Welcome to the main meta page for The Search for Kalid. The plot of the story is discussed here, so spoilers are all around! Useful background to the story is at the historical timeline. The narrative in the Introduction, below, starts after the events that are described in the timeline.
The basic story is complete as of July 21, 2009. Corrections, modifications, extensions, and forks are still welcome. There is a rather obvious opening for a sequel in which the mysteries of the Polastis and Haldus star systems are investigated.
The Search for Kalid is a story set in the 25th century, although at that time the dates are no longer counted that way (see the Glossary for information about the new system for dates). At the start of the story, the reader might imagine that the story is in a galaxy "far, far away", but when the reader gets in to the story an occasional reference is made to Earth. Gradually the reader realize that the story, odd as it seems, is the story of the future of Earth and the spread of humans into the nearby regions of our galaxy (see the map, above and to the right). Eventually the main characters in the story reach Earth, although almost no life remains there. One of the mysteries in the story concerns what happened to Earth. There are several mysteries that are only slowly explained to the reader. This "meta file" provides background information, much of which is not known to the reader of the story. Much of the mystery that surrounds "The Search for Kalid" involves secrets that are held by the Haldus Order, Ketar and the Spaceship Guild. Most of these secrets are gradually revealed to Leone and the reader during the course of the story.
Leone is a the head of the Department of Transportation on the world of Sakkara, an important scientific research and development planet. At the start of the story, Leone is searching for Kalid, a sage from the Haldus Order. Leone hopes that Kalid can help protect Sakkara from the evil Set, whose murderous attacks now have included employees of the government who, like Leone, are members of the Antiquist Party on Sakkara. Intelligence reports indicate that Set threatens to spread his rampage to other worlds of the galaxy. Leone is following the advice of Sybil, a priestess, who claims to know where Kalid is. Leone and another Planetary Counselor, Aristark, go to the planet Flammis in search of Kalid. Leone, like most people, does not believe in mental powers even though he has been told that Kalid is supposed to have them and that a group of "Masters" on Flammis possess such powers. At the start of the story, Leone is almost completely in the dark and does not even know the name "Flammis"....he invents and uses the name "Plato" to refer to Flammis.
At the time of the story, telepathy is a newly developing branch of science. Most people still do not think telepathy is possible. However, some people are genetically predisposed to be better at telepathy. Individuals can train and practice to improve their telepathic abilities. A few new mechanical devices also exist that can amplify telepathic ability. Set knows about telepathy and knows it could allow him to take over the Galaxy if he can master it. Most people are not aware that telepathy is possible, thinking it is just a topic for fantasy writers.
Set is a rare individual with a powerful natural ability for telepathic signal reception. Set's girl friend, Katherine, was a powerful telepathic transmitter, as is Kalid. About 1 in 100 people have significant innate telepathic ability. Very few of those ever develop their powers through training and practice. Only the Haldus Order has technology for amplifying the abilities of telepaths. During "The search for Kalid", powerful political forces outside of the Haldus Order begin to learn the hidden secrets about telepathy and seek to take control of the technology for amplifying human telepathic abilities.
Set and Leone are political rivals who competed in the most recent election of a Planetary Councelor of Transportation. Set is the leader of the Futurist Party, a new political organization advocating the use of government funds for construction of space elevators as an alternative to continued use of spaceships to land passengers and cargo on Sakkara. Leone was the Antiquist Party candidate and won the election, although the results were disputed. The Antiquist Party is funded by the fabulously rich Spaceship Guild (see Glossary and the story timeline for more information).
After defeat in the election, the Futurist Party raises enough money to build the Elevators, a pair of space elevators, one for moving down and one for moving up from Sakkara to orbit. Set continues political work on Sakkara and his girlfriend works on construction of the Elevators.
As the top Planetary Counselor for Transportation, Leone is involved in a scandal following destruction of the Elevators by terrorists. Set believes that Leone's decisions left the Elevators poorly defended and caused the death of Set's girl friend. The ability of the Haldus Order to keep secret their mastery of telepathy is lost when Set's telepathic ability is suddenly awakened during the destruction of the space elevators: at that moment he telepathically sensed the death cries of his girl friend.
Initially, Set seeks revenge against Leone and the Spaceship Guild, who he suspects should be held responsible for the death of Katherine. Based on what he learns with his newly discovered ability to detect telepathic communications, Set is led think that the Haldus Order has used its telepathic agents to promote the interests of the Spaceship Guild. Set uses his telepathic powers to find, spy on and kill some Haldus Order telepaths. After Set starts to murder telepaths, all the other surviving telepaths go into hiding on secret worlds like Flammis. Although Set is the first person outside of the Haldus Order to become aware of the existence of telepaths who are members of the Haldus Order, only gradually does he become aware of the Haldus Order itself...at first he only knows about the telepaths and remains unaware of their membership in the Haldus Order. On Sakkara, Haldus Order members work while hiding within a cover organization called the "Silver Tulipan Order".
Ketar has a spy inside the Haldus Order (Norshe, but at first, she is only aware of the "cover name" for the organization she has joined) and Ketar learns from Norshe that Set is killing (Haldus Order) telepaths. Ketar realizes that Set's rapid rise in power might be due to his use of telepathy. Aristark is told by Leone that Sybil claimed that telepathy is possible and that telepathy was the source of the evidence linking the destruction of the space elevators to the Spaceship Guild. Aristark reports this to Ketar. About this time, Norshe meets with Kalid and she finally realize that she is inside the Haldus Order and that the Haldus Order does research on technologies for amplifying telepathy.
