabitants of the planet, especially the Zionist. Once arrived in the meeting room, Adonaye immediately triggered the discussions, without any waste of time.
« I would like to tell you from the outset that things will not really be as easy as that, and I know well you already suspect that. I wanted to have this conversation with Ara in order to have the greatest possible number of elements that may enable me to assess correctly enough the need to effectively implement the decision we’ve taken vis-à-vis the new Arian measures. Actually I did not expect at all that the reasons underlying these measures be revealed to me. And on this point I’ve really not been wrong. But the least we can say about this meeting I’ve had with Ara is that it has not been useless at all.
First, in view of what I’ve noticed, sending a spy agent in Luxland seems more than ever necessary. Especially as Arians have performed such great technological advances, particularly in the telecommunications field, that it’s almost impossible for us to spy on them basing solely on the telecommunication signals analysis (SIGINT). And about the spy agent, the meting I’ve had with Ara enabled me to get a result that could be advantageous for us. For the moment I don’t know how, but I’m almost sure that we can profit from it. It’s about a partnership project between Zionist and Arian authorities that gives us the opportunity to perform at times some visits in Luxland, in order to become imbued with some of the technologies that Arians have at their disposal. Yes, I know, Ara is quite far from being naive. If they had to take these measures, it must be due to the fact that they are facing a problem, or they are aiming at a goal we don’t know yet. So I have the strong feeling that Ara is also seeking to take advantage of this opportunity of partnership, which opportunity might be a trap for that matter. It is then for us to be vigilant enough to take the maximum advantage from it.
Now if it happens that anyone has solutions proposals for the details relating to the implementation of the plan, he’s now invited to let all of us know them. »
Following the remarks of the Monarch, his subjects began to smile, looking at each other. These attitudes of his subjects led Adonaye to speak again, while looking somewhat astonished:
« It well looks like there are some good news I’m unaware of. » The King remarked.
This remark led Gouryhaune to react:
« It happens that after three days of researches, all of us have agreed that the solution that seems most realistic and most effective requires to gain access to ALICIA before identifying the spy agent we’ll have to send on a mission. » Gouryhaune continued his remarks by looking at Khantt « Since this solution comes from Khantt I think it would be better that he himself explain it. »
Thereupon, Khantt started to respond by looking in turn at The King:
« The idea is simple but it slightly differs from the initial solution. This initial solution was chosen because we have a total ignorance of the algorithm underlying psychic wave analyses performed by ALICIA. But I’ve realized, basing on some works I, Aurntadiop and Shlanne had to achieve a long time ago on the properties of psychic waves, that the only way to prevent a psychic entity from emitting psychic particles is to arrange in the vicinity of that entity nanoparticles programmed for this purpose. In light of the new measures enforced by the Arian government, I’ve deduced that there must be around each Eloha some nanoparticles, which particles would aim to filter the telepathic communications in accordance with those measures. But arranging such particles around a Zionist would go against the fundamental principles governing the administration of the two territories of Elohis. Therefore, these particles could be arranged only around an Arian.
Basing on these facts, I tried to probe the psychic vicinity of an Arian and the probing did confirm the presence of nanoparticles with a rather special behavior in this area. I realized that all these nanoparticles filtered telepathic communication involving this Arian, that they were responsible for relaying the information flow between him and the external environment. I could collect one of these nanoparticles … please do not ask me how, but you should know that it’s really not easy to do it … I can all the same consider that I was lucky enough … I was saying that I collected one of these particles and after studying it closely, I realized that most of its behavior depended on some parameters of the psychic entity in the vicinity of which it was located.
In fact I’ve found that this particle did not react to any stimuli as long as it was not close enough to the psychic entity of an Arian. I noticed again that its reactions primarily depended on the psychic entity to which it was the closest. I then tried to activate the nanoparticle trying somehow to simulate an Arian personality. And that allowed me to see that the nanoparticle was not activated when I made do with having thoughts that consisted only in harmful intentions, that is to say, wishes, projects or objectives standard to Arian principles and conflicting with fundamental principles of Zion. The particle reacted when I expressed thoughts that were of a belief nature, that is to say, ideas which consisted in principles, standards or statements conform to the Arian principles but conflicting with Zionist principles, while striving to believe that these ideas were true or right. However, despite all the efforts that I had to provide, the particle responded too weakly and fleetingly. This particle could nevertheless be used to identify a Zionist who can simulate at best an Arian personality.
It should however be noticed that the fact that an individual pass a test based on nanoparticles does not necessarily mean that ALCIA will mistake him for an Arian. We’ll thereby have to collect some data from ALICIA to check if the bionic system (ALICIA) will really rise to the bait. I therefore had to find a solution to this problem. And what is this solution? This one simply consists in designing a tool capable of capturing some of the data that are at ALICIA’s disposal. This tool will be a kind of spy implant that will necessarily have to be connected to ALICIA. You should also notice that only Arians have the right to gain access to the data available to ALICIA. One of the functions of the implant will then be to circumvent this problem.
But it also turns out that the data collected in this way will be encrypted. The messages transmitted by ALICIA are in fact encrypted with the help of crypto systems that are constantly modified randomly. If it was a little less difficult for me to find a solution to gain access to certain data, not all but only some, I nevertheless found no solution to gain access to the crypto systems, especially the encryption keys. I could still solve the encryption problem somehow. In fact the only data that my solution will be able to collect are the results of the processing performed by ALICIA and relating to signals it will receive from the nanoparticle; this one has been slightly modified for this purpose. These changes were made so that the implant can follow closely the encryption process performed by ALICIA on signals coming from the nanoparticle. This will allow at least to decrypt the messages we’ll receive from ALICIA, even if the crypto systems used cannot be comprehensively known.
The spy implant will eventually relay the captured information to one or more computers available in the territory of Zion. This procedure is the only one that is apparently capable of minimizing the chances that Arians discover that ALICIA is subject to abnormal activities. The results thus obtained will allow us to identify the individuals who will actually be mistaken by ALICIA for Arians, among all those who will be tested, and even to classify them according to their performance.
Finally, it must be noticed that it is in telepathic way that an Eloha more or less succeeds in identifying the Arian or Zionist nature of another Eloha. Fortunately, the nanoparticles can also be used to blur telepathic signals so that the individual around which they are arranged be mistaken by his peers for an Arian. We’ll therefore have to arrange the nanoparticles around the elohian spy agent so that Arians naturally believe to be dealing with one of their fellow citizens before ALICIA provide a pseudo confirmation of this belief.
To conclude, we’ve found it more effective to send a Zionist who will pretend to be a new convert to the Arian ideology rather than sending a Zionist who will only impersonate a sympathizer of the Arian philosophy. Especially as nearly ten thousand Voluntarists have become subject to ABIF since the split of the Kingdom, the last conversion dating back a month ago. This shows that Zionists can be converted at any time to Arians, and therefore the risks that Arians cling to a pseudo conversion hypothesis regarding the spy agent are greatly reduced. That’s what we currently agree on. »
« Not bad! » The monarch exclaimed immediately when Khantt ended to speak. « But how much do you estimate the probability that Arians realize the deception? » He went. The King’s question led then Gouryhaune to react:
« That probability is extremely insignificant at first. In fact during the first 1000 years that will follow the implementation of the solution, this probability is estimated to be about one in ten thousands. But beyond this horizon, it is almost impossible to make any estimate because of the evolving nature of ALICIA capabilities. »
« In other words we must therefore act quickly. » The King remarked. « And how do you intend to perform the test? » He went, asking a new question.
There was a brief moment of silence after this last question from the Monarch. Moment during which his subjects exchanged questioning looks, striking one as they had not paid any particular attention to the point raised by the question of the King. But It turns out they should have had to seriously consider this point, as the test should be performed so as to lead the maximum number Zionists, if not all, to take part in it, without those ones having any real knowledge of the purpose and nature of the test, so that to minimize the chances that Arians get informed about the Zionist espionage project. After about thirteen seconds, the first answer came from Haraphat.
« We could develop this test in the form of a logigram game freely accessible via the Network. The game will be sufficiently innovative and attractive so as to arouse enthusiasm in the vast majority of our fellow citizens. »
« Oh yes! Excellent idea! » the King exclaimed once again, with respect to these words from Haraphat. « No need to look further. Unless … » He went.
The King looked at his subjects, certainly to see whether at least one of them had a better idea than what Haraphat had just suggested. These ones all expressed their agreement to Haraphat’s idea. Khantt then immediately began to speak again, in order to emphasize a point he had seemed to forget in his previous presentation.
« Well, well, there’s a very important point that I’ve forgotten to mention. If I’ve been able to make technical changes to the nanoparticles to arrange them around the psychic entity of the spy agent, I couldn’t however find any practical solution for the implant. We must therefore think about this point. »
Lynkhon began then to respond to these remarks from Khantt:
« I thought about it and I think the problem is the material you’ve chosen to design the implant processor. This material does not have enough interesting properties to simulate pseudo-vibration and virtual teleportation of vibratory signatures contrary to what you believed. This is due to the fact that the material has not been correctly synthesized. Try to carefully check the process you used to synthesize this material and you’ll see that that process does not obey entirely to the theoretical standards. »
« Ok I’ll look at it. » Khantt said.
Thereupon, Adonaye spoke again:
« Let’s suppose that all this goes well and we have identified a Zionist capable enough to impersonate an Arian. Do you have an idea of the infiltration strategy that will be required? Or at least an idea of the broad outline of this strategy? »
It was this time Rousso who reacted to the King’s question:
« My idea on this is that instead of taking some initiatives to approach Arian authorities so as to force them to have confidence in some of his pseudo competences, the agent should rather let Luxland officials to discover and approach him. »
Rousso paused, looking at the other participants as if he was trying to find out before giving further explanation, if there was a chance that they might accept at least the principle of the idea he had just provided. Then there was a moment of silence that lasted a few seconds and that was broken by a question from Gouryhaune:
« Can you be more explicit? »
Thereupon, Rousso resumed to speak:
« I assume first that the Arian authorities expansionist ambitions are such that it is likely that they attach particular importance to the new converts to their ideology or principles, and I think we all made this assumption, hence the very idea of an espionage mission. Another assumption that we have implicitly made is that, since no Eloha ever dealt with any espionage matter, there may be some loopholes in the security measures taken by Luxland officials against possible espionage practices and intrusions in their cyberspace. The solution proposed by Khantt shows us that we are not really wrong about that.
I however think that we are dealing with beings who happen to be as advanced as we are, and therefore taking extra caution for the solutions we’re currently designing will never be too much. And I know you agree with me that a Zionist who wants to infiltrate the higher realms of the Arian nation will more easily succeed in doing that if he let Arian authorities discover him as a new convert of particular interest rather than taking the initiative to approach those authorities in order to make them have confidence in some of his capabilities.
What you must be asking yourself is surely how the Zionist is supposed to let himself discovered by Luxland officials. In this regard, please notice that, given what I’ve said at the beginning of my remarks, it’s not impossible that ALICIA have the ability to quickly and automatically detect any new conversion to an Arian personality and report this conversion to Luxland authorities. In addition, and this is the most important point of this idea, we could design utopian or unrealistic projects ideas, which projects ideas will however have strong appearance of workability and will be assumed to intensely promote the Arian nation interests. The agent who is supposed to infiltrate the Arian society must then appropriate these ideas and allow Arians to read them in his mind, either in telepathic way or via ALICIA and voila. »
Adonaye seemed once again to perfectly agree with this other idea:
« Yes! I think it’s very good as an idea. » He said.
But Whezan seemed to have some objections to Rousso’s proposals:
« The idea is good but I recommend that we rather adopt it as a first plan, and come back to an infiltration strategy that requires much more initiative on the part of the spy agent in case this first plan fails or takes too much time to succeed. These failures may occur for a number of quite simple reasons. First there is an information asymmetry between the Arian authorities and us on what they are likely to have at their disposal in terms of projects, project ideas or technologies so that they might already have what we think to be of some interest to them. In addition, you’ve mentioned the ability of ALICIA to inform automatically and quickly the Arian authorities about new conversions simply as a hypothesis. Although it’s likely to benefit from a strong plausibility, the fact remains that it’s only a hypothesis. Hence my proposal. »
Gouryhaune seemed in turn to agree with these remarks from Whezan:
« I think she’s right and we must think about the details of the second plan. » He said. And it was Haraphat who responded immediately to the request Gouryhaune had just expressed:
« In connection with this I think the agent would do better improvising much. We should avoid to impose him too many directives. For example we should simply specify the goals to reach, namely gaining access to any information which might be a danger to the all Elohim community, especially the Zionists. It is up to the agent, given the problems he will face and we cannot anticipate correctly, to improvise appropriate solutions that would better enable him to achieve the goals of the mission. Isn’t it better? »
After a short pause during which the other participants seemed to ponder over the validity of this idea of Haraphat, the latter was addressed a question that came from Zehdong.
« Not even a minimalist overall framework that should guide his initiatives and actions? If it happened for example that he gain access to vital information, to which of us should he primarily give this information and how should he convey it, in view of the fact that telecommunications between the two territories of the planet are impossible? And … many other things that we should perhaps ponder over. »
It was the King who responded this time to these remarks from Zehdong:
« I think Haraphat is right on the whole. But as Zehdong said, we should still impose a minimal guidance to the agent. Even if I really don’t see many of the kinds of guidance that should be imposed to him. We should for instance specify at least the persons to whom he should primarily convey the information he will have gained access to. My decision about that is that except Aurntadiop, Dakkota, Ramcess and Mendeleyve, the information shouldn’t be addressed to anyone else except the persons who are currently taking part to this meeting. Concerning telecommunication issues between the two regions, those ones (issues) can be circumvented with visits that some of us will have to do in Luxland. There are anyway many alibis available to us to justify these kinds of visits. The Arian territory is full of tourist spots that are still frequented by many of our fellow citizens. Then there is the project of partnership between the authorities of the two areas I’ve mentioned earlier. These visits will therefore be exploited to allow the agent to make reports through secure telepathic way …»
Adonaye interrupted his remarks and asked a question to Khantt:
« Is it possible to modify the nanoparticles so that secure telepathic communications between the agent and a Zionist be not detected by Arians? »
« Yes of course. They just have to be equipped with processors designed with the help of suitable materials as Lynkhon suggested for the implant. » Khantt replied.
