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The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Erinys » Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:31 am

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We were the first-born children of Creation, and we were proud.

Ours were the first rocky planets formed when the galaxy had just begun its spinning dance. We rose from the first seas and looked up to see arrogant young stars burning, hot and bright and never dreaming they could die.

We fashioned tools, raised cities, fused atoms, and rose like angels in an airless abyss to claim the Black Land for our own. We believed that the galaxy belonged to us, and that we belonged to it. We fell in love with the stars, and thought they loved us back.

For millennia we were alone, quietly extending our presence. Everywhere we went, we changed, and tried to become one with our surroundings. We did not conquer our homes. We let them conquer us.

My people flowed forth in peace and melted on contact, merging into sand and leaf and stone. Absorbing the new, and becoming something new ourselves. A thousand planets took us in and we became a thousand species, each unique, each one at peace—in harmony with its own world, and all the others.

When the first wars came, we could not understand.

How could there be a need for such pain? How could there be a lack, in the midst of such abundance? How could anyone believe that there was not enough for everyone?

Why did they have to take what was ours?

And yet…we did not wish to die. We loved living. We loved life.

We did not wish to flee. We belonged. We wished to keep our homes.

We built defenses. We drew invisible lines in the void, and would not let strangers pass. We defended our invisible lines with murder.

We called this “justice”. We called our cage, within the prison of our invisible bars, “security”.

But it was not enough. Beyond our borders, other worlds were burning. Even the stars were winking out, snuffed like candles before their time. What could we do?

One thousand agreed to undergo the procedure. Amid the tumult of a thousand races, each world chose the one person that they believed would be best. The strongest. The bravest. The most intelligent. The most just.

I was one of many chosen to be a hero. We proudly gave up our lives to become the Peacekeepers. We gladly gave our souls to the machines. We were sacrificed to the one great cause, that which is highest above all: Life itself.

We went forth into the universe, and we did as we were told. We made the killing stop. We quenched the fires of destruction. We punished the guilty, and spared the innocent. We brought the galaxy to its knees.

And the strangers hated us for it. They never believed that we had deprived them of pain, suffering and death. They only saw that we had robbed them of victory.

As the centuries passed, one by one…the pacified took their revenge. When the mission began, the transmissions of my fellow Peacekeepers filled the galaxy like the roar of the sea. They were a great chorus, constantly singing our song: “No one dies today.”

But everyone’s day comes eventually. One by one my brothers and sisters fell. One by one they were killed by those they tried to save. Soon among the Pacified, powers arose that could easily bat our weapons aside. They destroyed their own wardens and then fell upon our people in a storm of vengeful hatred.

Hundreds of my brothers and sisters left their stations, abandoned their mission, and fled back to their parent stars, trying to defend their former homes. Those of us who remained at our posts, who held to the mission, were cursed as cowards and traitors when we would not go home to die.

And perhaps we were. The worlds that gave us life are now barren of life, a thousand burned husks tumbling in the dust of a thousand shattered stars. All that remains of the brothers and sisters that died cursing me are a few broken fragments of steel, and the shrapnel of memory that burns in my soul.

I am the last Peacekeeper. This is my song.

“Sentients of galaxy orandos violet oration. Hear the peacekeepers of stellar generation prime.

Your violence against each other has attracted the attention of this Enforcer. While it maintains this sector, all acts of interstellar violence will cease, and all production of war vessels shall halt.

Should the Enforcer detect either aggression, OR a build-up towards aggression, it is programmed to take steps. Steps BEYOND YOUR IMAGINING.

All these worlds are yours.

Use them together. Use them in peace.”


I am old, and I am weary. I no longer believe that the stars love me back.

But mine is the love that never dies.
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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Erinys » Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:35 am

Some new Lore written for Black Section: The Complete Files and posted to my Patreon campaign. Thought you folks might enjoy sharing in the fun. :)

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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by EmirKirena » Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:44 am

This is great! I am looking forward to supporting your Patreon page when the time comes for this sort of neat info and all the other neat stories you'll come up with.

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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Ciurrioc » Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:58 am

YESS

Such a sad excerpt
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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by CrystalDragonSora » Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:21 am

Fascinating!

...But now I'm not sure my heart can handle fighting the Peacekeeper.
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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Gizmoh » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:07 am

Simply amazing.

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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by ScoSteSal118 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:20 am

Crap, and I was going to start playing Sots I again... Now every time the Peacekeeper comes up, I'll RP my fledgling, expansionist empire ( :twisted: ), I'll do my best to kill the Peacekeeper, but as a player, well, :cry: . Thank you for your work. By the way, if this is the kind of stuff that supporting you on Patreon will lead to more of, I'm no longer entertaining any hesitation about supporting you :D !

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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Erinys » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:37 am

Thank you. :) I would like to keep writing, so all support is appreciated.

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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by WOEaintME » Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:33 am

You have violated pact Orthorian-Triactor, prepare for adjudication!

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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Ciurrioc » Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:20 pm

I feel bad about how corny and mind numbingly annoying I thought the PK was.


And the strangers hated us for it. They never believed that we had deprived them of pain, suffering and death. They only saw that we had robbed them of victory.


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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Erinys » Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:37 pm

;)
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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Ludovsky » Sat Sep 06, 2014 1:55 am

Amazing work Arinn : )

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Re: The Peacekeeper Speaks

Post by Genth » Mon Sep 08, 2014 11:22 pm

Awesome!

I feel that everyone'd have their own interpretation of the Peacekeeper's mission, too. Especially since it doesn't even try to negotiate or broker peace between people, just shows up and shoots everyone, no, shoots all state actors who commit violence.

At the same time, I also see how the creators of the Peacekeepers saw this big bully referee as the only way - if their philosophy simply couldn't understand violence like that, the only way to react is blunt overreaction.

Question then - does the Peacekeeper intervene on smaller-scale violence? Police states, pirates, corporate harm? Or just violence 'loud enough' to make it want to yell at those kids on it's lawn

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