Ketar starts to take seriously the idea that telepathy is possible. He begins to look for ways to trick Set into using his telepathic powers to cripple the Haldus Order and hopefully prevent the Haldus Order from releasing any evidence linking the destruction of the space elevators to the Spaceship Guild. In an attempt to trick the Haldus Order into revealing its secrets, Ketar creates false intelligence reports about Set which indicate (falsely) that Set has penetrated the secrets of the Haldus Order on Sakkara and is preparing to attack. Looking for ways to draw the Haldus Order telepaths into the open, Ketar orders Aristark and Leone to ask Sybil for help against Set. Ketar's plan works, Sybil reveals to Leone that she is a member of the Haldus Order. Thus, Ketar becomes the first person outside of the Haldus Order to become aware of the link between telepathy and the Haldus Order. Ketar looks into the Spaceship Guild archives and learns that the Spaceship Guild once destroyed a Haldus Order base on Flammis. There is very little else on record about the secretive Haldus Order.
Sybil and the other members of the Haldus Order on Sakkara have decided that they will risk sacrificing themselves in order to protect most of the members of the Haldus Order. Based on Ketar's false intelligence reports, they think that Set is already aware of the Haldus Order. They will try to pretend that the entire Haldus Order is on Sakkara. Their plan quickly goes bad because Set learns the coordinates of Flammis....
Shortly after the start of "The Search for Kalid", Set is routinely spying on Leone. Aristark has previously been ordered by Ketar to play Set off against the telepaths he had been hunting. Aristark decides to tip off Set to the fact that Sybil is installing special navigation equipment on Leone's spaceship. Set captures one of the technicians involved in the modifications to Leone's spaceship. By trickery and telepathic probing Set learns that Leone is being sent to a secret Haldus Order base on Flammis.
Set immediately goes to Flammis with the hope that he can capture or kill the two telepaths who he believes have hidden evidence about the true force behind the destruction of the space elevators on Sakkara. Set detects telepaths on Flammis. Guided by his telepathic powers, Set locates the surface entrance to the under ground base of Flammis and lands his spaceship there. After a brief battle with two guards stationed at the entrance, Set attacks the main base. He destroys the main underground base and everyone living there after confirming that the "Haldus Order" is the true name of the organization and that it has a program for developing technology that can amplify telepathy. After the battle, he has a telepathic sensation that there are some survivors still hidden on Flammis. He leaves part of his crew on Flammis so that they can watch the network of tunnels that radiates from the destroyed base. Set returns to Sakkara in order to deal with Sybil who he now suspects is a leading member of the Haldus Order on Sakkara. The crew members left on Flammis take control of an antiquated but functioning particle beam artillery battery that had been used to defend the Haldus Order base.
The Haldus Order is an ancient secret society that has been exploring how to control and use an innate human capacity for telepathic communication.
During the time period during which The Search for Kalid takes place, the Haldus Order is commanded by Kalid. Its purpose is to maintain the statu quo (spread of humans through the galaxy) and to avoid major disasters such as interstellar wars. The Order recognizes that telepathy could be used for evil, so its members keep their powers of telepathy secret and dedicate themselves to using telepathy for the benefit of all. The Spaceship Guild and its political wing, the Antiquist Party, are major economic and political powers. During most of the Space Age, the Spaceship Guild has been the most powerful economic force in the galaxy and the Haldus Order has been deeply troubled by some actions the Spaceship Guild has taken to retain its monopoly on space travel and related technologies. However, the Haldus Order often supports the Spaceship Guild, as needed, so as to keep economic development strong and for the benefit of humanity's growing collection of inhabited worlds. Kalid knows some of Ketar's plans for building up the power of Azur, and Kalid will try to avoid a major interstellar war, but the Haldus Order is small and must work carefully and remain secret in order to help humanity. Kalid and the Haldus Order are learning how to make use of a new technology that is only ten years old. This new technology makes possible controlled coupling of telepathic signals to electromagnetic signals, thus allowing the telepathic agents of the Haldus Order much more sophisticated means for manipulating the major forces in the galaxy such as the Spaceship Guild. Kalid's main fear has been that someone outside of the Order will realize that telepathic power is being used to manipulate the major economic and political powers....and now Set appears to be proving that those fears were well-founded.
There is only a few Haldus Order facilities that openly admit to being a Haldus Order Temple and one of those is on an asteroid in the h32 star system. Most other Haldus Order bases and members have "cover stories" that protect the secrecy of their relationships with the core organization, the Haldus Order. For example, on Sakkara the cover organization is the Sulver Tulipan Order.
The basis for telepathic communication is "T particles". The Haldus Order had a secret research program for studying telepathy. See the meta glossary for details.
Animals on Earth originally had a simple capacity to detect T-particles coming from the sun. The basic sensory receptor (a modified neuron) for T-particles originally allowed animals to sense the location of the sun and make use of that sensation for orientation in their environment. In more complex brains, T-particle receptor cells were linked into complex neural networks that allowed processing of telepathic signals from other brains, signals that were useful for social cohesion, but almost exclusively among highly social apex predators.
An interesting feature of telepathic communication is that it is usually not very restricted by distance. T-particles can move between two locations (for example, the sun and a brain) by conventional propagation through normal space, and have been shown to be a normal component of the ultrafast solar wind, moving much slower than the speed of light. However, T-particles (and virtual T-particles) can also interact by exchanging ultrarelativistic twitinos that can propagate through compact dimensions, allowing very rapid transfers of information over long distances. Such telepathic information transfer depends on twitino resonance between arrays of T-particles in two telepathically coupled brains.
About 5,000 years ago a rare phenotype in humans allowing some capacity for conscious awareness of telepathy was first subjected to positive selection. Careful construction of a dual-star comparator observatory led to identification of Haldus as a variable star that corresponds to the "second eye" of the sky, the second most powerful astronomical source of twitinos. This astronomical breakthrough led to a selective breeding program for telepaths in Egypt, organized by a group of humans who could consciously sense the position of the Sun and the "second eye" of the sky. By twitino triangulation (initially carried out only in the observatory/temples), these early telepaths could identify specific humans who were better telepaths and place them into telepathy training and breeding programs. This was the origin of the Haldus Order.
