Friday, June 9, 2017

Microstory 600: The Oncoming Taikon (Introduction)

This series needs no introduction. Just kidding, I know you have no idea what to expect from something like this. You’re thinking, taikon? What the hell is that? I started working on this part of my canon several years ago, so give me a second to consult my trusty online etymology dictionary. No, it’s not on there? Well, obviously it derives from the word icon but I’m not sure exactly how that fits in. It’ll make sense later, and if not, we’ll fix it in post. If you read my last series in its entirety, then you might have started to notice that a few of these fictional “news” stories occasionally referenced each other. Sometimes these references were so small that you couldn’t possibly notice unless you studied it like a crazy person. I can explain why it was like that, and why I couldn’t just flat out point to each connection. The concept in that series was that I didn’t actually write them, but simply copied and pasted them from other stories. Real journalists, across time and space, supposedly wrote them instead, and I’m just releasing them to the world you and I live in. So when one writer vaguely references something spoken of in greater detail in another story, it’s because that writer’s target audience actually already knows this stuff, so rehashing those details each time wouldn’t make sense. I would like to let you know that I took a semester of journalism my freshman year of high school, and did not realize until beginning this new project that that was not enough to know how to write news articles. I did the best I could, but they don’t read like something you would find on a news page, because that’s a completely different medium that I don’t personally believes translates well to this format. Of course, this next series is going to be different, but it does take place in the same franchise. I bring up Headlines because I sometimes referenced events that will turn out to be adjacent to the following ones. A group of people—who felt disillusioned with the state of affairs—broke away from their originating society, and formed their own in another galaxy. But before they found this galaxy, they sort of had to hang out on Earth, hiding themselves from the primitive humans living there at the time. While on our planet, they got their hands on a few copies of that bible thing you people are always going on about. Instead of adopting your faith, though, they corrupted and reworked the story to better fit their preexisting political beliefs. Over time, this corruption became so comfortable that this part of their history was effectively erased, leading most modern believers with the impression that their religion formed organically. The following relates a prophecy that operates as their version of the Book of Revelation. The Oncoming Taikon, in 121 parts.

Belief of the Atheist

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