The King resumed speaking:
« OK! Considering all that has been said hitherto, apart from the guidelines I’ve just mentioned, I don’t really see anything else to be imposed to the agent, except the objectives of the mission. However, to refine his improvisation skills, he will have to undergo rigorous and intense training that will consist in experiencing virtual realities before the start of his mission. So when is the designing of the entire test device supposed to end? »
« Er … a day or two? » Gouryhaune responded, making a suggestion of answer in the form of an interrogation addressed to the other participants. The question then triggered approval attitudes from the latter, and Adonaye took the floor again:
« We will then only have to connect the implant to ALICIA. For this purpose I’ll take on causing a visit of Zionist authorities in Luxland, in accordance with the promise made by Ara about the project of partnership between the two nations. I’ll see to it that this visit be scheduled within a reasonable time and that the discovery of ALICIA by Zionist authorities be part of the program of the visit. The ball’s finally in my court. Thereupon I think we should stop the discussions on this point. I will keep you informed of the date of the visit. The other two issues that still have to be dealt with are the solutions for the discoveries performed by Whezan, and the proposals for institutional reforms made also by Whezan. Regarding the solutions relating to the discoveries… »
The meeting went on and was completed about two hours and a half later. It resulted in some important decisions. And it might be interesting to specify some details of those decisions. But in fact, what Whezan discovered exactly? According to the information the microprobes of Whezan gained access to, the Arians would have had to develop certain technologies that could help accomplish some tasks that appear quite strange, tasks that could chill one to the bone. The first of these technologies consisted in a feature of ALICIA that could be activated via an MPU by any Eloha, provided that the latter have at his disposal the activation code. This feature allowed to exercise a number of influences on alpha-gen and gamma-gen components of an Atlantist. Let alone the nature of these influences, the mere fact that Arians have such technology at their disposal was more than surprising. Indeed, long before these discoveries, the only known way an Eloha was supposed to influence these components of the Atlantist was to do it via the Aurntadiop-Shlanne generator and by using a secret code that was only available to the King. And what’s more, after the split of the Kingdom, the program and the tools that allowed to enable this functionality of the SAS were completely revised so that it was not possible to exercise these influences otherwise, except by doing it through the SAS, and by using a secret code unknown to all except Adonaye; at least that is what was intended. These influences consisted in strengthening the capacity of alpha-gen and gamma-gen components as well as causing failures in these components. However, the influences of the gamma-gen component were carried out only through the alpha-gen component. And one of the limitations of this Arian technology was that as long as the Atlantist didn’t disobey to the original law, the technology could only influence the Willpower of the latter so as to push him to violate this law.
The second technology was a kind of chip that, once incorporated into the body of an Eloha, allows ALICIA to perform its functions consisting in controlling the mind and the motor skills of this Eloha. All Arians were equipped with this chip, which was extremely difficult to get rid of.
The third technology consisted in a set of devices having the shapes and roughly similar functionalities of our firearms such as pistols, rifles, machine guns, etc. When used, these devices are supposed to emit intense snaps and to shoot projectiles the volume of which was in the order of a cubic millimeter. These projectiles, if it happened that they hit an Eloha, would exert on him several types of effects: they might cause his death , that is to say put him in a deep state of unconsciousness which proved technologically irreversible although it was theoretically reversible, or they might implant in the body of the victim the chip described earlier. The snaps issued is apparently supposed to weaken the target in order to maximize the effects caused by the projectile.
The fourth technology consisted in a set of devices and objects that could cause explosions resulting in a generation and propagation of force fields or waves shock. These waves shock were capable of disintegrating non-living objects by breaking them into several pieces, reducing them to ashes or dust, or by making them vanished outright. These effects were most often accompanied by emission of particles forming clouds perfectly similar to those usually caused by our explosives. In case these waves shock met a living organism, they were supposed to cause his death much more efficiently than does the third type of technology. Such was the information revealed by the microprobes of Whezan.
After the meeting, the Zionist authorities decided to adopt a range of solutions that simply consisted in reproducing as far as possible these Arian technologies. The SAS already constituted a part of the solution relating to the first technology. Through this generator, it was already possible to exert both positive and negative influence on all components of the Atlantist. Most of these solutions, except that relating to the first type of technology, will therefore not intend to reverse the effects caused by the weapons designed by Arians, but rather to make available to Zionists some means enabling them to possibly prevent Arians from using those weapons for malign purposes (against Zion or against the Atlantist) these technologies, by destabilizing if possible the source and the means of possible attacks from Luxland entities. The decision was however taken to conduct researches in order to make inactive the Arian chip or extract it from the body of a Zionist if it ever got inserted into this body. Besides, it should be noticed that according to some apprehensions previously expressed by Zehdong concerning the presence of an Arian agent in the higher realms of Zionist administration, the Zionist authorities proceeded to check the citizenship evaluation system. But the results of this checking showed no abnormality.
All these facts (the Great Debate, the split of the Kingdom, Whezan discoveries, Arian measures relating to telecommunications and cross-border travels) eventually led to a new state of affairs that seemed to have made more than necessary institutional reforms, as Whezan had been keeping on requiring it since the split of the Kingdom. A bill that aimed to create an organization called GOETHE and that was intended to deal with most of Zion security and defense matters was approved by the participants in the meeting. This bill was to be submitted in due course to the REX, and then to the Voxpringh for approval. This institution was expected to be directly under the authority of the Royal Palace. The decision was also taken to start negotiations with the Arian authorities to create a Zionist diplomatic and consular representation in Arian territory and vice versa if possible. These were the most essential points relating to institutional reforms.
A little less than two years after this conclave between Adonaye and the seven greatest Princes of Zion, the entire elohian population was preparing for an event that seemed about to offer to more than a Zionist the hope of a possibility of reunification of the Kingdom. Many TV viewers, Arians as well as Zionists, couldn’t take their eyes off the television pictures of the first official visit of Zionist authorities in Luxland. But let’s notice it, if this event seemed to offer a ray of hope to many Zionists, it rather just seemed as a curiosity for most Arians. And anyway, the latter didn’t much considered reunification as something especially advantageous for the Kingdom, at least that’s what they claimed. For them, the split of the Kingdom was only an expression of the principle of freedom, which expression was likely to vary depending on the prevailing context. The split of the Kingdom therefore seemed nothing more than a condition for a community well-being optimality in view of the context of the moment, which optimality is not necessarily lower than the one that prevailed before the beginning of the Great Debate. So Arians were just impressed and curious, but the event didn’t lead them to have any hope, as hope relates to an ongoing problem, and quite, they didn’t much seem to perceive any problem on this subject.
The tour that had already started will revolve around three key points, if one excludes the reception of guests, possible dinners and lunches, or any other details of no great importance. The first point consisted in a press conference during which the authorities of the two territories will lend themselves to questions from journalists. The second point was a kind of presentation restricted to a privileged few Arians and Zionists officials; this will be an opportunity for them to discover the administrative structure of the Arian society, the political, cultural and technological innovations performed by Luxland, and the Arian scientific discoveries on the whole. The third point, the most important to the Zionists (one already knows why) will be a tour of the premises housing the bionic system ALICIA, and a presentation of its architecture and functionalities to the visitors. But why was ALICIA specifically chosen among many other technological innovations made by Arians? Some might ask. First, in the eyes of many observers, ALICIA represented the greatest technological innovation made on Elohis since the split of the Kingdom, and one of the greatest innovations throughout elohian history. This therefore constituted perhaps an argument used by the King of Zion to convince Ara to include a specific visit of ALICIA to the program, or it perhaps quite naturally led Ara to include this visit to the program. In any case, things could not really turn better for the Zionist delegation, which consisted of the seven greatest Princes of Zion, who were joined by a dozen other Zionist personalities from the political, cultural and scientific world.
The first two main points of the program had already been dealt with and the tour was at its fourth day. It was about the fifth hour of the morning. These was the time and the day at which the visit of ALICIA was scheduled. This visit already started a few tens of minutes ago. In a room of the building housing the headquarters of the ASDEC, forty people were gathered around a spherical object the diameter of which was about one and a half yard long. This spherical object was suspended in the vacuum, in the middle of the room. As for the room, this one was about 55 yards long, 10 yards wide and 6.5 yards high. This spherical object contained a hollow cubic shape. The cubic shape had an appearance of transparent glass, but was slightly more tinted than the spherical object that contained it. It was revolving around its center of gravity at speeds and in ways that seemed to constantly change in a purely random manner. Its solid part was about five millimeters thick and was covered by a multitude of thin grooves, each of which connected one point of the exterior surface area of the cubic shape to a point on its inner surface area. Each groove had a diameter of one millimeter and had the appearance of a broken line, each section of this line being parallel to four of the edges of the cube. The interior of the cube was filled with a transparent liquid containing a mixture of particle of matter and live neurons of an Eloha. The structure formed by the spherical shape, the cube and the liquid that it contained was the target of the Zionist plan that was designed several months ago, resulting in the Zionist visit in Luxland. To be clear, this entire structure simply represented the famous Arian bionic system, that is, ALICIA. The endings of the grooves on the cube surface areas were the only points where it was possible to connect the Zionist spy device to ALICIA.
After a brief description of the structure of ALICIA by the Arian guide, the latter invited the audience to get into another room of the building to follow a much more detailed presentation on the bionic system. Twenty minutes later, the Arians and their Zionist guests, seating on chairs, still in one of the rooms of the building housing the ASDEC headquarters, were listening with great attention, the scientist-engineer of the ASDEC who had been honored to present to the Zionists visitors the super computer ALICIA.
One thing that is perhaps important to point out about this tour is that friendliness that seemed to reign between Arians and Zionists, and that seemed to give no impression of conflict between two communities which were yet highly opposing on several aspects of the political, social and cultural life. If special efforts were made in this regard, it must surely be by the Zionist authorities that those efforts were made. Most Arians had always had this habit of living through the crisis that was affecting the Kingdom since the beginning of the Great Debate with some offhandedness, which ended up seeming quite bewildering in the eyes of the Zionists since the split of the Kingdom. So one could see Arians and Zionists sitting side by side and making at times some comments during the presentation, giving to the atmosphere that was prevailing in the room an aspect that was downright at odds with the crisis that was undermining Elohis.
The presentation, which was scheduled to last about two hours, already started a few minutes ago, and then the Zionist authorities had only about two hours to achieve their mission, which consisted in connecting the spy device to ALICIA. Because outside the premises of the ASDEC, it will not be possible to do anything, for the sake of technological or scientific reasons. Aware of this fact, the Zionist to whom Adonaye entrusted the heavy responsibility of coordinating the entire operation immediately set to work from the beginning of the visit of the bionic system. Gouryhaune, using an appropriate technology, found it good to scan all the ASDEC premises before initiating any other action. This scanning, which started from the room containing the heart of the bionic system, aimed at assessing the security system that protected ALICIA, to see if all the mission could be achieved without the Arians realizing it. The scanning had been going on since several tens of minutes, and this was apparently sufficient to test the patience of the Monarch, to whom reports were supposed to be made throughout the course of the mission.
« It seems we’re facing a surprise. » The King remarked, during an STC (Secure Telepathic Communication) with Gouryhaune that had just started.
« It looks to me to be the case. But this kind of thing should be expected. We really lacked documentation relating to the bionic system. » Gouryhaune responded.
« What is it? » The Monarch asked to Gouryhaune.
« The solution that we’ve adopted for stealthily gaining access to the external ends of the circuits is entirely inappropriate. ALICIA really seems much more protected than we’ve imagined it. We’re going to explore a different track and I’ll contact you again in a few tens of minutes. But I think we’d better prepare for a possibility of failure. » Gouryhaune replied. These remarks from Gouryhaune immediately sparked a warning from Adonaye:
« Be still very careful. In case of failure it is essential that we leave no trace. » He said.
« Yes I know. We cannot afford to do that. » Gouryhaune reassured the King.
Let’s point out that Elohim have this ability to put themselves in a kind of “superposition of states.” This consists in performing multiple activities simultaneously, without the latter being able to interfere with each other, that is to say, by performing each of these activities with the same readiness of mind, the same concentration and the same effectiveness than what one would have if it (the activity) was the only one that was being conducted. But putting oneself in “superposition of states” can be performed in all its fullness only in certain conditions. First, among all the activities that are being conducted, there must be at the most one open verbal or gestural communication, any other possible communication being telepathic. Then there must be at the most one activity requiring open interactions (versus telekinetic interactions), any other possible interaction being performed by telekinesis. The Zionists, to conduct then all the activities required by the achievement of their mission in parallel with the normal operation of the program of the visit, had to put themselves on “ superposition of states “, so that the average Eloha could see them sitting in the room, following with attention the presentation, being engaged in open communication and interacting most often with their environment, without he (the average Eloha) noticing that parallel activities were being conducted through telekinesis and telepathy. Most of the tasks of the operation were accomplished via telekinetic activations of features of MPU, which one decidedly seemed to be the instrument used to do almost everything in the world of Elohim. The Zionists could even go so far as to make appear holographic images they were the only ones to see and with whom they interacted in telekinetic manner.
While conducting the STC with the Monarch, Gouryhaune initiated another STC with the other members of the team, which ones happened to be Zehdong, Rousso, Khantt, Haraphat, Lynkhon and Whezan.
« Does anyone have another copy of the spy device? » Gouryhaune questioned.
« I think I have at least two copies. » Rousso answered.
« Give me one of them please. We need to make some changes. I’ve been able to make some of these changes but I think I lack expertise for the rest. So I’m sending you the files containing the tasks to be performed in case one of you would have the expertise to do it. Otherwise, if anyone knows someone at the “Base” he should contact him as soon as possible. » Gouryhaune said.
In addition to the team of personalities that were part of the official delegation, a pool of experts was set up in the framework of the mission. Without being informed of the ins and outs of the mission for which they were chosen, these experts were asked to go in Luxland and to stay there until the end of the visit. There were told to give sightseeing as a pretext for this travel in Luxland. The tasks that was assigned to them was to stand ready to be solicited at any time for the resolving of issues related to their respective specialties. It is this pool of experts that was called “the Base”. A few minutes after his last words, Gouryhaune initiated again an STC with his fellow citizens present in the ASDEC premises and involved in the secret mission.
« Does anybody have any solution in mind? » He asked, leading then Khantt to react.