By the time of The Search for Kalid, the Haldus Order has spent a long time performing artificial genetic selection for telepathic ability and developing training methods that allow amplification of the innate telepathic abilities of humans. In the Space Age, it was discovered by members of the Haldus Order that there is an alien artifact at Haldus A that transmits a twitino signal of great complexity, accounting for the fact that Haldus is the second strongest source of twitinos on Earth. Intensive study of the alien artifact by scientists of the Haldus Order eventually led to development of technology for amplification of telepathic communication. The combination of these technologies and the Haldus Order telepathy training methods allows agents of the Order to perform impressive feats such as identifying the perpetrators of the Sakkaran space elevators disaster.
Set is an unusual case in that he is able to develop his telepathic abilities without participation in the Haldus Order training program. His skills were actually developed through long-term interactions with other telepaths, in particular Katherine. Using his telepathic signal reception ability, Set discovers that the Haldus Order telepaths exist and he believes that they sometimes promote the interests of the Spaceship Guild. This leads Set to view the Haldus Order telepaths as his enemies. Eventually, Set realizes that the Haldus Order has telepathy-amplifying technology which he could use to get revenge on the Spaceship Guild (his true enemy). Similarly, Ketar comes to recognize the existence of telepaths and the idea that Haldus Order technology could aid his plans for returning Azur to glory.
In the time of The Search for Kalid, about 1 in every 100 people has some ability to either send or receive telepathic signals. Very few of those ever develop their powers through the required training and practice. Usually a strong T-particle emission by an individual disrupts any circuits for receiving telepathic signals. Only the Haldus Order has technology for amplifying the abilities of telepaths. The telepaths at Shackleton Base on the Moon are the descendants of the most powerful T-particle producers who could be found on Earth at the start of the space age. They were segregated from the other telepaths in order to prevent disruption of their telepathic detection abilities.
A few telepaths with strong telepathic ability (Jeremy, Kalid and Kaleb) are able, through training, to control their production of T-particles, preventing themselves from being detected as sources of T-particles.
Practical aspects of telepathyEdit
A fundamental problem of telepathy is that a person receiving T-particles that come from another person's brain does not have an innate way of processing the resulting changes in neuronal activity so as to match that activity to particular thought process. In general, there has to be a natural "resonance" (similarity in thought patterns) between the source and the receiver in order for there to be language-like communication of information. In addition, significant practice and training is almost always needed in order for telepaths to get significant information from telepathic signals. Much of the content of telepathic signals has nothing to do with anything as organized as language. Emotions and other largely-unconscious brain processes dominate T-particle production in most people.
The human capacity for language-like telepathic communication is due to genetic engineering that was performed on humans by aliens. That genetic engineering provided humans with a way to use twitino resonance for telepathic communication. The Haldud Order is only just learning about the importance of twitinos and their science of telepathy is still confused about the relationship between T-particles and twitinos and how human brains can detect these forms of dark matter. Twitinos can travel through time and through hyperspace. This allows telepaths to become aware of past, future and distant events. Examples:
- When Sybil and Kalid first make telepathic contact, they are connected to their own thoughts at a future time.
The Haldus Order has been able to make machines that assist telepathic communication. These devices allow for the transfer of telepathic signals between people and robots and the amplification of telepathic signals that would normally be much weaker in the absence of the mechanical signal boost and signal processing. Examples:
- the ability of the Haldus Order to hide ships and bases depends on a device which can use T-particles to produce "decoys" and to "shield" objects like spaceships.
- when Kalid contacts Leone and provides him with the coordinates of Esclagon, the telepathic contact is sent through hyperspace and greatly boosted by mechanical amplification of Kalid's original T-particle signal.
T-particle detectors. A fundamental tool developed by the Haldus Order is a device that functions to detect T-particles. Set discovers one of these in Glen and Salvaje gives him another one.
A very rare skill, found in only a few strong telepathic transmitters, is the ability to control their production of T-particles.
For most people, normal alert consciousness is not compatible with conscious awareness of telepathic communications. This is why Kalid makes contact with Leone during Leone's dream. Also, Sybil, Leone and Set are all shown having received telepathically transmitted signals from the future while in a dream state. Trained telepaths such as Kalid and Kaleb make use of self-induced sleep-like states to enhance their telepathic abilities. During normal waking consciousness, sensory inputs dominate in consciousness over weaker telepathic signals, but during dreams, telepathic signals can dominate brain activity.
A flashback shows that all "Thot" spacehips are made by imprinting their computers with Kalid's mental ability to take full control of the ship, in case of any problem. In essence, Kalid secretly lives on and all of the "Thot" spacehips continue Kalid's work. Some Scenes could be shown indicating that Ketar is not able to carry out his plan for taking control of the Empire because the "Thot" spacehips all counter Ketar's efforts. At his death, Kalid telepathically transferred much of his consciousness into Leone's "Thot" spaceship, so in a way Kalid lives on in machine form. Kalid is reborn, resembling the myth of Osiris. Kalid could, in principle, take command of a humanoid robot too, sometimes. Kaleb can have an important role in reviving his father. Note: these ideas might be best developed in the sequel.
- see: List of Characters
Name of the OrderEdit
Originally, the name "Osiris Order" was used, but it already exists in the real world, so another name was invented. Haldus, another name for the star "Epsilon Aurigae", is about the 180th brightest star in Earth's sky, but it is about 1900 light years away. The Egyptian's probably did not have a name for this star, but we pretend that it was called "Haldus" by the founders of the secretive "Haldus Order" in ancient Egypt. Epsilon Aurigae is a supergiant binary system that is studied by astronomers right now because of the nature of its eclipses by a large companion object.
