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Archon MagicA Report by Marwen Telford, PhD.
I have studied many ancient civilizations in the last 150 years, but none seem quite as peculiar to me as the one I am studying now: the Great Ones, or the Archons as my colleague Nierra Diral calls them. Research on this race has proven difficult, given the nature of their disappearance, and their very existence in the first place. Outside of planet Dixon, there is no evidence that they ever existed, because within the confines of this timeline, they did not. However, in a different timeline, they built a galaxy spanning empire, maintaining their dominion through the use of a time travel device known to us as the Arch. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for the galaxy as we know it, this device proved to be their undoing, as it was hijacked by rebels and used to prevent the Great Ones from ever developing.
At first glance, the Arch is not unlike the galaxy's Gate Network, although there are numerous differences. The fi
Nierra's Journal - Of Mistakes and Consequences30th of Applefall, 1817
We've managed to cause a huge problem in an attempt to preemptively solve a potential one. My friends and I have screwed up before, and only once has it been this bad, but I really don't like talking about that incident. At least the Kobolds eventually cleaned up the mess. Anyway, we've already had to deal with a black pudding, two motor jousting knights, and some errant bullets coming out of that thing. The sooner we close it up again, the better.
Having read the Unknown Rebel's journal and spoken to that navigator, we must have figured it would have been a simple matter of blowing it up, but I guess they didn't know this would happen either. I still don't know how to feel about that navigator. She says her name is Rhianne Baelos, and her face confirms it, but she is nothing like the mad ruler my brother and I deposed. I see no sign of the madness that afflicted the Rhianne I knew. On the contrary, her
Nierra's Journal - Of Rifts and Games27th of Applefall, 1817
It's been a while, but I have been busy this past week. Where to start? I spent longer than I'd like cooped up with people I'm not sure I like. On the other hand, it's nice to see a Moiraillegiance forming between Sam and Torrune, even if I'm not entirely fond of either of them. Okay, Torrune's not that bad, and Sam could be worse. Sam means well, but he can come off as patronizing without meaning to. Torrune's a stick in the mud with a drinking problem. Okay, maybe we're not that different. Or at least we've got a few things in common. Maybe that's why I'm so curious about his personal world, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
The other big thing that happened on the way back is that we read through the book recovered from Green Molly. I'm still trying to process the implications. Time travel, alternate timelines. I can't begin to imagine what someone with less than noble intentions might do
Nierra and the Priest ProgramworldlyExile [WE] began pestering scriptureDownload [SD] 27/7/1817 10:00
SD: Greetings, program.
SD: We are all software in the Great Computer, are we not? Now, what may I help you with?
WE: I'm just curious about the User and your beliefs.
SD: Are you looking to join our faith?
WE: No, I'm just interested in learning. I can accept a god's existence without worshipping it.
SD: Of course. The head priest of the local church of St. Cuthbert often visits for the same reason. What would you like to know about?
WE: The Games, for a start. I know that some of their inhabitants represent the User, but there are others that don't.
SD: They are called game sprites. They are merely part of the Game, and have no true autonomy. How well they can simulate it varies from Game to Game, and from sprite to sprite, depending on their purpose in the game.
WE: Yeah, some friends of mine and I were just in a sports game, and one of them killed a spectator. &
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