« I’m in contact with someone in Lindastrand and a solution will certainly be found within a few minutes. But I confess that I do not quite catch the reasons for these changes. » The latter said.
« Neither do I. » Zehdong remarked in turn.
These reactions induced some clarification from Gouryhaune:
« Yes, I’m aware of that. You should simply understand that we’ve almost reached an impasse and that the solution I’ve found seems to be the lesser evil. Another solution would have been for example to expound the main problem I’ve just noticed to everyone so that we can have discussions that could lead us to a much more effective solution. But you see that we’re facing a time constraint. This keeps me from getting into further explanation. » He said.
This clarification from Gouryhaune led Lynkhon to react immediately:
« Let’s only hope that we’ll make out without too much damage. I’m sending you my solution proposal. But you would do better to compare it to possible solutions coming from more skilled experts. »
Gouryhaune then spoke anew:
« OK thanks. As Lynkhon has suggested, if someone else has a solution let him send it to me as soon as possible. » He said.
At this stage of the operation, the conference was supposed to end in about 80 minutes, and the step of the visit consisting in questions relating to ALICIA and directed to the experts of the bionic system was underway. Shortly after the last words from Gouryhaune, Haraphat began a new STC discussion with the team members, always in “superposition of states” (SS) mode, and in relation to another problem he had to notice, as will be seen.
« I have no idea of the main problem Gouryhaune has alluded to but I seem to perceive a problem relating to the mission and which in my opinion has nothing to do with the tasks he has entrusted to us. » He remarked.
Haraphat paused for short moment, as if to see if anyone else had seen the problem he was referring to, as if he was searching for some kind of confirmation of his feeling before to express it to his team-mates. But instead of the confirmation he perhaps expected, he rather faced a request for further explanation.
« What is this problem? » Gouryhaune questioned.
« It’s about the spatial coordinates of the external ends of the circuits. Knowing well those coordinates is required for the teleportation of the spy device, but the cubic processor revolves with speeds and in directions that are purely random. » Haraphat replied.
There was about twenty seconds of silence after these remarks of Haraphat, which seemed to express the effectiveness of the problem he had just mentioned. After the moment of silence, the STC went on with remarks coming from Gouryhaune.
« As you see guys I think the mission is becoming almost impossible. Personally I’m not even able to say that I’ll think of any solution. If however someone has extraordinarily a solution, let him make me know it. » He said.
« Can’t we try to estimate the stochastic law guiding the movement of the processor and conduct several random attempts? » Whezan questioned.
Gouryhaune then began to respond to Whezan’s proposal.
« No, it’s to be totally avoided. And now I’m finally going to reveal the problem I faced …»
Rousso suddenly started to speak, interrupting Gouryhaune:
« I think it’s still not worth wasting time in explanations. It seems well that there’s still hope. Certainly, the teleportation technologies we currently have at our disposal operate by spatial location. But I remember having once discovered some theoretical works dealing with teleportation based on other properties of matter and space, such as psychic or vibratory signature. I won’t have time to talk about this theory in further detail but I wish that we solicit as quickly as possible the author of that theory for the problem raised by Haraphat. This author should in turn provide us with some documents relating to his works so that we can together, he and us, ponder over the issue. It is true that we only have 70 minutes left but we absolutely have nothing to lose by doing so. What do you think about that? »
Rousso’s suggestion suddenly appeared to arouse a shred of optimism in Gouryhaune:
« This question is absolutely meaningless! I’m immediately sending you details relating to the problem and all relevant data. Take only care to clarify to the author of the theory that only 65 minutes are available to him. » The latter said.
Seconds later, data relating to the problem were transmitted to the author of the new theory on teleportation. All the members of the team in charge of the secret mission were in turn informed of details relating to this new theory. They all immediately set to work to find a solution to the problem relating to the teleportation of the spy device. But let’s point it out, the task was very far from being easy. The author of the theory just designed an experimental prototype with some flaws, and abandoned the research on the subject for centuries. All then tried their best in order to take the maximum advantage of the works pertaining to the new theory. And the 7 Zionist officials attending the conference allowed sometimes to ask to the experts of the bionic system some questions that could help solve the problem, while still striving to arouse no suspicion about the operation they were conducting. All the members of the “Base” as well as the members of the team attending the conference were involved in this most likely last stage of the operation. If it happened for instance that the operation required some activities that the team members located in the premises of the ASDEC couldn’t perform for one reason or another (lack of expertise, SS mode, etc.), members of the “Base” were then solicited. But tens of minutes after the start of the work on teleportation, no solution seemed to be emerging. The visit was virtually winding down and, as a matter of fact, the closing words were being uttered by Ben Ara in person. As regards to Adonaye, as he didn’t receive any report for several tens of minutes, he apparently began to give up hope, as the following STC discussion he had with Gouryhaune shows it so well.
« Do you think it’s still possible that we make out? I have the feeling that we are heading straight for failure. » The Monarch remarked.
« We’ve just noticed one serious problem. A problem other than the one I’ve mentioned to you before. The previous problem has been solved. The last one is being pondered over but it’s not sure that we’re on the right track on this subject. But as agreed we’ll at least ensure that in case of failure we leave no trace. » Gouryhaune explained.
« Ok it doesn’t matter! We’ll later consider other options. » The King reassured, with a somewhat paternalistic tone.
Ara’s speech was winding down, and the tour in the ASDEC headquarters was supposed to end in only one minute:
«… I invite everybody, especially our distinguished Zionist guests, to take part in the lunch that will take place in a while in the Arian Executive Mansion. So get ready please, as we’ll all be teleported in that place in a few seconds …»
But what had well to happen to her!? As soon as Ara’s speech completed, and to everyone’s surprise, Whezan indeed rushed to the latter, strongly embraced him while being in tears , and not without uttering a few words:
« The Kingdom still needs you dear Ara, the Kingdom needs its unity … » She whispered.
Thereafter and almost immediately, everybody got teleported in the Arian Executive Mansion and Whezan, who was still clasping Ara, suddenly calmed down for a moment, perhaps because of this changing of environment. She then began to improvise a little speech, partly to justify probably the attitude she had adopted, looking very emotive and somewhat confused:
« You … You must be more than one to be surprised by the attitude that I’ve adopted and I really apologize for having upset some decorum. But I think I’m not the only one who was moved by a speech of such great depth, which, for me, if it is not followed by concrete actions and projects intended to strengthen the ties and harmony between the two communities, will appear as one of the most visible expressions of the crisis that the Kingdom is currently experiencing. As for me, I have faith in a return to the old state of happiness in which we were all immersed before we be bombarded with all these problems … that’s … that’s … it’s that ounce of hope I wanted to share with all. Er… So let the party continue. »
There was a round of applause after this improvised speech from Whezan, and everybody were thereafter invited to have lunch.
While the lunch party was underway, in a very relaxed and festive atmosphere, one of the Zionist guests seemed very seriously concerned. “In case of failure, we should leave no trace!”; this warning of Adonaye couldn’t help from ringing in the mind of Gouryhaune like the echo of a sentence of condemnation; “condemnation” because he had just noticed something that was giving him the impression that the King’s wishes expressed through this warning had not been respected. Given the particular gravity of what he noticed, was it more suitable to inform immediately the other members of the team, or wait for the return in Zion before doing it? Such was the dilemma he appeared to be in the grip, almost putting him aside of the festive atmosphere that was prevailing in the Arian Executive Mansion. The visit in Luxland ended on that note, almost to his surprise.
A few minutes after the end of the visit, Ara perceived signals alerting him about the presence of new files on his MPU. He activated immediately some features of this device and various holographic forms appeared. These ones consisted of pictures of ALICIA and its cubic processor, rectangular shapes containing various texts and graphics, etc. Wearing a look that was first marked by a mixture of surprise and concern, his face progressively lit up as he watched these holographic forms. Wearing finally a somewhat mischievous smile, he ended up uttering words that could give the impression that the information he had just gained access to were rather far from being bad. « Everything is finally going as planned! » He said, wearing a look marked by some satisfaction.
To be continued
He had been struggling for two days and a half to unravel the mystery. Sitting there in front of the monitor, he was unceasingly scrutinizing every line of the source code, every word, every letter, every punctuation, vainly hoping to find the magic key that would allow him to take control of all the security and military system of the Empire. He happened to be the last hope of a poor people, a people who had been enslaved for millennia, living in an extreme poverty, which poverty strongly and surprisingly contrasted with the outrageous opulence in which was immersed the world that welcomed him. He discovered this world for the first time just a few years ago, during a long space voyage that completely cut him from his people, and from this paradise island that is Elohis, in the sea of planets that the megavers abounds in. Great was the shock he underwent, when he discovered for the first time the actual form that could take a phenomenon he had previously encountered only in the elohian fictional literature: “social inequalities”. These beings nothing yet differentiated from the citizens of the Empire, but who found themselves confined in underground ghettos especially designed for them, because of a set of circumstances that will never cease to appear to him quite strange.
Those who were the first to take a liking to him on his arrival on this planet were the people of the Empire, which people he discovered first, and at the disposal of which he placed himself because of some of his skills. He was for a long time completely unaware of the existence of a second class of citizens, a class of renegades, who could only have a severely limited access to the host of resources and potentialities that this world overflowed with, by the will of the ruling elite of the people of the Empire. Since then, he decided to be a kind of double agent, working formally and in the eyes of the ruling class of the empire for the sake of the latter, but actually trying to take control of the whole armed forces of the Empire, in order to compel its leaders to manage this world more equitably. After months of careful investigation during which he went so far as to learn very advanced technologies in areas such as cybernetics and computer science, he finally had access to the source code of the program controlling the management of the security and military system of the Empire. But as if all these efforts were not enough, he realized that the source code he discovered was unfortunately encrypted. Further investigation led him to conclude that it would be possible that the letters forming the password needed to decrypt the source code be concealed in the lines of this source code, in a logical sequence that could be some function of all the encrypted source code. He then devised a program likely to allow him to identify those letters. But after more than two days of work, this research remained fruitless.
Was there however really any urgency? That question is worth of being asked especially as the renegades had been living that situation for thousands of years, and as most of them ended up wallowing in this miserable standard of living for that matter. The problem is that engineers and technicians of the Empire discovered that there was an intrusion into the system. Certainly they did not know exactly what this intrusion consisted in, neither did they know its objectives. But the law required that in such circumstances, the program controlling the security and military system be rewritten, and that the whole system be reset in the greatest urgency before to engage in thinking and action to strengthen the protection of all its components. The experts of the system designed then a new program in one week, and the whole system would be reset in less than three hours. This left him almost two hours and a half to possibly achieve his aim.
Just more than two hours later, there was still no solution but a track seemed to be emerging. After several attempts, he managed to identify a series of characters hidden in the whole of the encrypted source code, which series followed a specific logical sequence, and repeatedly produced a group of words constituting a meaningful phrase, “the fine sand of exotic islands”. Believing at first to deal with the password needed to decrypt the source code, he realized that it was not the case. He then said to himself that this sentence must be a clue for the password. It occurred to him to choose the name of the elohian famous city of Lindastrand as password, but he suffered again a failure. He then felt obliged to join his safest contact within the renegades via a remote communication technology.
«Tell me. What does the expression “the fine sand of exotic islands” mean to you? » He asked.
«The fine sand of exotic islands? Er… I don’t see well; but would you tell me the context? » The contact questioned in turn.
«Till now I’ve not been able to identify the password, but the program has provided a phrase that might be a clue, “the fine sand of exotic islands”» He responded.
« I see. » The contact said, « we must be dealing here with scientific or technological concepts. Let me see. »
After a pause of a few seconds, his connection suddenly gave the impression of being about to unravel the mystery.
«That’s it! » The latter exclaimed, « at a time when our scientific knowledge was still very sketchy, some of our scientists postulated that there must be ultra-fine sand grains chemical elements and matter were made of… »
While his connection were getting on with his remarks, our character had the idea to try as password the name of the basic element constituting the matter of the universe that welcomed him, but his attempt proved unsuccessful. He only had fifteen minutes left, but he told to himself that the solution might not be far off. He then tried alpha-gen and gamma-gen as passwords. But he suffered once again a failure. As it happened, he then clearly needed further explanation.
«Do your astrophysical and astronomical theories postulate the existence of universes other than yours? » He asked again to his contact.
«Yes of course. But no scientific evidence for the existence of such universes has been established up to now. » The latter replied.
«What about your legends? Do they sometimes refer to worlds other than yours? Worlds, some of which could be particularly remarkable? » Our character asked again.
«Yes, » his contact responded, « almost all our legends refer to a world of peace, of prosperity and of infinite happiness. »
«Okay that’s good. » Our fellow reacted, « try to do research on such worlds and send me your results in the shortest possible time. I’ll make the same kind of research for my part. We only have 10 minutes left. »
About four minutes later, he managed to collect a pile of documents related to legendary stories alluding to wonderful worlds and scientific writings postulating the existence of parallel universes. Using a program suited for this purpose, he began to perform searches within the textual data contained in these documents by using keywords such as “particles”, “elementary particles”, “micro particles” “indivisible particle”, “chemical element”, and many other keywords. His aim being of course to find some key information; some information consisting in the name of the basic constituent of matter composing the wonderful worlds of which the people that welcomed him alluded to in their legendary stories. After three minutes, his research resulted in three expressions that seemed to be the name of that basic component in three ancient languages of the imperial civilization.
He tried the first expression as a password, but he failed again. It remained only about two minutes to reboot the system when he began its penultimate attempt. He wrote the second expression in the password field, took a deep breath, closed his eyes and pressed the enter key. When he opened his eyes 10 seconds later, what he had to notice stroke him as he finally achieved the mission fate had assigned him by bringing him in this lost world. A clear and readable source code could appear before his eyes at last. He only had one minute left, just the time needed to make the changes that should allow him to take control of the entire system.
However, he suddenly dozed off, while seeming unable to make the slightest movement. He fainted thereafter. Awaking moments later, he found a complete change of scenery around him. This is the effect generally experienced when one makes an unscheduled deactivation of the VWS (Virtual World Simulator). In such circumstances, the player doesn’t immediately regain consciousness when the game is over. So he put thirty seconds to realize that the counter in front of him was showing that he spent only 8 hours in the simulator. The time distortion factor was decidedly calibrated at a too high level. This made Seid (this is the name of our character) understand why the sensations induced by an unscheduled deactivation of the simulator was this time too pronounced. Without even deigning to look around, he made some remarks that seemed to be purported to a visitor who appeared to be near him.