We can imagine that when members of the Haldus Order left the Solar System, they established their first base on an asteroid in the Epsilon Aurigae star system. That asteroid is located at a trojan point for the "companion", about 25 AU from the supergiant star. The asteroid of the base always points one side to the giant star. The base is located on the "cold side". The "hot side" is very hot and provides a convenient source of energy for the base. The residents of this space colony diverged in their practices from the original Haldus Order of Earth...in particular, they began to create a science of telepathy. Later, the original Haldus Order was destroyed on Earth (antimatter spaceship explosion). Eventually the Haldus Order returned to Earth and has a "New Temple" there in order to honor their origin and to take advantage of the "green nanite cloud" of Earth to hide the temple and its secret purpose as a research and development center for telepathy technology.
The Haldus Order imposes celibacy on its members. One of the most important things that the Haldus Order does is perform positive selection for human genes that make telepathy possible. The order identifies people who have better than average telepathic abilities and encourages them to have offspring together. The rule for celibacy is used to keep members who have good telepathic powers from having children with other people who do not have good telepathic powers. Members usually spend many years in the Outer Circle of a cover organization such as Silver Tulipan before they are informed about the true nature of the Haldus Order. The rule for celibacy mainly applies to the Outer Circle. The best telepaths are promoted into the Inner Circles and then allowed to have children, but they are told that they need to have their offspring planned according to their genetics.
Is The Search for Kalid a type of science fantasy (contains some science fiction and some fantasy elements)? If a secretive Order
1) obtained proof of telepathy as a natural feature of brain function long before the age of science,
2) wanted to keep their understanding of telepathy secret, and
3) eventually came to understand telepathy in a scientific way and developed telepathy technology
then that Order might decide to continue hiding the existence of telepathy by making it appear that the Order is still entirely based on pre-scientific wishful thinking about paranormal abilities. Even if evidence of telepathy leaks, the Order might try to pretend that there is some kind of unexplained or magical basis for the telepathy rather than let it be known that there is a scientific explanation for what is going on. In this way, The Search for Kalid could contain elements of fantasy and the reader might remain uncertain about what is going on. Examples of telepathy can be shown in the story before the scientific basis of telepathy is revealed.
Right. Telepathy can be seen as fantasy or as magical at the beginning of the story but near the end the reader realizes it might be possible by scientific means (in the story). There is no magic other than telepathy and precognition. Anyway, Set is an example of a person who is capable of using those things without technology.
techlepathy - technologically enabled telepathy
In the future, Systems Theory will be an applied science to some complex fields, specially to organizations. Thus, some organizations such as the Haldus Order or the Nanotechnology Guild will be based on such principles. For instance, they will act as distributed networks and learning organizations (see Peter Senge's the Fifth Discipline) and thus the decisions will not be taken by through a hierarchical or pyramidal structure... instead they will use feedback among the distributed parts of it. Kalid is the head of the Haldus Order but only on his planet, the Haldus Order holds no central figure. Every part has the same weight.
Nevertheless, other organizations, such as Ketar's Antiquist Party or Set's will be usual political organizations, with no systems theory principles applied. As can be noted in Ketar's, his organization is clearly hierarchical.
The organizations will exhibit emergent properties that will make people think they have a mind of their own or a central command. But, due to the "hidden" nature of the Haldus Order and the desire of rival organizations/individuals to destroy them, they had to adapt to this distributed network where no single individual is so important that it will destroy the entire system.
Haldus Order sees itself as some kind of compensation loop of power in the galaxy. Thus, when individuals such as Set or organizations like Ketar's take too much power, they take measures against it. Haldus Order trains people in this Systems Theory thoroughly, as well as in many science fields.
There will be no Empire in Kalid. Instead, there will be several organizations with limited power and very few of them with expanding goals. There will be a phantom Nanotechnology Guild that will not be mentioned by name. The spies that used to be from the Empire will now be from those hidden organizations. So, Kalid story will be about competing organizations with some common interests.
It might seem a bit weird for a futurist story to have no Empire... but we can assume human nature has changed a bit due to science, technology and education so in that future humans may not act following an alpha male logic. A distributed network of governments and companies will replace the idea of the Empire. It's not a conscious network though, as can be seen in Asimov's Foundation with Gaia becoming Galaxia. Kalid's network will be invisible but crafted according to Systems Theory principles... particularly that of negative (compensation) feedback. That is, if any organization is taking too much power (like Set's or Ketar's in the story) other organization (Haldus Order) will act to restore the equilibrium to the balance of power. And if Haldus Order takes too much power, other organizations will do the same. The problem is that Haldus Order has very powerful secrets (the possibility of telepathy and the technology to hide spaceships) that could alter this equilibrium if these technologies fall in the wrong hands. Nobody knows for how long they can keep that secret.
The Silver TulipanEdit
The Silver Tulipan will be the cover organization for the Haldus Order. Thus, the Silver Tulipan will be officially a spiritual organization that tries to understand the world by use of both spirituality and science.
To show that in the story, we should write scenes from the point of view of a neophyte (or maybe two) who try to enter the Tulipan Order and will discover that it's not the usual spiritual organization or religious sect; the Silver Tulipan is based on science also.
I think the organization should be named "The Silver Tulipan"; no mention of the word "Order". This text replacement and others will be done through the use of pywikipediabot, since it's mentioned everywhere in the story.
I will try to add more Egyptian references, in particularly, use of symbols and metaphors that may apply to Haldus Order. It is worth mentioning Egypt's view on the concept of immortality of the soul, their stability and neglect of sudden changes and other concepts.
Plans for a sequel discussed at The search for Kalid/sequel.
This page is for detailed information about the characters in The search for Kalid. For example, this page can contain detailed biographical information that is never revealed to the reader of the story, but this information can be useful to authors who are developing and writing the story. Another page, The search for Kalid/Contents/Characters is available for readers of the story and that page contains brief descriptions of the main characters and can help the reader keep track of the characters.
