Far into the abyss, where physics have no power, lie secrets that should and will never be known. Some dare to face it - the great unknown - but few come out of it alive, and those who do are forever tormented by what they have seen, what they have heard, and what they now know. But, past the chaos, there is beauty. There is peace, order, and wonderful lands of paradise. Here in the unknown, there are endless secrets, endless adventures, just waiting to unfold. This collection of stories is made to help shed light to this indefinite void, and possibly even entertain those who read it. Here are the tales of the Unknown.
OK, so powerful openings aside, I'd like to say a bit more of what this series of stories will be. Most of these will be short stories of someone or a group of people on their journeys through space. Or it may be a story of an ancient race, or maybe the story of a town or colony, or anything really. What I'm trying to say is: These will be short stories that can be about anything. Here's a list of things I might make stories about: One person | A group of people | A town/colony/city | An entire race | An event | A building | A group/organization | An object | A planet Some of the stories will be in different formats. Some may be written like a conventional story while others may be written like a journal, etc.
Do you hear that? It's a whisper. Not just any whisper, But a plagued whisper. You may not hear it anymore, But it's there. It's always there.
Far away from Euclid, there is a galaxy ruled by one force. This galaxy is the Rihulersi Galaxy, and its citizens are under constant fear of the most horrible deaths imaginable. Slow, painful deaths caused by genetically engineered diseases that can eat away at your flesh, while you have no hope of survival. If you speak up against the government, you could be infected. You would never know, but it's there. Like a whisper, softly floating through the air, then seemingly gone. You could infect your friends, your loved ones, and they would be devoured alongside you. This terrifying power is how the government continues to rule; with these plagued whispers.
This government has mastered bio-engineering, and has created thousands of diseases, some just for show. Whenever someone speaks up, or starts a rebellion, the government simply lets loose a prisoner whom they have infected with a seemingly random disease into the vicinity of the rebels and/or non-loyals. Once the population knew they could not defeat the awesome power of their overlords, most accepted their fates, but still lived in fear of somehow upsetting their leaders, or getting a disease from someone else who had angered the leaders.
Even though the citizens of the Rihulersi Galaxy are all aware of their government's greed and power hungriness, the government still uses the guise of simply following their twisted religion. The government is supposed to be a religious government, worshiping a deity named Susulues, who supposedly created the universe for the sole reason of seeing it tormented.
In their mythology, Susulues created the universe, but could not make direct contact with it. So he summoned one of his servants who had a strange and unique ability. His servant's name was Plag, and he could create different types of small beings that lived inside other's bodies, and made them miserable. Susulues ordered Plag to create millions of these small beings, and to infect several of each sentient species with a different kind. He wanted to see them spread, and watch as the mortals run in fear of the epidemics. Though, something that Susulues did not know about Plag's power was that the things he could create were like demigods, and Plag planned to eventually create so many that they could overthrow Susulues. Susulues, though, had discovered Plag's plan, and with just a single thought, Plag had died. Plag woke up in a dark, damp cell and found himself infected with every disease he had created. There he sat, for all eternity. Never dying, always in pain. The diseases had heard of this, and every single one had swore their loyalty to Susulues. Susulues, after millions of years, had finally mastered Plag's ability. By the time this had happened, nigh all of the diseases had either killed all of their carriers, or had been cured. Thus, Susulues sent a new wave of trillions of diseases throughout the infinite amounts of galaxies. Although the leaders know this, they still continue to create their own diseases to use, and try to "please" Susulues.
To prevent the people from thinking the government had forgotten all of its religion, the government put in place several laws and practices that kept the citizens thinking it was still a religious government, even though most of the officials now only use it as a guise. Some of the laws and practices include these: The curing of diseases is outlawed. Every Raltziq (roughly 8 earth days), a new disease is released to a random part of the galaxy, to please Susulues. Members of the church of Susulues start out as Minors, who are mainly servants to the higher-ups, but in time become Prophets, who go throughout the galaxy telling people about the might of Susulues. Once Prophets have become well known enough, they become Priests and stay in the main cathedral, called the Cathedral of Insight, where they study, theorize, and teach groups of people about Susulues. Usually, that's all there is to a Priest's life. But, there is one called the High Priest, who can supposedly talk to Susulues himself, and holds answers to every question one can ask. The High Priest is the highest one can get in their government and religion, thus there can only be one at a time. The High Priest can be any age, but the only time a new Priest is chosen to become the next High Priest is when the previous High Priest dies.
This was but one of the many tales of the Unknown...