«There must be urgency for sure. » He observed.
«You must have well expected that. As you haven’t locked the simulator. » The visitor responded.
«Not necessarily! Don’t you think that an 8 hours period is still long? » Seid remarked again.
«Guess who wants to see you, » the visitor said, « and this, in the shortest possible time. »
After these words of the visitor, Seid, still sitting on the swivel chair of the simulator, turned slowly by making a rotation of just over 90 °. He slightly looked up, displaying an air of surprise, and began to stare at the visitor who was standing near him:
«If this is a joke it’s really not welcome. » He said.
Given this reaction of Seid, his visitor seemed somewhat surprised. After a brief pause, the latter resumed:
«It’s very far from being a joke…But as I see you must be waiting for something that means a lot to you. » The visitor remarked, still keeping his surprised look.
Seid then realized that the news his visitor was about to bring him had nothing to do with anything he could expect.
«Go straight to the point if I’m wrong. » Seid almost ordered to his visitor. Seid spoke these words while standing up and leading the visitor to another part of his residence. Seconds later, he and his visitor both found themselves sitting in settees, with a few drinks.
«… Actually what is surprising is not so much related to the identity of the person who wants to see you. Rather, it is the reason why he wants to see you that might surprise you. » The visitor said.
«Why on earth do you take pleasure in prolonging the suspense? Don’t you think that the sooner I will get informed the better it will be? » Seid questioned, showing so some impatience.
«Luxland is facing a problem. The worst one since the creation of our nation… »
Seid’s visitor, who happened to be Heykan, a high authority of the ASDEC, began to explain to him in detail the reasons of his visit. The highest Arian authority, that is, Ben Ara, indeed decided, in complicity with Skyndick, Sharon, Heykan and Horvak, to strongly involve Seid in solving the problem discovered by Skyndick. What is surprising here is that Seid had a priori no expertise likely to help Arians to solve this problem. From the design of the Super Computer till the split of the Kingdom, he had always been part of the 25 percent of Elohim located at the bottom of the rankings performed in real time by the Super Computer. And nothing, no fact since the creation of the Arian area, had yet particularly revealed him as an individual who might be endowed with quite exceptional skills. Seid is an Eloha who couldn’t keep his hands off anything, but who didn’t particularly excel in any specific area. He otherwise spent most of his time touring, playing logigram games, and at times tried his hands at playing in movies as an amateur actor.
When Heykan finished to explain to him the problem discovered by Skyndick, and to inform him that Ben Ara wanted to see him as soon as possible for talks related to the resolution of that problem, Seid seemed to freeze. Almost flopping into the settee, he had an arm laying on the back of the seat, the other arm holding a half-full glass that was laid on his thigh. He stared into his interlocutor’s eyes, wearing a look that seemed difficult to decode. That look seemed indeed worried, or even anxious, surely because of the fact the higher realms of Luxland governance system oddly seemed to pin their hopes on him, but also perhaps because of the seriousness of the problem that had just been revealed to him. His look also seemed marked at times by a sort of irony, as if he did not really believe in a part of the information that Heykan had just given away, including his solicitation by Arian authorities for solving the problem. In which case, by this gaze focused on Heykan, was Seid seeking to guess what the latter would well want to play at? It was no doubt the case.
Meanwhile, a few hundreds miles away, specifically in the Royal Palace of Gotthampolis, Zionist authorities were preparing to take stock of the operation they had to carry out in Luxland. All the main participants in the mission were present in the meeting room, except Adonaye and Whezan. Despite the fact that Gouryhaune hadn’t yet revealed to anyone the problem he had been facing since the end of the mission, some of those present in the room, namely Lynkhon and Khantt, appeared seriously concerned and couldn’t stop staring at him. Did these ones already intuitively or telepathically get informed of this problem? This possibility shouldn’t be ruled out. Painfully getting ready to speak, in order to start the preparatory meeting expected to take place before the arrival of the King, Gouryhaune was interrupted by some somewhat terse words from Rousso, who precisely addressed him:
«Since the end of the mission you’ve been wearing such a look that might end up scaring the living daylights out of me. Opportunities aren’t all the same go missing. ».
After these remarks from Rousso, Gouryhaune assumed his most serious and most possible calm air, probably all his courage and his authority too, and finally decided to break the secret, addressing all the participants.
«If I’ve kept the secret until now», he said, « it’s because it’s a very mystery I faced, as you’ll soon realize it. We may well have greatly underestimated the technological feats performed by Arians. I have the terrible misfortune to announce you that the two nanosystems I had during the mission have vanished. And it was during the lunch that marked the end of that mission that I realized it. I first tried to understand how this could happen before I reveal it to you but till now I’ve not found any explanation. That’s … that’s what has been bothering me so much since the end of the mission, thing that has put me in a very special state, which state some of you didn’t have trouble to notice for that matter. »
The meeting room suddenly got as quiet as the grave! All were staring at Gouryhaune although the latter had finished his remarks. They were all wearing amazement looks, which looks however also gave the impression that they were expecting Gouryhaune to speak again. In this case what more could they expect, since Gouryhaune seemed to have been sufficiently clear in his remarks? Possible instructions consisting in the arrangements to make concerning the problem that had been set? Not so sure! Given the nature of this problem, it was supposed to be conveyed to the King, as the latter was the only one who was authorized to take any decision on the subject. In such circumstances, the person who receives the bad news can sometimes strive to repose hope on the fact that what he’s just heard could only be a joke, as the following words from Zehdong shows it well.
«If this is a joke I think it’s not welcome at all. » The latter declared.
These remarks from Zehdong brought a retort of Gouryhaune, who wanted to be perfectly clear about the news he had just announced to his collaborators.
«Do you think that the context is suitable for that? » He said, « we’ve just already suffered a crushing defeat and I don’t think that it’s the ideal moment to go in for this kind of games. »
Everything seemed then very clear there! They all started to look at one another. Thing that clearly showed that they could no more expect anything from Gouryhaune about the news they had just received. There were a few seconds of silence, then Lynkhon addressed a question to Gouryhaune:
«Is he informed about it? »
Speaking of “he,” Lynkhon was of course referring to the supreme authority of Zion.
«Not yet. » Gouryhaune replied.
«It seems that you’ve alluded to technological feats performed by Arians. Do you believe that they are the cause of the loss and that it is they who currently hold the nanosystems? » Lynkhon asked again to Gouryhaune.
«I just wanted by that to hint at a possibility. But I’ve no certainty in the matter. »
This response of Gouryhaune brought new remarks from Lynkhon.
«And I suppose that if you haven’t yet spoken about it to Adonaye it’s because you are convinced that he’s not responsible for these losses. » The latter said, bringing in turn another reaction of Gouryhaune:
«Indeed! If I have no certainty of the thing or the person who stole the nanosystems, I’m nevertheless convinced that some persons can’t be responsible of the loss, and Adonaye is part of those persons. Until I inform you I’ve been even allowing myself to hope that I was the victim of a prank one of you would be responsible. But now I’m unfortunately being more and more disillusioned. »
It was Khantt who had this time to react after these remarks from Gouryhaune:
« What about Whezan? » He asked.
« I’ve already talked to her and I don’t think that she is responsible. » Gouryhaune replied.
In the icy atmosphere caused by the news revealed by Gouryhaune to his colleagues, questions still carried on erupting from all sides and went in all directions. Incidentally, some people like Rousso seemed to have lost the power of speech. The calm this one had been indeed displaying since the announcement of the news was only commensurate with the expressiveness that he used to show in these kinds of circumstances, and also with the intensity of the shock he had just undergone. This icy atmosphere was partly based on a possible disgrace that the Zionist ruling class could suffer, not because of the nature of the mission, but because of its failure. Since the discoveries of Jason, all Elohim, Zionists as well as Arians, were fully aware that the King of Zion had the legal and legitimate right to conduct these types of operations. But beyond this possible disgrace, it was essentially factors related to the effectiveness of the mission, as well as that of any subsequent mission, that justified the anxiety created by the news that Gouryhaune had just given away, especially as no one expected an error of such great seriousness. To leave inadvertently the two nanosystems in the hands of Arians would really be more than simply leaving traces. That would amount to giving up entirely to Arians the only means that the Zionists authorities had up until at their disposal to spy on ALICIA. It would almost amount to postponing to eternity any other mission of this kind, that is to say almost definitely jeopardizing this type of mission.
But suddenly, something seemed to attract Gouryhaune’s attention. Gazing into space, he didn’t even seem to catch the single question that Rousso finally addressed him since the announcement of the loss of the nanosystems. Apologizing thereafter to Rousso and all the others, he invited Khantt to a private meeting in a room adjacent to the meeting room. Once in that room, both stood near a glass window. Then, Gouryhaune, who had both of his hands plunged in the pockets of the jacket he was wearing, with a white shirt underneath, looking somewhat insecure but staring all the same into the eyes of Khantt, began the conversation.
«Can you remember the number of seats that were at your left during the conference that took place in the ASDEC premises? » He asked.
After a few moments of reflection, Khantt began to respond to the question.
«I think yes. There were 5 seats in total. You think you’re on a track? »
This response from Khantt seemed to offer a glimmer of hope to Gouryhaune. The latter started then a long statement:
«I think yes! » He answered, « in fact my MPU has kept a somewhat blurry image of the room wherein the conference took place. So a little while ago I’ve put myself in SS mode and tried to fathom by telekinesis the image to identify the factors that could have caused the disappearance of the two nanosystems. I’ve not been able to identify such factors but instead I got a number of measures which, I believe, are likely to help me identify them. These are . I realized that . I then probed in a slightly more comprehensive way that area and I got .
This scanning has allowed me to know for example that , that , that . I also found that . . I also noticed that . Then . . …»
Since he was not maybe very sure that Khantt was following him pretty well, Gouryhaune paused for a moment, and resumed speaking to make sure that his interlocutor was still with him.
«I hope you’re following me. » He said.
«Oh yes! Perfectly! » Khantt responded, «Only I don’t see yet the light at the end of the tunnel. And to hear you speaking, » Khantt remarked.
Gouryhaune immediately began to speak again after these remarks from Khantt.
«! » He said, « and you’ll agree with me that it’s really very lucky that it be so, provided we be able to take advantage from it. Talking about seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, I’m coming to that; perhaps we’ll see it together. So now I continue expounding the data. . Then . And finally, . So this is all the information that I have and on which I’m intending to capitalize. »
A few seconds after Gouryhaune stopped speaking, Khantt reacted with a barely audible voice, looking both thoughtful and somewhat surprised:
«I see! » He whispered.
«Well I can’t say as much. » Gouryhaune reacted, « there’s a clue that I miss and that’s what I wanted to get at. I think you know what I mean. »
Staring this time into the eyes of Gouryhaune, Khantt responded:
«Are you really convinced of the accuracy of the data? » He asked.
«Absolutely! » Gouryhaune replied.
After a brief pause, Khantt resumed to speak again, while still staring into the eyes of Gouryhaune:
«. » He asserted.
These words from Khantt plunged immediately Gouryhaune into an extreme amazement, an amazement that was proportionate to, or even more pronounced than the one the announcement of the loss of the nanosystems aroused in his colleagues.
« Riddle Break – Riddle N°1
Gouryhaune and Khantt indeed discovered that one of the five people who were sitting at the left of Khantt during the conference about the bionic system ALICIA in Luxland was the one who relieved Gouryhaune of the nanosystems. Could you find this person?
Note: the wording of the riddle is made of the parts of the story that are underlined and that precedes the current riddle. »
Meanwhile, a few thousand kilometers far from Gotthampolis, at the space exploration center of Elvyn, the latter seemed particularly concerned about a topic that strangely seemed to have very little to do with the ills that had been plaguing the elohian society since the moment Jason made his discoveries, which ills where from then on the major concerns almost all Zionists might have. The numerous efforts Elvyn seemed to provide to make a good impression on his collaborator, probably in order to convince her that he was really absorbed in the tasks they were dealing with, seemed very far from achieving the expected goals. The lack of concentration he was displaying apparently ended up coming over this collaborator. This one was named Eckthane. Eckthane didn’t then ceased casting frequent glances at him, focusing in turn lesser and lesser on her tasks. As a matter of fact, she didn’t take long to make a remark:
«We can stop there if you want. » She said, « while you get all your inspiration and all your concentration back again. »
Apparently surprised by this remark, Elvyn suddenly turned his gaze to Eckthane and began to stare at her for a few seconds, wearing a smile that still seemed to aim at making his appearance look good. He made thereafter some comments that didn’t less seem to reach that goal.
«So are you thinking that it’s not the case? » He asked.
This reaction of Elvyn forced a slight smile out of Eckthane. After a few seconds of silence during which she looked thoughtful, she started to respond:
«Well that it’s more serious than I thought. So you didn’t even notice that you’ve answered correctly only two out of the 8 routine questions I’ve been addressing you since the beginning of the work. »
Somewhat embarrassed by this remark of Eckthane, Elvyn almost flopped into his seat. He then swiveled round so as to face the monitor that was near him. He began to look straight ahead, gazing into space, wearing a thoughtful and much more closed look. He kept this attitude for several seconds. He rose thereafter suddenly, put both of his hands in his pockets, and started staring into Eckthane’s eyes, wearing a slight smile once again, maybe just to flesh out, still avoiding to allow the worries that were surely bothering him to show. He then slightly bent forward and put his two hands on the shoulders of Eckthane, and with a very soft voice, began to talk to the latter:
«What about going to walk in the gardens… so that I can better discover your talents as a psychologist. »
These words from Elvyn immediately forced this time a soft laugh out of Eckthane.
«Why do you necessarily want to show yourself so full of flattery? Anyone could simply guess it by watching you. » She said.
«So let me know if you can guess something else by just observing me. » Elvyn responded.
«As you wish. » Eckthane reacted again.