(in alphabetical order)
Amethyst is the daughter of Salvaje and she lives at a small, isolated base on the Moon.
The Haldus Order has been performing artificial selection on humans for thousands of years and selecting for people with high levels of T-particle production. At the start of the space age, all of the Haldus Order members with the most T-particle production were moved from Earth to the Moon. Many of their descendants were killed by the Spaceship Guild when Shackleton Base was destroyed, but the descendants of the survivors continue to exist on the Moon.
Amethyst is the product of the continuing effort to achieve telepathic communication between people with high levels of T-particle production. During the years leading up to The Search for Kalid, Salvaje has been hopeful that his daughter might display some capacity for conscious telepathy, similar to that of her mother, but more compatible with the high levels of T-particles that are characteristic of the residents of the base near Shackleton crater. However, Amethyst is mostly unaware of the fact that she is a subject of her father's research.
When he visits the Moon, Set is able to achieve some telepathic communication with Amethyst and doing so helps him learn how to get past the "glare" of the high levels of T-particles produced by telepaths like Amethyst and Salvaje. It also helps him learn to "see" the T-particles coming from the Sun. Most of Amethyst's T-particle production is concerned with unconscious brain activity such as the production of emotions. By developing an emotional connection to Amethyst, Set is able, for the first time since the death of Katherine, to begin to think about the possibility of finding someone else to love in a way similar to his deep love for Katherine. This is helpful in moving Set out of his rage and desire for revenge against those who destroyed the space elevators on Sakkara. Set realizes that he once had a dream about Amethyst, long before he ever met her.
Due to her nature and the nature of her "tribe", Amethyst would not normally be able to form any kind of significant emotional attachment to Set, who she views as a barbarian outsider, but she is kind and recognizes that Set has suffered greatly and needs to heal. She has a brief flash of telepathic contact with Set just before he leaves for Earth. Amethyst becomes aware of a future vision of life with Set. Latter, when Set returns to the Moon, Amethyst is able to consciously detect his telepathic thought pattern.
Amethyst is becoming somewhat frustrated by the fact that her father does not allow her to help with his work and the task of making plans for the future development of their community, but she is almost fully under the influence of Salvaje's will by means of unconscious telepathic interactions between their brains. Since Salvaje knows the way their "tribe's" telepathy works, he knows that he can generally just out-wait the others if they ever come into conflict...eventually the others will give up and conform to his will.
Nudity on the MoonEdit
When the page sections Moon Base and Born again were first started, the residents of the small community where Amethyst and Salvaje live were depicted as not wearing clothing. Apparently, we can have mass murder and other horrors in stories, but no mention of naked humans.
Set's visit with Amethyst and Salvaje on the Moon is important to the story. While talking to Salvaje, Set is informed about the "dirty tricks" used by the Spaceship Guild and the Antiquists to protect their interests. This knowledge helps Set realize that the Haldus Order is not Set's enemy. Set also learns some of the history of how the Haldus order has tried to develop the telepathic abilities of humans. By interacting with Amethyst, Set is provided with some important information about telepathy, including the realization that, so far, he has not fully utilized his telepathic ability.
The small culture that includes Amethyst was formed from survivors of the destroyed Haldus Order temple at Shackleton crater. Soon after humans started developing space travel, it was realized that the most powerful producers of T-particles were disrupting attempts on Earth to develop true telepathic communication in a language-like mode. In a sense, these powerful generators of T-particles were a "dead end" for the Haldus Order, but in Set's time. they remain as a strange fragment of humanity, and they continue struggling to adapt to their unusual telepathic predisposition and they are trying to form a viable culture. Their telepathic abilities are essentially restricted to unconscious brain functions, primarily the generation of social cohesion. As "seen" by Set when he watches Amethyst and Salvaje have a disagreement, their telepathic powers allow them to avoid conflict and reach a harmonious agreement. Salvaje is continuing to perform genetic experiments that aim to allow for conscious telepathic communication between powerful producers of T-particles. In addition to his on-going genetic engineering, he practices social engineering. Set begins to realize that he has mis-used his telepathic ability and that it would be valuable to link his kind of telepathic ability to a system for preventing telepaths from abusing their power.
One important goal of Salvaje's social engineering is to keep the members of his community isolated and protected. If merged into the general culture of the Moon, these producers of high levels of T-particles would soon have their special gene combinations diluted. An idea that is being explored by Salvaje is that many human specializations such as bipedalism, the human pattern of brain growth and the human capacity for telepathy all evolved during one or more past periods of adaptation to a coastal marine environment (see the aquatic ape hypothesis). A base was originally made at Shackleton crater in order to gain access to water deposits near the Moon's South Pole. As described by Salvaje, a convenient way to isolate the members of his community from other humans was to put them behind a barrier of water-filled passageways. I am imagining that the gene combinations that were selected by the Haldus Order over several thousand years (during their attempts to breed humans for telepathic ability) make the members of this community well-suited for making use of an aquatic environment. In some sense, the artificial aquatic environment that has been created at Shackleton base is well suited to the gene combinations that originally gave rise to human telepathic abilities, and the assumption being made is that human features such as our pattern of brain growth evolved in an aquatic environment. In the controlled and warm and wet environment of the Moon base, clothing is of little use.
