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It took you a while to notice it. There, amongst the confusion, chaos,
and collisions of color that is a modern city.
A slate of red.
Immovable red, shifting in and out of vision as people swim past you and as
cars roar past on the streets. Amongst the continuous varying
movement of the world around you, you see one constant: a single, red
It doesn't seem like much just lying there on the ground and yet, it
feels different. Somehow, out of place. You begin to walk away, but
still something about it pulls at you from somewhere deep within. You
turn and approach the book to satisfy you curiosity.
The world grows louder as you approach the book. People's selfish chatter
turns to screams, tires in puddles clash, the rain pours harder and
the cacophony carves at your ears, yet ever closer you still wander.
And as you pick up this single, red book, you notice it's heavier and
simpler than you expected. It’s not mapped out in red leather,
wound in string, or made of special paper, no. Its simple and red,
just a normal, plain, wordless cover. You wonder if the book even
contains anything of interest.
You open the red, simple book, and you find:
is wordless, just like its cover, is it not? You flip through the
pages and yet fail to discover a single word.
you flip through page after page faster and faster transfixed
all at once the screeching symphony of the world falls silent. Cars
still rush by, without sound. People talk, but their words means just
as much as the silence you hear. The rain still pours, but it makes
world becomes silent, as another sings.
warm winds of a desert stir around you, the whirs of technology, the
sounds of a distant forest and you hear one voice above it all as
your world fades away around you.
there is nothing but the book, yourself, and a faint, unclear voice.
by the void, you look to the book. On those open, blank pages you see
visions of the world you now hear fly by. Great mountain vistas, vast
seas of red sand, deep jungles, and the faces of lost souls flash by;
all the while the voice grows louder and clearer until all at once
even the book is gone and only the voice remains.
This, of course is my voice. And you, my friend, are of a select few to
ever hear it. I have been waiting to speak to you, and finally you
Let us begin.
I understand this is an odd, and even frightening situation, but I
assure you that you're in safe hands. I'm sure you have questions for
me. I'm sure you're wondering who I am and why I'm here. For now, I
can tell you this: I am merely an observer, a storyteller at most. I
watch you; humanity that is, across all of time and space. I see
every moment of human history, and watch you from every perspective.
I know this isn't much of an explanation, and it may bring more
questions than answers, and I apologize, but there is no other way.
Do not worry, for there will be answers in time. But first, I have a
question for you.
Who are you?
Not you as an individual, but you as a species. You call yourselves
Human, but what does that mean? Who is mankind and what is their
purpose? Throughout your history philosophers, religions, and even
the practitioners of modern science have tried to answer this
question to no true avail. Ironically, the answer is obvious, if you
merely look at yourselves on a large enough scale.
Simply put, you are wanderers. You are a species that, throughout its
history, has carried with it a desire to explore, to leave behind the
comfort of home and forge a new path through the unknown. You have
carried within you this settler spirit and that has taken you to
every reachable corner of your world. Now that this is done, there
are those among you that think this settler spirit has gone away.
They believe that because you have mapped and settled every reachable
end of your small planet that you no longer feel the need to make new
homes in far off and dangerous places. They could not be more
incorrect. Your human desire to explore and expand is more alive than
ever. Soon enough your people will have a new frontier beyond your
small world to fulfill this Need. Within this frontier are plentiful
riches and great pearls. You are on the precipice of a new age of
human civilization and the greatest expansion mankind has seen since
your ancestors left Africa so many millennia ago. You will need
guidance on this new journey and this is why I am speaking to you
now. You will need to learn how to survive on this new ocean and I
intend to teach you. Like all good teachers I choose to do so through
story. A story of the future, but not your future. Rather, this is
the story of a singular potential future for mankind. A future that
will never be exactly the same as the one that awaits you. This story
of which I speak starts as do so many great adventures, with a dream.