Moments later, Elvyn and Eckthane found themselves in the gardens lining the courtyard of the space exploration center. They both sat down on a bench. Elvyn tenderly hugged then Eckthane by the shoulders and began to silently stare into her eyes, with a hint of gentleness in his look. Wearing a dress giving her the appearance of a young virgin educated in a religious and moral rigor as the one that generally characterizes some fundamentalist religions of the human society, Eckthane was part of the last generation of Elohim. She was yet the oldest and the most trustworthy confidante of Elvyn among the five persons working with the latter in the space exploration center. She had a personality that was somewhat difficult to define. Generally displaying an unrivalled appearance of innocence, of candor, of sensitivity and of emotionalism, she paradoxically became accustomed to assume zen attitudes in some situations that could yet be very destabilizing, even for the toughest of the Elohim. While to the untrained eye she could easily be mistaken for the novice of the team that was in charge of the space exploration center, given especially the look she used to display, Eckthane was nevertheless considered by all her team-mates as the lady of the house, the very one who was really in charge of the space exploration center. She was one of the few Elohim who had never been paired off since the beginning of their existence.
Eckthane, who was therefore staring into the eyes of Elvyn, finally gave after a while the impression to not really understand what the latter was aiming at by silently gazing at her like that. This attitude lasted about twenty seconds. She ended up to react, while wearing a smile that strangely and suddenly seemed to show a deep state of well-being and satisfaction.
«If it’s my talents as a psychologist you’re testing like that I prefer to immediately inform you of the result. It will be negative. »
These remarks from Eckthane had the sole effect of leading Elvyn to look away. The latter began this time to look straight ahead, gazing into space, with a face much more closed. He stopped to hug Eckthane by the shoulders and plunged his hands in the pockets of his trousers. This attitude induced in turn a certain effect on the facial aspect of Eckthane. The smile on her face gave way to a more thoughtful attitude. Let us mention that it seemed to be the very first time that one stared at her with such a gentleness. Although endowed with a great gentleness and sensitivity, probably because of purely random circumstances, she had never dealt with such a context of intimacy before, strange as that might appear. Is this fact that explained the state of well-being and satisfaction that suddenly seemed to invade her? Or was this particular state of well-being and satisfaction only apparent? Did the smile she wore mean something else? About fifteen seconds after the last words from Eckthane, Elvyn finally started to speak for the first time since their presence in the gardens of the space exploration center.
«So you didn’t notice anything? » He asked.
This question suddenly forced once again a smile out of Eckthane, and brought her to react immediately, while staring anew at Elvyn.
«If decidedly the only reason we’re here is to assess my talents as psychologist I’ve already informed you that they are not perhaps as sharp as you think. Now if by chance it turns out that my dear Elvyn has other concerns, he’d rather be much more explicit. He’ll thus perhaps find in me other talents he might need. Why not? »
Following these words from Eckthane, there was again a moment of silence that lasted almost a dozen seconds. Elvyn kept on looking straight ahead, while wearing a closed look. At the end of this moment of silence, Elvyn briefly passed his right hand in his hair and then hugged once again Eckthane by the shoulders. Staring into the eyes of the latter, he apparently decided to finally outline what he seemed to be so concerned about.
«Your dear Elvyn has indeed a no mean concern. And I’m convinced that you can help him. » He said.
Turning his gaze again to keep it straight ahead, Elvyn paused for a few seconds, and began to speak anew, wearing this time a slight smile.
«But contrary to what you claim I’m sure that you’ve already imagined what bothers me; isn’t it? » He asked.
«You must be aware that the elohian mind has this natural tendency to make a representation, basic and possibly false as the latter might be, of all things it only partially knows … »
These words were from Eckthane, and the latter expressed them while smiling in turn. She was however suddenly interrupted by Elvyn:
«Okay, okay! » He said, « no need to prevaricate and to get lost in complex scientific discourse for a problem that requires practical and simple solutions in their formulation… as you know very well anyway. ».
«OK! As you like. » Eckthane responded, « solution N° 1, the individual who faces this kind of problem must express it very clearly. Come on then! ».
This reaction of Eckthane suddenly forced a soft laugh out of Elvyn and brought him immediately to react.
«You’ve got me there! But all’s fair in love and war! Isn’t it? » He said.
«Talking precisely of war and love, I’m well under the impression that it’s one of these two phenomena that is being currently dealt with here… Am I wrong? » Eckthane noticed.
These remarks from Eckthane suddenly brought Elvyn to stare at her in silence, while looking somewhat smiley and astonished the same time. Elvyn started thereafter to look straight ahead again and began to speak without losing the slight smile he was displaying: « I’ve suspected that you know it. So why have you felt obliged to torture me uselessly? » He declared.
The two main managers of the space exploration center continued their private conversation, on a topic that apparently seemed to be somewhat intruder in all the problems that have been mentioned up until in the elohian world. Speaking precisely of these problems, the supreme ruler of Zion was about to be informed of the loss of the two nanosystems. So we are in Gotthampolis, in the Royal Palace, a few minutes after the secret talk that took place between Gouryhaune and Khantt. While having kept from disclosing to the other participants the purpose and the outcome of his private conversation with Khantt, Gouryhaune submitted to them the desire to inform Adonaye immediately and, at the same time, to submit to the latter a postponement request concerning the meeting. All agreed Gouryhaune’s proposal. So Adonaye had just been informed of the loss of the nanosystems, and of the request for postponing the meeting, but not of the content of the talk that occurred between Gouryhaune and Khantt. Welcoming his guest in one of the many lounges of the Palace, the Monarch of Elohis received with very great Zen the news that had just been revealed to him, as one could expect it. Keeping all the same silent for a few seconds and gazing into space, Adonaye ended up to react with a calm and steady voice, while staring at Gouryhaune.
«You agree with me that if it possibly proves that it is the Arians who hold these nanosystems this might greatly limit our room for manoeuvre. » He said, immediately bringing so Gouryhaune to speak.
«Absolutely! » The latter started to reply, « a spy mission in Luxland would become almost impossible and we’ll only have to focus on developing means that may enable us to contain or annihilate the harmful effects of possible activities Arians could conduct, and even to prevent the latter to undertake such activities if possible. Only, we’ll be forced to wait for such effects occur first before conducting any action against Arian forces, knowing that the insufficiency of the information we’ll possibly have on Arians will severely limit our possibilities. But I think we must still keep on hoping. I’m on a track which certainly is not very promising, but which still has some chances of achieving meaningful results. »
As soon as Gouryhaune stopped to speak, a precise detail aroused right away a remark from the King:
«I guess that for the moment you prefer to keep this track secret. » The Monarch observed.
«Yes indeed. » Gouryhaune said, « I prefer to inform you only if that track possibly leads me to quite complex situations while keeping its chances of providing a solution. Do not especially wonder why please. I’m the only person who should take on the entire responsibility for the loss of the nanosystems, and therefore it’s my responsibility to take the required initiatives in finding them. »
Thereupon, Adonaye began to respond:
«Let’s hope things will get better… Please do not hesitate to ask for my help in case you might need it. To say that you’re the only person who should be held responsible for these losses is not at all accurate. If it’s by the means of an unknown innovative technology that the two nanosystems were stolen, then we’re all responsible for the loss. As you’ve already insinuated, it’s greatly in our interest to focus more on the creation of the GOETHE and on the development of military means to deal with possible attacks that Zion and Atlantis could suffer. The problem here is that it could be very embarrassing to accelerate the GOETHE project without having much more information about the true motives that pushed Arians to engage in projects such as the ones discovered by Whezan. I think you see well what I’m meaning. »
The problem just mentioned by the King in his remarks immediately brought a solution proposal from his interlocutor:
«Yes I see. » The latter declared, « my little idea about this point is that we could launch earlier Haraphat’s test, not only in relation to the spy mission, but also to recruit the future security and defense officers. This will allow us to be fast enough in forming the GOETHE without needing the agreement of the Voxpringh. It turns out that submitting the GOETHE project to the Voxpringh requires that we have beforehand sufficient information about the true intentions of Arian authorities, which may take enough time as we already know… What do you think about that? ».
«It’s a good idea. » The monarch responded, « then how long would it approximately take to complete forming the GOETHE? » He asked.
«Just a few months. » Gouryhaune replied, « all the required equipment is already built up. A small team of 10 people is working on improving the program and tools designed by Whezan and that allowed her to make her discoveries …».
As we can see, this failure of the mission carried out by the Zionist authorities in Luxland, far from slowing them down as regards to the adoption of preventive measures against possible harmful actions that could arise from the Arian secret projects discovered by Whezan, rather seemed about to speed things up. Going by the data collected by Whezan’s microprobes, the elohian fictional literature, and the logigram game scenes, the Zionists were able to build up in a few months technologies that were approximately as efficient as those discovered by Whezan. Zionist volunteers were supposed to be recruited and trained to ensure the security and defense of Zion. But as all this constituted a real revolution in the Zionist culture, the Kingdom authorities could not in principle make these recruitments without the agreement of the Voxpringh, in accordance with the principles governing the Kingdom. However, it turns out that in accordance with these same principles that formed the fundamental law of Zion, the level of evidence that were supposed to convince the Voxpringh of the rightness of this type of reform had not yet been reached by the information that was available to the authorities. The spy mission that had just been carried out in Luxland was precisely supposed to help Zionists to achieve this level of evidence, and the GOETHE was scheduled to be completely formed over a minimum period of 5 years. The law however provided for exceptional clauses. In case of force majeure, the King could override the Voxpringh to implement a number of reforms that should in principle require the agreement of that august body.
The failure of the spy mission and the loss of the nanosystems therefore appeared to have produced a real case of force majeure, and it would not be surprising to see the GOETHE completely formed much earlier than expected. Still inspired by elohian literature of fiction and by scenes of logigram games, the training of the future Zionist security and defense officers, in addition to the mastery of the military technologies that were designed, was supposed to include the use of martial arts as techniques allowing to weaken an Eloha by reaching his vital organs. This weakening might consist in causing the death of the enemy among other things. The existence of these vital organs had been established a long time ago by biologists, but it is rather the possibility to severely harm them through the mere physical force an Eloha is endowed with that had not yet been proved. But it happened that the literature of fiction and the logigram game scenes sometimes abounded in fighting techniques using bare hands to harm these vital organs, and most of these types of games or works of fiction were produced by those who were now in the Kingdom referred to by the term « Arians ». So this led Zionists to postulate that Arians certainly had discovered such fighting techniques. A six-person team of specialists in martial arts, biology and physics was then assigned to discover techniques to harm an Eloha by hitting his vital organs. This was part of the “GOETHE” project.
In addition, as Gouryhaune pointed out, the Zionists decided to carry out improvements to the microprobes of Whezan. These improvements were actually part of a larger project, which project was purported to make more efficient the Super Computer. This efficiency improvement was supposed to be done by enabling this system to detect in the whole megavers possible activities likely to strongly enter into conflict with the fundamental principles of the Kingdom. It was then about integrating the functionalities of the improved microprobes into the Super Computer. Because of the respect of the rights relating to freedom and private life, the Super Computer did not indeed closely monitor all the activities undertaken by a citizen. It only assessed any change in the welfare of every individual and identified the Eloha or Elohim that would possibly be responsible for this change. But given the context of crisis the Kingdom was undergoing since the discoveries of Jason, Zionist authorities seemed to have realized that it was more than necessary to boost slightly the capacity of the Super Computer.
Let’s however notice that this Super Computer improvement project was in no way intended to deeply question the principle of freedom and respect for private life. Certainly, after the improvement, the system was supposed to have a view of all the activities every citizen will conduct, but the information it was purported to collect were supposed to be encrypted using an algorithm that will be so complex that even the designers of this algorithm should not have the ability to decode the information once it is encrypted by the computer. The system was only supposed to provide its users with information on the sole activities that may violate the fundamental laws of the Kingdom.
The Zionists were still aware that even an improved version of the Super Computer will work perfectly only in areas of the megavers that were not controlled by Arian authorities. And the discoveries of Whezan did in no way contradict this fact. For the Zionist authorities, these discoveries were due to a fluke favored perhaps by the fact that Arians did not expect that Adonaye should exercise so earlier his sovereign right consisting in conducting spy activities within the territories that are not under his administration. This is precisely why the warning of His Majesty consisting in the fact that no trace should be left was so important. And that’s why the loss of the nanosystems posed a real problem.
Nevertheless, a question that deserves to be asked is whether the Zionist authorities were fully aware of all the consequences that might result from the failure of the mission they had to carry out in Luxland. This question is really worth of being asked because since the end of the mission, Zionists were apparently far from being the only ones to bustle about making arrangements intended to prepare for something that no one seemed to have the courage to express in a clear and explicit way, but that appear to beckon; one is hinting here at a violent and open confrontation between the two elohian nations. Arian political elite indeed also seemed to have been being in the grip of an increased turmoil since the end of the Zionist spy mission.
While the Zionists were struggling about the nanosystems problem, and bustling about setting up the Zion defense and security system, a meeting wearing an apparently extreme importance seemed to mobilize a few luminaries from the Arian political and administrative sphere. This meeting were taking place on the outskirts of the city of Kardem, in one of the private dwelling-places of the Arian supreme leader. The meeting room had a so vibrant decor, combining with an extreme delicacy art and technology, clearly contrasting too much with the heaviness of the atmosphere that characterized what surely seemed to be a conclave. Ara had the idea to convene that conclave barely two hours ago. So one is certainly dealing here with a meeting somewhat wearing the utmost urgency. However, given the personalities who were convened, this conclave was far from being an extraordinary Cabinet meeting. Only two ministers out of the twenty that the Arian republic had were present. Ben Shlanne, the coordinator of departmental affairs, Ben Queyrhape, the head of the DAP (Department in charge of Arian Protection), which was a sort of ministry of defense and security affairs, Ben Skyndick, and finally Ben Horvak, the head of the ASDEC, are the four Arians convened by Ben Ara.
This is a reality in any kingdom or nation, it may happen that some of the most important decisions escape the official channels of decision, such as cabinet councils or parliamentary procedures. Some decisions sometimes turn so important, so delicate, and often so urgent that they can only be made through unofficial channels, and by a sufficiently small circle made of people whose loyalty to the sovereign does not suffer any doubt, or who hold important responsibilities in the nation or kingdom administration system. This phenomenon was otherwise highlighted some time ago in the Zionist area during the meetings that led to the decisions concerning the spy mission in Luxland. The phenomenon in question previously seemed to manifest itself in Luxland too. Since the split of the Kingdom indeed, a meeting between the same aforementioned people took place twice, not counting the one that was about to begin. And both of these meetings seemed to come up with major decisions. According to unofficial news, most of the decisions concerning the founding of the ASDEC were made during the first meeting, and the second meeting took place some time after the discovery of Skyndick; this one produced the latest measures taken by Arians relating to telecommunications and cross-border travels, which measures were later adopted by a cabinet council.