Salvaje and his predecessors have tried to find ways to keep complete control of the reproductive activity of the members of their community. As discussed for Amethyst's mother, members of the community who have in the past started to develop true conscious telepathic abilities could not survive for long in the "noisy" T-particle-rich environment of the Shackleton base. Salvaje has to keep trying to develop a workable gene combination for true telepathy by allowing new generations to be produced in the way Amethyst was, by bringing back into the community the genes of people like Amethyst's mother who cannot survive at Shackleton base. It is important that the members of the community at Shackleton base both be 1) inhibited from indiscriminately breeding with each other, and 2) inhibited from indiscriminately breeding with outsiders. The culture at Shackleton base has been engineered to make nudity and hairlessness the norm...outsiders who are hairy and wear clothing are repulsive to residents of Shackleton base such as Amethyst. The small community at Shackleton base has been engineered to be like a family where everyone grows up behaving like close family members in an attempt to take advantage of their strong genetic predisposition towards incest avoidance under such environmental conditions, particularly the constant nudity. Members of the community have close social interactions and strong social cohesion, but they are not sexually attracted to each other. Salvaje is free to completely control all reproductive activity of the community through artificial insemination.
New character in the sequel. A multimillionaire so powerful that it is rumored he owns entire planets. He was a member of the Tulipan Order but never knew about Haldus Order, according to Kalid's records. He has many nanoimplants and there is one whose purpose is unknown. Well versed in Mantric practices and lucid dreaming. Kalid suspects Angelo's plans will be a danger for humanity.
Aristark is second in command of the Thot spaceship that is sent in search of Kalid. Aristark is a political ally of Leone: they are both members of the Antiquist Party. Aristark is Planetary Counselor for Justice and is in charge of the investigation into the destruction of the Elevators. Aristark and Leone attended the Sakkaran Military Academy together. Leone was accepted into the training program for spaceship pilots. Aristark went into Special Forces and was equipped with some special bionic implants, including composite blades hidden within the structure of his hands that, in an emergency, can emerge and be used like knives.
Aristark received financial support from the Galactic Antiquist Party and became head of the Sakkaran Department of Justice (an elected position). He is willing to do favors for Ketar in return for continued support. Aristark has worked to keep secret the fact of Spaceship Guild involvement in the destruction of the space elevators on Sakkara. Upon learning that Sybil was having some special navigation equipment installed in Leone's spaceship, Aristark decided to take advantage of the fact that Set and the Futurist Party had a long standing interest in Leone's spaceship. Aristark secretly contacts the Futurist Party and warns them that some expensive equipment is being secretly added to Leone's spaceship. This allows Set to capture one of Sybil's technicians and learn from him Leone's secret destination.
Sequel character. He is a member of the Haldus Order, versed in Mantric practices. He works for Kalid and Sybil. He infiltrates Loretta into Angelo's organization. He has the ability of empathy taken to an extreme. He can induce feelings in other people, an art also discovered by Haldus Order hundreds of years before.
A robot at the Haldus Order Temple of Esclangon.
Bahney is an agent of the Spaceship Guild and she spies on the Haldus Order Temple that is located on Esclangon. When Ketar arrives in the Solar System, he has the immediate cooperation of Spaceship Guild agents who are already in that star system. Ketar orders Bahney to watch Sybil and Leone. When they realize that the h32 star system is really the Solar System and that h32.3 is Earth, Ketar orders Bahney to bring Sybil and Leone to Earth.
Associate of Angelo. Arsenio will emulate him using nanotechnology.
A Magistrate within the judicial system on Mars. She hears the case that is filed against Kalid by Set. After Aristark attacks Kalid, she goes with Kalid to Earth. She orders the Martian Militia to keep watch on Kalid's spaceship and an agent of the Spaceship Guild is caught trying to plant an explosive device on his spaceship and steal the Invocator.
Glen was part of an experiment by Jeremy to develop a robot that could respond to telepathic signals. Set notices that Portia can apparently summon Glen by telepathic means. This gets Set thinking about the possibility of telepathic technology. Set kidnaps Glen and Portia and discovers that Glen has a special device in his head that allows him to detect T-particles. Set uses that T-particle detector to help discover the teleguide array on Earth and the coded transmissions that the T-particle conduits emit.
Father of Sybil. He was a white wizard inside the Haldus Order. He was personally instructed by Kalid and then became involved in development of T-particle detection equipment. He had a special interest in robots and gave his personal robot, Glen the ability to detect T-particles.
Jeremy became involved in the war between the Haldus Order and the Spaceship Guild. Jeremy discovered a robot spy that had infiltrated the Haldus Order. He sustained severe injuries while fighting the robotic spy. He later died from those injuries, but he had successfully protected the Order from the spy.
Author of "Haldus Mind", a book which portrayed the Haldus Order as an organization devoted to mysticism and esoteric religious beliefs. This book was part of an effort by the Haldus Order to create the false impression that the Haldus Order had no interest in science and had fragmented into a large number of independent sub-Orders on various planets.
Leone can behave like a maniac. Leone is impulsive and he could be defined with the motto: "Let's shoot first and think later". He needs someone to control him and in the first part of The Search for Kalid, Aristark plays that role. When the shooting starts, if it were not for Aristark, Leone would be dead in no time because he does not fear many things, maybe not even death. He thinks his abilities are very special and acts like a very valiant hero (in contrast to Aristark, who is wiser). He is a character that always says the truth and comments his thinking aloud. Nevertheless, when he takes the time to think deeply, he can make prudent decisions.
At the start of the story, readers will think that Leone is the main character in the story, but the story is not really built around Leone...in particular, Leone never even meets Kalid. Leone's search provides a way to introduce Kalid' and other important characters such as Set. A more specific version of "The Search for Kalid" could be "Leone Searches for Kalid". We many early parts of the story from the point of view of Leone and Aristark, since they start out together in search of Kalid. Leone is the "action" character or hero; he is involved in most of the thriller-like space battle scenes. So, his main role in the story is surviving many struggles until he finally finds Kalid and the threat from Set is countered. The main aspect of character development for Leone is that he starts out being skeptical about "mental powers", but he later (after the Invocator saves Leone's life) comes to have hope that Kalid has technology that can be used to deal with Set's murderous rampage. Leone also comes to respect Sybil as an honest Priestess who has been kept in the dark about the true nature of "mental powers".
Woman hired by Arsenio to allow the Haldus Order to know about Angelo's implant and plans. She hates men and only seems to love money. She was unable to feel pleasure until she met Arsenio. She is not in love, it's business for both.
Kalid is Great Master of the Haldus Order. In general, the person with the most telepathic ability is recognized as the leader of the Haldus Order. Kalid is a strong telepathic transmitter and also has some ability to recieve telepathic signals.
Biography: he lost his parents at an early age and he began working for the Haldus Order as an outsider. After many years of spy-like missions, he entered the Circles of the Order and was trained by the best Masters in the Order. They realized how much potential he had for psychic abilities, particularly for telepathy. He is one of the rare people born for telepathy and who needed less training than most members of the Order to achieve mind powers (telepathy, precognition).
Kalid is an important character in the story, but most of his action in the shadows. His major explicit roles in the story are only three:
1) He tells Leone to come to the h32 star system. Kalid accomplishes this using telepathy.
2) Kalid provokes Aristark into attacking Kalid when they are on Mars.
3) Kalid sneeks up on and destroys Ketar's fleet over Earth.
Kalid also brings Sybil to Esclagon, but this is not explicitly shown in the story. Kalid is part of the mystery of the story and much of what the reader knows about him comes from flashbacks and descriptions of him that are provided by other characters. At the start of the story, Sybil tells Leone to find Kalid because he is, supposedly, the only one who can stop Set's madness.
Kalid also has a small scene near the ending of the story on the Moon when he reveals that he long ago rescued Set from Polastis III when Set was a young orphan. This is ironic, because Set ends up attacking Flammis and killing Logan.
Kalid is shown struggling with the deaths of his own loved ones and he understands how Set reacted to the death of his beloved girlfriend, Katherine. Kalid is pleased that Set's anger finally comes to be directed to those who are guilty of the attack and he wants Set to join forces with the Haldus Order.
More can be added to the story about Kalid and his very advanced mental techniques.
We need to add more humanity to Kalid, that is, showing he is not the "perfect guru" or spiritual leader. The contrary, he is simply living a life caused by an interconnected set of events that made him become Master of the Haldus Order. Becoming a leader was something he did not plan; he has no desire for power or money or any conventional rewards. He is a very sad person who is still wounded by the early death of his parents and many other people who have been important in his life. It is like a pattern in his life, family and friends, the people he loves, end up dead. So, by the time of the story his reason to live is to protect his family other people like Sybil (he promised his deceased friend, Jeremy, thet he would take care of Sybil). During the story he has lost his dreams of a better galaxy by means of the Haldus Order's long term goal of creating a society based on Haldus Order ethical values.... society in which everyone knows about mental powers, something resembling the myth of Atlantis, maybe. But, even though Kalid is the Great Master of the Haldus Order, he is very pessimistic and fears that his efforts lead to too much death and destruction. He just wants to protect his people and become a better person, in the spiritual sense. He is very religious, to the extent of old prophets, so he only cares about God, family (including Sybil) and the Order. By the end of the story his spirits are raised after Ketar is defeated and Set begins to look like a new friend of the Order.
I am planning to write a flashback scene of him accomplishing one of his early missions, to show how he was when young and have a glance on his personality. THere can be more scenes in the present of the story, too, in which he takes a role, using his psychic abilities.
Kaleb, Logan and MeganEdit
Two sons and daughter of Kalid, respectively.
Kaleb has significant telepathic ability and can transmit telepathic signals in a way similar to Kalid. Kaleb was trained from an early age to help in the war between the Haldus Order and the Spacship Guild.
Logan is primarily a telepathic sensitive, able to receive telepathic signals.
Megan does not have significant telepathic abilities.
Kaleb and Logan are working as a team on Sakkara when the space elevators are destroyed. They were tracking a Spaceship Guild agent who was suspected of being involved in the war between the Order and the Guild. They were able to obtain evidence linking the Spaceship Guild to the attack on the elevators. They gave their evidence to the Sakkaran Department of Justice, but Aristark hid that evidence and did not act on it.
When Set's telepathic ability activated, he was able to detect Kaleb on Sakkara. Set confronted Kaleb and Logan and Set could see in Kaleb's mind that he knew something about the destruction of the elevators. Kaleb and Logan assured Set that they would pass their evidence to the Department of Justice. When the Department of Justice later claimed to have never seen any such evidence, Set assumed that telepaths were involved in the destruction of the elevators and he started hunting telepaths. He found and killed some telepaths who were members of the Haldus Order. Out of fear, the Haldus Order then called its telepaths back to the safety of their secret bases.
Kaleb, Logan and Megan remained on Flammis until Set attacked Flammis. Logan was killed in that attack. Kaleb in turn killed the two crew men from Set's spaceship who had been left behind on Flammis after the attack. Kaleb and Logan then traveled from Flammis to the Solar System. Kalid was concerned that Set would find the research spaceship that was then working on Earth to complete the teleguide array. Kalid asked Kaleb and Megan to go to Earth and try to protect the Hans Ludendorff.
Kaleb hates Set when they first meet. Kaleb is then able to understand Set's motivations and recognize that he (Kaleb) also murdered out of revenge. By the end of The Search for Kaleb, Kaleb respects Set's abilities and wants Set to help the Haldus Order.
Katherine was Set's girlfriend. She is killed in the accident of the destruction of the The Elevators. Katherine was born on Polastis III to parents who were members of the Haldus Order. Following a spaceship explosion at Pollastis III, she was orphaned and taken to Sakkara. During years of living with Set, they both developed their telepathic abilities. They never achieved conscious telepathic communication until Katherine's dying moment.