So it is with regard to the personalities convened by Ben Ara, and to the apparent urgency of the meeting that one could say, without being wrong, that a crucial decision was about to be made. The meeting was about to begin and the four guests of Ben Ara were staring at the latter, slightly wearing a mixture of concerned and questioning looks. They well seemed to have been convened to the meeting without being informed of the agenda. And this was indeed the case, seeing that the very first words of the owner of the premises won’t take long to confirm that. The latter began to speak, not without having taken care to look as serious as possible.
« First of all », he said, « I would like to apologize for having possibly disturbed some schedules. You must have already surely guessed it, it’s for a paramount reason I’ve convened you to this conclave. It seems that Elohis is getting to situations which may seriously jeopardize its stability if we don’t take care. As you know we’ve embarked on a number of ambitious and original projects for reasons that you aren’t also unaware of. And you know too that because of what Zionists call ABIF and we, Arians, would be in the grip of according to them, the King of Zion has reserved the exclusive right to carry out spy activities in the territories that are under our authority, in order to make sure if we actually respect the governance agreement of the two parts of the Kingdom. Even though that right is somehow the counterpart of the opportunity that has been given to us to govern the territory of Luxland, I’ve never ceased to be convinced that our King won’t exercise it unless a case of force majeure compel him to do so. And speaking of case of force majeure, the only things I could allude to are the projects I’ve mentioned earlier. Yes, believe me, the only thing that could push Adonaye to exercise his right of stealthy inspection of our territory is that he got wind of our most secret achievements, that is, the design of military and security technologies. If I say that I’m convinced that Adonaye has heard something about these achievements, if I tell you again that I have no fact likely to allow me to prove this belief, you will, I think, understand easily why we’re here. »
After these remarks, Ara paused, as if he wanted first to ensure that his interlocutors had well grasped the unsaid of his words. And it actually seemed to be the case, because when Ara stopped speaking, the looks that his assistants started to wear would have led more than one observer to believe that he had just told them the worst news they ever heard about. Haggard looks, stunned looks, questioning looks, all seemed petrified by these introductory words that came from their leader, and the completely inscrutable face the latter was displaying seemed really not to aim at putting things right. For those haggard, stunned and questioning looks were all given to a single person, Ben Ara. Did the four Arians perceived exactly the problem that their leader was trying to expound to them, and were they then only seeking whether there were a few solutions available to the latter? Or had they only partly grasped what Ara was meaning, while seeking to know what he was really thinking? In all cases, all, except perhaps Ara, plainly looked anxious. There was thus a moment of silence that lasted more than ten seconds after Ben Ara stopped speaking. Probably feeling his collaborators out of patience, Ara ended up breaking that short moment of silence.
« Don’t worry too much because in my humble opinion nobody was hurt, but it was frightening. Although I was not at all convinced that something like that would happen, because it happened during the recent visit of Zionist authorities and it’s me who’s had the very idea of this visit, I’ve still taken some precautions and I think they’ve not been useless at all. But in view of what has been given me to see, I think we should speed things up and immediately implement the GAMMA project. We do not have the choice. Either this project is implemented and its results could allow us to justify the ASDEC project, or even to make us have more allies in case things take a disastrous turn, or it’s not implemented and we’ll then face the risk of getting to a situation of conflict in which we’ll totally be wrong, but that will also be more likely to work against us in the end. We have no choice especially as with the ASDEC project we’ve already put our foot in our mouth. We’re defending an ideology, a cause that is more than noble; that’s the reason why we should not skimp on any means likely to help us reach our goals. It’s in such circumstances that the set phrase “the end justifies the means” makes sense…. With regard to the GAMMA project, I recommend that the FREEMAX program of ALICIA be activated no later than the end of this week, but I leave that to your judgement. So any comment is welcome. »
This second talk from Ben Ara seemed somewhat to surprise his collaborators and brought after a few seconds of silence a reaction from Queyrhape, the head of the DAP.
« I presume you’ve thought carefully about the consequences. » The latter remarked, surely making so a request for a bit more care.
Ara immediately reacted to this remark from Queyrhape:
« It’s a big risk I know. » He said, « but given what I’ve just revealed, I think we’ll be faced with a greater danger if we don’t do anything. Think carefully about it and you’ll see that we cannot really do otherwise. »
After these words from Ara, it was Shlanne who responded this time.
« We don’t really need to get bogged down in pondering over the necessity to launch the GAMMA project. We actually don’t have the choice and we must act quickly. So we’d rather think about the way we should activate FREEMAX …»
Shlanne continued her remarks by addressing Ara.
«… I guess you already have an idea about that. »
Thereupon, Ara, somewhat surprised by this remark from Shlanne, reacted immediately by addressing in turn the latter.
« Would you be doubting the direct route, the one that consists in impersonating Adonaye? »
This question brought a new reaction of Shlanne.
« I think yes. » She said, « it’s true that tests have shown that it’s more likely to help us reach our goals. The problem is that we conducted these tests without fully taking into account the capacity that Zionists could possibly have to oppose the effects of an activation of FREEMAX. I think two main factors unconsciously drove us to adopt such an attitude. The first relates to the fact that Zion is founded on an individualistic, liberal and voluntaristic principle; our subconscious thereby certainly assumed that because of this principle, it’s very likely that Adonaye won’t prevent the couple of Atlantists to be exposed to influences that might lead them to violate the original law, even if they happened to be aware of these influences. The second factor is that we didn’t anticipate that Adonaye will exercise so soon his right to spy on our activities. We then also perhaps thought that it’s highly unlikely that Zionists be aware of the GAMMA project, and that they won’t therefore have time to develop technologies capable of opposing the implementation of this project. But in light of the information you’ve just delivered, we should in my opinion reassess the various possibilities of the FREEMAX program activation, taking this time into account any factors that might conflict with the effects of this activation. As a precaution I already allowed myself to do this test before. I’ve realized that the method consisting in confronting the Atlantist with a Phase 5 type living being (animal) in a logigram vision occurring when the Atlantist is asleep (dream) is one that has the best chance of resisting the SAS. If you perform this type of test you’ll realize that this outcome stands out without any ambiguity. So in light of this new situation, what method do you think is the best? The direct route or the Dream? »
The conclave thus continued and lasted almost two hours, consisting essentially in discussions related to the issue raised by Shlanne. But what in fact cover the expressions “GAMMA project” and “FREEMAX program” that were mentioned during the conclave? Let’s remember that all these events that totally disrupted the structure of the Kingdom, that is to say the Great Debate, the split of the Kingdom, and all their corollaries, were caused by a divergence of views between Elohim on the intellectual characteristics and the degree of freedom that the first couple of humans should enjoy, so as to lead to a human society capable of experiencing a harmonious development. So according to their views on this issue, Arians decided to take initiatives in boosting the intellectual abilities of humans and make them sufficiently autonomous, that is, independent of the SAS, and therefore of the Zionists and Adonaye. It is the set of all these initiatives that was called “GAMMA Project “.
In fact, being convinced of their point of view, Arians first planned to create on Atlantis, or somewhere else in the megavers, Phase 6 type living beings satisfying characteristics that are different from those of humans, that is to say beings with a lesser degree of freedom, but endowed with higher intellectual abilities. They however realized that this was almost impossible for reasons related to the existence of the SAS generator. The latter indeed seemed to emit throughout the megavers waves that were intended to render impossible the design of living beings that would be at least as advanced as terrestrial animals. Given this constraint, the Arian authorities finally decided to settle for initiatives such as those consisting in the “GAMMA Project”. The implementation of this project mainly depended on some features of ALICIA. The activation of these features was supposed to expose the first couple of humans to a number of influences, which influences should lead them to violate the original law. It is the set of all these features of ALICIA that is called “FREEMAX program.”
The violation of the original law happened to be in fact a sine qua non of the success of the “GAMMA Project”. This is first explained by the fact that the FREEMAX program could only work on the first couple of humans; then, the final goals of the GAMMA project, that were a greater autonomy, a greater degree of freedom, and increased intellectual capacities a human was supposed to enjoy, could only be achieved if one of the ancestors of this human were to violate the original law. But the risk inherent in the GAMMA project was that the violation of the original law was supposed to de facto limit the life expectancy of each member of the future human society, causing so a risk of extinction of the latter. Arians certainly thought that some components of the GAMMA project, namely the ones which aimed at improving the intellectual capacities of humans, could substantially reduce this risk. This is simply due to the fact that living beings endowed with enough advanced intellectual capacities are expected to manage their processes of procreation and their living environment so as to ensure a harmonious and sustainable development of their species. Nevertheless, the aforementioned risk remained, and what’s more it was even high, because the most certain way to ensure the sustainability of the Atlantist population was to lead the first couple of humans to reach a minimum threshold of intellectual performance before they cease to procreate. So one can easily understand why Ara’s proposal consisting in the implementation of the GAMMA project initially seemed to raise some concerns on the part of his collaborators.
But as we’ve seen during the discussions, all seemed to finally engage in the way proposed by Ara. There must be good reasons for this, and some of these reasons seemed to have been raised by Ara for that matter, through certain remarks the latter made during the conclave. The reason that was exhibited the most, among all the ones that pushed the Arian authorities to design the GAMMA project, was to defend the Arian point of view concerning the Great Debate. Arians believed that for the test to which the human couple was subject be sufficiently reliable, this couple should not be simply exposed to the apparent attraction of the forbidden fruit. Arians thought that the first couple of humans should be increasingly subject to influences that may suggest them to violate the interdict. Besides, this topic was the subject of discussions between Arian and Zionist authorities. These discussions led Adonaye to reassure Ara that he will later take into account the Arian point of view; the King however thought that one should first test the human couple in order to check if the mere apparent attraction of the forbidden fruit could lead to a violation of the original law.
The espionage attempt made by the Zionist authorities in Luxland seemed nevertheless to have revealed other reasons, or given birth to them, which reasons were most likely not known by the Zionists. These reasons consist of justifying the ASDEC project on the one hand, and making a greater number of allies in the event of a future confrontation between Arians and Zionists on the other hand. If the second reason could be easily understood in light of the nature of the GAMMA project, how could the first one be explained? The main purpose of the ASDEC was to protect the Arian territory against external aggression. Well, it was scientifically established that apart from Elohis and Atlantis, no other region of the megavers contained living beings. Given that the human population only consisted for the moment of two advanced living beings whose abilities were moreover significantly lower than those of the Elohim, the Arian authorities thought that if Zionists were to realize certain aspects of the ASDEC project, they could conclude that it’s against Zion that the ASDEC was set up, and therefore quickly take some initiatives in order to launch some attacks against Luxland.
But in case the GAMMA project happened to be implemented without the Zionists becoming aware of it, the latter would only notice the result with some surprise; that is to say (speaking of result), human beings endowed with greatly improved capabilities, but whose existence is not influenced by the founding principles of the Kingdom. Arians could then argue that this might be due to some design flaws, and that they had been suspecting these flaws for a long time, which partly determined their stance in relation to the Great Debate. They would then be able to affirm that it’s because of these suspicions they had to launch the ASDEC project, especially as they didn’t know exactly how fast the human population could change in number and capacity. They were certainly aware that the Zionists would have trouble believing them. They were nevertheless convinced that as long as those ones are not able to prove that it is they, Arians, who are at the root of the problem that will be found in humans, they (Zionists) won’t initiate any action against Luxland, which was supposed to give them (Arians) clearly enough time to possibly launch an attack against Zion. It’s all this that therefore justified the necessity and urgency of the conclave convened by Ben Ara. This one (speaking of conclave) ended with a decision unanimously accepted. This decision consisted in activating the FREEMAX program of ALICIA using the Dream method.
Two months later, at the other end of the “corridor-universe” that is Prokcyss, like a diamond grain lost in the vastness of a desert of stones, the planet Atlantis, which kept on transforming, was gradually contributing to make attractive all a universe that was predominantly populated by stars and planets hostile to animal and plant life. Of all the places covered with vegetation and located on the seabed and everywhere on the surface of land, Atlantis seemed to proudly brandish a particular one to anybody who would like to pay attention. It turns out that this place was clearly distinguishable from all the others by its rather special brilliance and beauty. One will certainly not go so far as to say that this quite unique place could compete in beauty with some areas of Elohis, but it would really be an understatement to say that none of our best current botanical gardens and parks seemed to be truly qualified enough to help getting an idea of its splendor.
And as icing on the cake, a couple of humans endowed with sublime bodies, having a skin wearing a tenderness and sweetness like no other, as if the ambient air itself was a most innovative cosmetic product, was happily playing in this garden while maintaining it with a carefree of adolescents discovering for the first time an idyllic life. This insouciance and candor that characterized this couple were particularly highlighted by the fact that their bodies were completely stripped off, which was quite understandable, seeing that being the only advanced living creatures on this planet and having for the moment thoughts devoid of any sexual desire, from who else could they hide some bodies that were moreover absolutely wonderful and didn’t deserve in no way to be covered, even partially. Although they looked like young people aged between 25 and 30 years, like Elohim, this couple of humans must be at least 100 years. So they had been living an almost carefree life, a life of lovers, for at least 100 years, without meeting hitherto any major problem, whether in terms of interpersonal relationships or in the field of the relations they had with their environment. But this beautiful harmony had seemingly been being somewhat disrupted for several days, and this unfortunately seemed to put the couple in a situation that was anything but comfortable.
The man no longer seemed for some time to recognize the one who’d always been with him, the one he’d always loved, and he was still loving, but who’d been seeming to respond to that love in a totally unusual way for a few weeks. As regard to the woman, this one seemed to adopt attitudes that seemed entirely strange to her partner, which attitudes the latter was not at all accustomed to, and which were therefore very far from fully satisfying him. The transformation undergone by the woman should yet apparently prove quite beneficial for the man. But it was not unfortunately the case, and this could be explained by the fact that any rational being sometimes tends to first develop an aversion for certain types of changes wrought in his living environment. What was it exactly about?
The man and the woman always lived in fact in this garden with some quite basic knowledge, some knowledge that forged in them a certain living style to which they became accustomed. This knowledge was of two types. There was the one related to the realities of a distant world they had never known, but of which a stranger who used to occasionally visit them often spoke. This stranger who had exactly their appearance introduced himself to them as he who begot them, as their Father, and then they always regarded him as such. Then there is the type of knowledge related to their world. This one mainly consisted of identifying and differentiating some of the plants and animals that lived in their environment, identifying plant species that proved beneficial for consumption, identifying areas of the garden that can be used as shelter (caves, caverns), etc. Most of this knowledge, especially the kind relating to the distant world, was lavished by the stranger who introduced himself to them as their Father. Nevertheless, throughout their hundred years of existence, they acquired by themselves some other kinds of knowledge, especially those of the second type, and it was partly at the level of these kinds of knowledge that a problem appeared to arise.
The woman seemed indeed to have suddenly acquired a greater insight seven days ago. An insight that had been allowing her since that moment to manage more efficiently issues the resolution of which required the second type of knowledge. But in fact, this change could have remained longer imperceptible to the man, and might have posed no problem for that matter, if the woman hadn’t also undergone some personality transformations as regards interpersonal relationships management. Juliet no more seemed to react to the cuddles given to her by Romeo in a manner to which the latter had always been accustomed. The lady even seemed sometimes, at the mere sight of the gentlemen, to adopt attitudes that left this one totally perplexed. These attitudes and reactions of the woman mainly manifested by some discomfort, some feelings of wanting one thing and its opposite at the same time, and even by some fears the man could not understand at all and which plunged him in turn in a certain anxiety, but especially in a kind of frustration. A frustration certainly due to the fact of being unable to take advantage of something that essentially contributed to his well-being, and an anxiety probably related to the fact that he was not really convinced that he was still dealing with the same person, with the very one he had always known. All this sounded like a love story between a young virgin adolescent knowing nothing at all about sexuality, considering therefore love in a purely platonic manner, and a pretty sexually mature young lady who was nevertheless terrified to adopt attitudes that may shock her beloved.
This situation lasted almost a month. After this period, the woman, certainly being no longer able to stand the atmosphere that was prevailing, finally resolved to reveal to the man something she had been trying to keep secret for nearly two months. This happened one evening, when they were about to fall asleep. This was the period the woman certainly found the most suitable in view perhaps of the gravity of what she intended to reveal to her man. After taking all possible precautions, she confessed to her man that she had violated the interdict, eaten the forbidden fruit. The words of the woman suddenly startled the man, immediately leading him so to almost rise from his bunk. He got seated, being a little away from his ladylove, watching her carefully, with surprise and great anguish, without uttering a word. This anxiety was amply justified, especially as they were both supposed to be aware of the most disastrous consequence entailed by the violation of the interdict, that is, inevitable death. This is a phenomenon they already used to notice in other species and which, in the way they perceived it, should amply suffice to dissuade any sane person to engage in ways that are the most capable of providing welfare that might be as intense and real as possible, if it turned at the same time that death could result from these ways.
Having thus probably anticipated this kind of reaction from her man, the woman immediately took care to soften the shock she caused him by engaging in some attempts of justification. The violation of the interdict appeared to be the result of a dream she had a few days earlier. In that dream she had a communication with a snake who suggested her to eat the forbidden fruit. The argument she received during this dream as regards to the violation was that the fruit in question rather had multiple beneficial effects. Once awaken, she completely trivialized the dream at first. The problem was that after that dream, her impressions vis-à-vis the forbidden fruit gradually began to change. She began to find the fruit more attractive. After resisting during two weeks the cravings that were aroused in her and which couldn’t stop getting intensified as the days went by, she ended up cracking. She ended up cracking for a simple reason. She told herself that their Father could not allow that she had such a degree of desire for something that was forbidden to them and that was fatal. She then deduced that they must have misunderstood the instructions of the Father.
Though she expected at first some discomfort after having eaten the fruit, she noticed none of that. Instead, she suddenly felt more quick-witted, thirstier for knowledge, more discerning towards some of the lifestyles they had adopted, and she even felt greater physical and mental well-being. All this reinforced her belief according to which they must have really misunderstood the orders of the Father about the forbidden fruit. Is-not he who asked them to cultivate the garden and oversee the development of other animal species? Well, it happens that after having violated the interdict, she began to develop ideas that might help them accomplish this task with greater efficiency. But at the same time, as she became much more alert to what used to happen in their living environment, her attention was particularly caught by the reproductive phenomena in other animal species. Drawing a certain parallel, she ended up understanding that some roles they had not realized hitherto might be assigned to the genitals they were endowed with. This, especially as the erogenous zones of her body seemed to have become much more sensitive since the violation of the interdict, surely because of some effects caused by the consumption of the forbidden fruit; so she thought that this was due to the consumption of this fruit, thing that precisely explained the discomfort she sometimes felt when she happened to have physical, or even just visual contact with her man. This latter effect could therefore result from the fact that the forbidden fruit was likely endowed with aphrodisiac properties too.
After having received all these explanations, the man suddenly calmed down and became quite thoughtful, but the anxiety he was in the grip of did not seem to go away one iota. Having probably realized that the woman was misled, he became more sympathetic to her, approached her, and, tenderly hugging her, he began to tell her a few things she must be unaware of, or which should have escaped her. The stranger, the one they considered as their Father, once spoke of a powerful and cunning being who lived in the same world as him; he told them that they should absolutely beware of this being. He even warned them that the being in question might appear to them under the most unsuspected shapes. So it was surely that living being who deceived the woman. The damage was however done and the man, anguished by the fact that a time will come when the one he had always been accustomed to will leave him, will pass away, was already feeling some frustration for not fully enjoying her presence, seeing that she gave the impression of not being able to meet suitably his emotional needs, and vice versa for that matter.
In such situations, there were only two solutions. They could decide to wait until the next visit of the Father to explain the problem to the latter; incidentally, this is what they decided to do first. But almost a week later, this visit had been taking a long time to come and that seemed a bit much for them. The man then decided to adopt the only solution that remained, namely to conduct a levelling down as regards the living standards attached to them by the Father, provided he found his sweetheart, provided he found his lost love. The man simply decided in turn to violate the interdict, so that he and his beloved be cast in the same mould. No sooner decided than done.
Meanwhile, three Zionists, Adonaye, Gouryhaune and Rousso, happened to be meeting in a residence located in Laddyleigh. That residence belonged to Rousso. Although the reasons that caused this meeting had very little to do with the main burning on-going issues, the three prominent Zionists took advantage of that meeting to discuss these issues. They nevertheless all seemed not to be for the moment aware of the event that just occurred at the other end of the corridor universe that is Prokcyss, on the planet Atlantis, and in relation to the GAMMA project. The talks they were then having were focused on the nanosystems, the spy mission projects, and the improvement opportunities of certain aspects of the GOETHE.
Something seemed to enthrall the King when he was fully immersed in a talk, speaking particularly about the possible role of the future Atlantist population, which role the latter could eventually play in the resolving of the troubles the Kingdom was going through. Suddenly interrupting his remarks, he started gazing into space, kept that posture for a few seconds, looking both amazed and concerned. This state of surprise and concern didn’t take long to seize his two subjects, who kept staring at him. Adonaye thereafter resumed speaking, in a very calm tone, as if speaking to himself, wearing a look that turned from surprised and concerned to impassive: « a hallucination? » He said. He then turned his gaze to the space located in the middle of the living room, the very place where they were sitting. A holographic image appeared at the area he stared at.
This hologram looked like a three-dimensional image of the Atlantis area inhabited by the human couple. The picture showed a scene of life in which the human male seemed to be at first the only advanced being. This scene of life displayed later another living being who had the same appearance as the human male, but who was dressed. Then the human female appeared. There seemed to be some dialogues between the three characters. After having carefully observed the scene, this one disappeared and our three Zionists, seized by a kind of silence, looking all-stunned, began to exchange seemingly very concerned and questioning looks. They kept that posture for about twenty seconds. Rousso thereafter spoke, breaking so the silence that prevailed. He began his talk in a very quiet tone, but with an air that well betrayed a certain frustration and anger that seemed to have seized him.
« I would really and sincerely believe that we’ll not prevaricate long on the possible causes of the abomination we’ve just seen. » He said.
After these words, silence prevailed anew for a few seconds. This moment of silence was this time broken by Gouryhaune, who began speaking in a very quiet tone, not without having first expressed a deep sigh, wearing an inscrutable look, and gazing into space.
« First of all you should know that it’s all about principles, facts, and evidence. And at the pace things are going, it’s the poor human beings who are running from now on the risk of paying a high price. They who’ve not asked to be designed. This is what especially concerns me. »
After these remarks from Gouryhaune, who seemed to particularly address Rousso, the latter reacted immediately, giving the impression that he was a bit exasperated by the more serious turn things were taking, and that, to that effect, he wanted to say things he considered very important. Almost slumped until then onto his seat, he sat up straight and began his remarks by staring alternately into the eyes of Gouryhaune and those of the King.
« I think you (speaking of Gouryhaune) have just pointed out something very important that should not escape us; I’m alluding to the risk human beings are running from now on. Certainly, the human couple, especially the male, cannot be entirely excused as regards what has just happened; but let us not forget that they’ve thus opened the door to propitly and genetically transmitted malfunctions at the future human population. And we all know what that means, namely living creatures who may end up in any place of their living environment overnight, while being often faced with the most unthinkable difficulties, without having any knowledge of the reasons and goals of their existence. It’s true that at the scale of cosmic time, the length of the period during which each human being is from now on going to endure suffering is extremely insignificant, since he’s supposed to return to nothingness because of his life expectancy, which is now limited. But try a little to look at things from the perspective of the human himself. I believe that by observing the problem from this angle, it will appear sufficiently clear and compelling to iron out quickly enough this problem by possibly activating the ZL protocol . »
Rousso stopped speaking and always kept on staring at the King and Gouryhaune, certainly awaiting a response from them, as regards the proposal he had just made. Let’s notice however that Rousso’s remarks immediately led Gouryhaune to suddenly wear a look of surprise; this one turned his gaze toward Adonaye for a few seconds, to begin staring anew into the eyes of Rousso, and ended up asking a question to the latter, which question was perfectly revealing of the state of surprise that was aroused in him.
« If this allusion to the ZL protocol only purports at making us more aware of the very particular seriousness of the problem I think you really didn’t need it. Or would you know by chance something we’re unaware of? »
Gouryhaune’s remarks called again a reaction from Rousso.
« Don’t worry. I don’t have any secret information that could be particularly worse than what we’ve just seen. But I seriously think that we’d better consider an activation of the ZL protocol. Look carefully at the turn the events had been taking since the Great Debate. Don’t you think that we should have an attitude much more proactive and energetic than what we’ve adopted till now? »
After this remark of Rousso, Gouryhaune tried to react when he was interrupted by the King, who had adopted an almost pensive and observing attitude up to then. Adonaye began his remarks by giving first the impression to specifically address Gouryhaune.
« Don’t be too much surprised by this allusion to the ZL protocol. Rousso had perhaps intuitively grasped something that I must now reveal to you. The truth is that it’s the very governance system of the Kingdom which is targeted by Ben Ara. To make it simpler Ara shouldn’t certainly find it appropriate that Adonaye alone has the right to have the supreme power in the Kingdom of Elohim. And this, I knew it during the meeting I had with him in the gardens of the Royal Palace as part of the preparations for the spy mission we conducted in Luxland. He was not very clear but the unsaid of his remarks easily and clearly betrayed his mind that day. And that has led me too to ask twice to myself since the failure of the spy mission if it was really not appropriate to activate the ZL protocol. Here is my dear friends a piece of information you may not have but you should now take into account because of the increasingly worrisome turn things are taking. »
There was again a silence that lasted a few seconds after the remarks of Adonaye. Even if it can be considered that Ara already gave them a hard time up until, the revelation really seemed to be huge for Gouryhaune and Rousso. But though that revelation was in principle the most catastrophic of all the upheavals that the Kingdom had suffered till then, Gouryhaune and Rousso seemed to receive it with much more composure, relatively to events such as the discoveries of Jason, or the split of the Kingdom. All Elohim seemed well to gradually get accustomed with the profound changes their world had been constantly undergoing since the beginning of the Great Debate. And who knows? Perhaps Gouryhaune and Rousso were expecting from then on some news that could be worse than what they had just received, although the reaction of Rousso, who was the first to speak after the moment of silence, might give the impression that despite the special severity of the situations the Kingdom went through till then, some facts may never fail to surprise some of the most talented elohian minds.
« This information », he said, « was well worth being revealed. It’s true that my allusion to the ZL protocol results from the fact that I’m expecting from now on the worst about Ara, but I’ve never expected at all this kind of information. Yes, really not …»
Rousso continued his remarks by addressing Gouryhaune, who had been remaining pensive since the last words from Adonaye.
«… Do you still think that my proposal consisting in an activation of the ZL protocol is too exaggerated? »
Gouryhaune remained once again thoughtful for about seven seconds after this question from Rousso before responding to it, not without having first made himself look as assured and adamant as possible, giving so the impression that the long moment of silence in which he was immersed after the last remarks from Adonaye had not been vain at all.
« Yes! » He answered, « I would even say that I’m more convinced of this than I was before we receive the information that has just been revealed. To justify my point of view, I’ll use a fiction we’re often confronted with in logigram game scenes, and which is sometimes also present in some novels and movies; it’s the phenomenon of quicksand. You know well that when a person get sucked in quicksand, he would only worsen the situation if he tried to escape it by struggling with force. Do not forget that the biggest problem we’re facing here is not the person of Ben Ara, but rather the ideas, the theses he tries to defend. Try to eliminate Ben Ara, either by plunging him into a state of deep unconsciousness, or by forcing him to subject himself to the principles of the Kingdom, or by reducing to nothingness his nuisance capacity forever, as long as you don’t succeed in destroying completely in the mind of all those who will be expected to form the new society you’re planning to build the ideas on which Ara is basing to embark on this unfortunate adventure, your initiative will certainly be vain. Either you’ll build a society free of conflict and visible tensions, but which will surely be marked by a very strong restriction of freedoms, and thus frequent or even permanent dissatisfaction at the level of his members. This is not the society we knew before the Great Debate and I don’t think it’s what we want to achieve. Or you’ll get a situation in which the Kingdom will frequently be marked by crises such as those we know now; these crises might be solved one way or another, but as long as you don’t manage to destroy in the minds of all the ideas on which these crises are based, their resolution will only be temporary. In all cases, the result would be a much less favorable situation than it was before the Great Debate; which would mean a failure.
It’s true that I don’t totally rule out the use of the strong-arm tactic in resolving this crisis. But in my opinion it should really be used only in case of force majeure, and moreover, its use may not necessarily require the activation of the ZL protocol. I’m now turning to the heart of my proposal for the resolution of the crisis. As I’ve already implied it, it consists in taking initiatives to destroy in the mind of the greatest possible number of Zionists, Arians and Humans, the idea that it’s possible to build a society that is supposed to be viable over an infinite period by basing on principles that may come into conflict with the fundamental laws of Zion. And there is no better way to achieve this by counteracting the least possible the initiatives Arians will take to achieve their goals. This, especially as I’m sure that Ara is seeking to use among other things a method similar to some extent to that I’m currently advocating. Clearly, whenever the opportunity is given to him, it’s quite obvious that Ara won’t hesitate to cause facts and events likely to convince Arians, Zionists and Humans that a harmonious and prosperous society can be built without the key principles founding the Kingdom of Zion. He believes that if a significant number of advanced beings came to be convinced of this thesis, this might allow him to more easily reach his ultimate goal, which goal is eventually becoming increasingly clear, namely to get the supreme power in the whole elohian world. I therefore think that we should let him do as much as possible. But he’s surely preparing the same time to use the strong-arm tactic, first toward Humans, but ultimately towards Zion. We should then let him do while taking nevertheless a number of measures:
First, communicate the fundamental laws of Zion to a maximum number of human beings;
Second, protect as far as possible the physical, but especially the belief of the human beings who’ll embrace the fundamental laws of Zion;
Third, prepare to wage war against Luxland when Ara triggers this war. Because sooner or later he’ll trigger it, and this will probably happen when he thinks that the persuasion solution is reaching its limits.
All these measures will in my opinion ultimately allow to build a new and better community. A community made of Zionists, unmarked Arians and redeemed Humans, and in which each member will fully be aware and convinced that nothing viable can be built without the fundamental laws of Zion, given the evidence that history will have shown to all. This is briefly what I’m advocating…Now I’d like to know what you think about it. »
There was once again a moment of silence after these words from Gouryhaune. Adonaye and Rousso stared at each other for a moment, as if each of them was trying to guess what the other might think of the argument they’ve just heard about. They both began thereafter to stare at Gouryhaune, and the Monarch of Zion, still wearing a closed look, spoke up, addressing particularly Gouryhaune.
« We may have time to examine more in depth the proposal, but it seems to me that it’s not bad at all. I would nevertheless already like to make a small contribution to the first point of your solution, which point seems particularly interesting by the way. I think we should take into account the “psychological principle of acclimatization through virtual incentives” when the fundamental laws of the Kingdom and the realities of Elohis are communicated to human beings. I suspect all the same that you’ve already thought of that… Haven’t you? » The King observed.
« Not really », Gouryhaune responded, « but it’s a very good idea! » He went.
It is important to pause here for a while in order to define what the King meant by “psychological principle of acclimatization through virtual incentives”. The psychological principle of acclimatization through virtual incentives, or the law of virtual incentives is a scientific law which states that when an individual seeks to adopt a lifestyle that consists among other things of a number of beliefs, and this, because he’s prompted to it by some benefits that are supposed to result thereafter from the adoption of this lifestyle, he’ll aim at getting perfectly used to it (talking of lifestyle) so that it will even be impossible for him to depart from it, this, when he actually benefits from these advantages and when he realizes the truthiness of the beliefs related to the lifestyle in question, provided he never sufficiently received rational evidence of such benefits and beliefs while he was trying to get used to that lifestyle. These benefits will be all the more numerous and great given that one has not been too much aware of the evidence concerning the beliefs, one had strong convictions in them, and one has provided great efforts to get accustomed to the lifestyle. In other words, “blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed”. »
After his last words, Gouryhaune made a pause. He began staring at Rousso. This one was indeed staring at him, looking thoughtful. Gouryhaune broke then the pause by seemingly addressing Rousso.
« It seems to me that Rousso had a few problems. » He remarked.
These words from Gouryhaune immediately called a reaction of Rousso.
« Huge profits are likely to result from your proposal. » The latter said, « I do not disagree with that. And I’m all the more embarrassed given that it’s quite original and apparently very effective. I’m embarrassed because of a number of things you surely must have thought about. You must know what I mean and I would like to know in turn what you recommend about that. »
Thereupon, Gouryhaune began to respond straightaway:
« As I see you recognize that the method has definite advantages, that’s something. Concerning the cost, seeing that it’s certainly what’s bothering you, I’ve actually thought about some solutions. They certainly not seem very effective, but as Adonaye has suggested, we could do more research to find more effective solutions in this regard. I know that we’re all particularly caring about the very extreme suffering that many Humans will probably undergo because of what we’ve just noticed. Even if each human being is supposed to endure this suffering over an infinitely negligible period, the fact remains that this is a moral and sentimental huge cost to bear, especially when one looks at things from the perspective of the human being as you’ve emphasized. Until we’ve found a real solution, what I propose is to take some measures so that the human beings who will have not adopted the Zionist principles don’t be completely reduced to nothingness. It will be about ensuring that the data and elements that are necessary to recreate these ones be kept for a while, just to think about what we could do with those data and elements before possibly deciding to completely destroy them. »
These remarks from Gouryhaune brought about another reaction of Rousso:
« Law of virtual incentives … » he whispered, looking thoughtful. After a short pause, he went, speaking more distinctly: «… it finally seems that it explains a lot of things from some inspiration I’ve just had. I’ve just perhaps perceived a consequence of this law that had never been proved till now. It could be demonstrated later but it stipulates that the safest way to design completely free living beings, that is to say beings endowed with a high-degree of free will, but who are unable to deviate from the fundamental laws of Zion, is to do it through a process of virtual incentives. Incidentally, I’m also realizing that we, Zionists, are probably the products of a process of virtual incentives. If in our case this process took time to sort out the Zionists from the Arians, contrary to what may happen concerning the Humans, it’s because the living conditions of these ones will be immeasurably less favorable than ours, and because their knowledge of the laws and realities of the megavers will be immeasurably less advanced than ours. The whole skeleton of the elohian science, namely the GTW (General Theory of the Worlds), is indeed based on the fount of knowledge principle , which, though being quite likely, is far from being considered as such by all Elohim. So even the acceptance of the GTW requires from we, Elohim, a minimal faith, that is to say the acceptance of an unproven truth. If most of us didn’t perhaps realized it until the dawn of the Great Debate, it’s because the GTW has allowed us to accomplish such great advances in our knowledge of the megavers and to achieve such great technological prowess that the fundamental principle on which this theory is based seemed more than obvious to us. The law of virtual incentives finally seems to give enough weight to your (Speaking of Gouryhaune) argument and your proposal. »
Gouryhaune immediately began to respond, expounding one more argument Rousso’s last remarks apparently implied:
« With regard to the consequence of the law of virtual incentives that you’ve just mentioned and which, in fact, has escaped me, the suffering that human beings will have to endure finally appears as a necessary evil they should strive to support. For, other things being equal, the quality of individuals resulting from a process of virtual incentives is a positive function of the suffering they will have had to endure during the trial stage. »
After this response of Gouryhaune, Rousso began to stare at Adonaye, probably seeking so to know whether the King was also convinced as he, Rousso, finally seemed to be in regard to all the arguments developed by Gouryhaune. The Monarch didn’t then take long to react:
« Okay, folks », he said, « I think we should stop there. Before informing the others, the solution proposed by Gouryhaune should already be broadly adopted. To limit the cost, which cost will be very difficult to bear, both for humans and for us, we’ll have to take steps to operate a large-scale destruction of Humans who will be guilty of profound dysfunction at the future human population, whenever the degree of dysfunction exceeds a certain threshold. We should only ensure that this type of adjustment don’t be too common. At the most, two adjustments of this kind will be fully sufficient in my opinion. If a third adjustment possibly occurs it should mark the end of the process of selection of the redeemed human beings… »
This discussion, which seemed to mark the beginning of a major episode of the crisis, almost ended on the remarks of the supreme authority of Zion. It could allow the same time to better understand a few things mentioned before. One is alluding here to the phenomenon of free will, and to the reason that pushed Adonaye not to interfere unduly in the resolving of the problems affecting his creatures. One finally understands that this attitude is based on the law of virtual incentives. In view of the explanations provided by Gouryhaune and Rousso, things happen as if Elohim and Humans were not perfectly accomplished creatures. All were in a kind of creation process that was ongoing for the moment. Besides the fact that Adonaye lacked of infinitely absolute omnipotence, but was rather considered relatively omnipotent, it’s therefore the expected quality of the results of such a process that required from him this obligation of lesser intervention in human and elohian affairs.
While the discussion was ongoing, somewhere in a small town of Zion, another scene, that was all peculiar and strange too, seemed to take place safe from prying ears and eyes. She had been waiting for this moment for days and although she had the impression of having taken all the required time to check, to correct, and to improve the reform proposal developed by her team, to prepare in every detail this last step of the process, which step consisted in convincing, or even seducing the various components of the population which were expected to designate the future ruling team, and also despite the fact that she felt very equipped, experienced enough for this type of exercise, stress however seemed to have really decided to make her its opponent of the day. This stress was understandable because it’s the cream of the intellectual elite that was supposed to be dealt with this time. The conference she was about to hold in the greatest discretion had to address an audience of dignitaries, which was made of people whose work inspired almost all the team in the designing of their reform proposals. Tens of minutes later, maybe not knowing too much by what magic she managed to start the conference, she finally felt almost surprised to end it, being even under the impression of having passed the step consisting in questions asked by the audience with some gusto. Thing that seemed to ultimately allow her to deliver the closing words with some ease:
«… So I would like to allow myself to dream with you, distinguished audience. Luxland more than ever needs its governance system to be reformed, and I sincerely believe that the plan we’ve just expounded is the best. I sincerely hope that my team will be designated for the happiness of all. Thank you. »
As the ultimate step finally ended, the conference room almost emptied, and then came the time to take stock. An informal discussion was occurring for this purpose between Whezan and one of the members of the team she had the heavy responsibility to lead to victory. Sitting there on one of the seats reserved for the audience, having her legs crossed, holding in both hands a rectangular hologram which had the dimensions of an A4 paper, and which apparently contained data relating to the reform proposal of her team, displaying a charming look as usual, and this even sometimes in the tensest situations, she was talking to her assistant while staring into the eyes of the latter.
« Do you think that we stand a chance? » She asked.
Her assistant, who kept staring at her, while displaying a slight smile, responded to this question after a moment of silence.
« Is this a false modesty or have you detected a detail that has escaped me? » The latter asked in turn.
« It’s the very first time that the Arian community faces this type of exercise; so I’ve told to myself that appearances can be deceptive… Moreover, it’s not obvious that everyone trusts me straightaway… Do you think I’m wrong? » Whezan remarked.
« Okay I see. » Her assistant responded, « you’ve just arrived in this environment and then your attitude is quite easily understandable. But let me tell you that I know very well that environment, especially the higher realm of decision-makers, and there are signs that can’t deceive. Be assured that the victory is ours. »
While Whezan and her assistant carried on their discussion, another conversation that could somewhat disenchant them was taking place in a car, a thousand miles far from the building that housed the conference. This talk was occurring between the Arian supreme authority and one of his safest confidants, Ben Horvak, the head of the ASDEC.
«… We must still recognize that her plan is very relevant. And therein lies all the problem. »
These remarks emanated from Horvak and immediately called a reaction of Ara.
« I agree but this is a problem that can be solved quite easily. If we both really believe that the only negative point about this team is that the majority of the jury, unlike us, will certainly lack confidence in its leader, we could negotiate, and even exert an influence on the jury so that some members of the team, notably Whezan, strongly collaborate with the team that will be elected as interim authority to oversee the transition …»
After a short pause, Ara resumed:
«… I also want to tell you a secret. My safest pawn in all this game is precisely the “Word”… or Great Orator of Zion, that is, ben Whezan… » the Arian supreme authority asserted.
To be continued (for the sequel, see you on August 17^^th^^, 2017 at the following URL :
End of Chapter Three
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The DEEL is the department in charge of extra-Elohist territories. It’s managed by Ben Gouryhaune.
The DMP is the department in charge of manufacturing activities.
The DATE is the department responsible for the administration of Zionist territories located on the planet Elohis. It’s headed by Ben Rousso.
Informational Decoherence = modification of reality resulting directly, instantly, automatically and only from the realization of some aspects of this reality by a living being endowed with reasoning faculties. One difference between the “information decoherence” and the “decoherence” property as defined in quantum mechanics is that in the case of the informational decoherence, the realization of a reality is not necessarily performed through a visual perception of this reality. In principle, the Informational Decoherence as defined is a triviality, a logical evidence, because the reality in question here is the reality in all its entirety; it is rather some of the manifestations of the informational decoherence that might not be quite obvious.
Luxland is the name given to the area of Elohis administered from then on by Ben Ara.
ALICIA = Arian Liberty Controller and Intelligence Agent.
Although Elohim never faced hitherto the death phenomenon as it manifests itself in humans, the concept of death existed in the elohian society. This concept came once again from the imagination of some designers and artists, and the death phenomenon occurred only in novels and films as well as in logigram games. The death of an Eloha was however scientifically defined as a state of deep unconsciousness which proved only technologically irreversible though it (the state of unconsciousness) was theoretically reversible.
In one of elohian languages, “Goethe” means “Protector.”
These tears do not in any way contradict the fact that no liquid flows into the body of an Eloha. Under the effect of the particular intensity of certain types of emotions, Elohim generally emit some radiation across their pupils. Once this radiation comes into contact with the ambient air, it produces a liquid through a chemical reaction.
A generation amounts to 25 cycles, that is to say 1 billion years.
Malfunctions vitiating the alpha-gen component of an individual and which may be transmitted to alpha components of his descendants.
ZL protocol will be defined in the next volume of the story.
The “fount of knowledge principle” is another name for the “fundamental postulate of the GTW.” This postulate will be defined later.
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