Ketar is the head of the Galactic Antiquist Party. He is trying to return his home world, Azur, to it former glory. He controls the wealth of the Spaceship Guild and is using it to build the political power of the Antiquists and a fleet of modern spaceships. After the destruction of the space elevators on Sakkara he takes action to prevent it from becoming known that the Spaceship Guild destroyed the elevators because they threatened the Spaceship Guild's monopoly on passenger and cargo transport to and from the surface of important worlds such as Sakkara.
Ketar's concern over the need to contain Set leads him to become aware of the resurging power of the Haldus Order. Ketar decides to play Set off against the Haldus Order until Ketar becomes aware of the fact that the Order has secret technology. Ketar then forms an alliance with Set and he hopes to obtain Haldus Order secrets for his own personal use.
After Leone goes in search of Kalid, Ketar wants to meet Kalid and try to trick him into forming an alliance against Set and revealing Haldus Order secrets.
One of the Inner Circle members of the Silver Tulipan Order. He did not believe the false information about Set that was produced by Ketar and fed to the Silver Tulipan Order and the government of Sakkara. Ketar was working to play Set and the Haldus Order off against each other. Ketar hoped to scare the Silver Tulipan Order into a panic so that they would reveal their connections to the Haldus Order. Ketar's plan worked.
Discoverer of the dangerous interaction between teleguide conduits and antimatter spaceships. By the time of The Search for Kalid, Master Olmo is dead. He was the previous leader of the Haldus Order before Kalid.
Norshe was a strong telepathic transmitter. Norshe was trained as a spy by the Spaceship Guild. For years she reported that the Haldus Order was more active than the leaders of the Spaceship Guild believed. After Ketar noticed Set's conflict with telepaths of the Haldus Order, Ketar finally started paying attention to Norshe's claims. In particular, Norshe was invited by Kalid to participate in experiments designed to develop Haldus Order technology for working with telepathic signals. In anticipation of completing repairs to Earth's teleguide array, Kalid suggested to Norshe that she should plan to come to Earth in the near future. Kalid wanted to see if it would be possible to use the array to amplify telepathic transmissions.
Norshe had a hatred for the Haldus Order because her father died in the war between the Haldus Order and the Spaceship Guild and she blamed the Order for his death.
Ketar's "personal secretary", essentially "chief of staff" for the Governor of Azur. Orchard is the half brother of Ketar. Their family has secretly controlled the government of Azur for most of the history of the planet.
Sybil's assistant. Portia has a small amount of telepathic ability, but she was not accepted into the Haldus Order by Kalid. However, Kalid sensed that she would play an important role in the future of the Order, so he had asked Sybil to keep watch over her.
Portia is very gregarious and talkative. When she is abducted by Set, she makes it clear that she hates Set, but her mannerisms remind Set of Katherine and he is charmed by her ways.
On Earth, Portia plays a role in Set's discovery of the tetrahedral shape teleguide array.
Salvaje lives at a small base on the Moon where he studies telepathy (his real name is Ben Olmo). Father of Amethyst.
Salvaje is the leader of a small group of people who are the result of thousands of years of selective breeding of telepaths by the Haldus Order. However, they represent a "dead end" that the Haldus Order abandoned. Salvaje's people have gene combinations that make their brains powerful generators of T-particles. The main function of these high levels of T-particle production is a form of unconscious communication that allows for a very high degree of social cohesion among the members of this group.
Salvaje is the only member of his "tribe" (they have a secret name for their group which they do not share with outsiders) that knows the details of their history and he continues to try to develop their powers of telepathy through a selective breeding program. Eventually he will have to train his successor...most likely it will be his daughter, but he is still waiting for her brain to complete its development. It is not unusual for members of the "tribe" to have to leave the base near Shackleton crator if their brains begin to show incompatibility with the unusual form of telepathic communication that links members of the group. Salvaje is very protective of his "tribe" and he harbors a significant amount of resentment towards outsiders.
Salvaje tries to make a deal with Set that might lead to greater awareness through out the galaxy of how Salvaje's people have been treated...treatment that Salvaje feels has not been fair. Salvaje also fears that if his "tribe" is not better understood then they might be attacked again at some time in the future.
Set is the head of the Futurist Party. He was raised in an orphanage and only learns late in his life that his parrents were members of the Haldus Order.
At the start of the story, Set is the main antagonist. He is called "Evil" by Leone and he kills thousands of people on Flammis, but he is later seen to be acting out of revenge for the death of his soul mate, Katherine. He is not just a murderer; what he did on Flammis had a reason: revenge for the attack on the elevators.
In the middle of the story Set wants to find Kalid in order to kill him. During the second half of the story, Set is shown developing his telepathic powers and learning that the Haldus Order is not really his enemy. His interactions with Amythest and Salvaje on the Moon allow Set to changing his mind about Kalid and begin to use his mental powers in new ways.
As a person, Set is self-made, and has many similarities to Kalid. His parents also died at an early age and he became very attached to his first love, Katherine. He had planned to marry her soon, but then she was murdered. Unlike Kalid, he desires power, but not for power itself but just to protect Katherine and bring modern technologies to the galaxy such as space elevators. When the elevators were destroyed he lost the meaning for his life and began to live only for revenge. He was involved in politics, and it was by way of political rivalry that he became well known to Leone. He was optimistic about the importance of technology for improving human existence and believes in the Futurist Party's goals.
Portia and Amethyst play important roles in helping Set believe that he can recover from Katherine's death and get on with living again for purposes other than revenge.
Note: Set discovers that he can use his telepathic sensitivity and the "Thot" mind/machine interface of his spaceship in such a way that he can jump far deeper into a star system than is thought to be possible. This can be expanded on in the sequel.
See also: Nudity on the Moon
Sybil is Priestess of Iris, the highest ranking female member of the Haldus Order on Sakkara. She instructs Leone on the importance of finding Kalid. Leone and Sybil meet on Esclagon and they realize the true location of Earth. Sybil has just enough telepathic ability to rise to the head of the Silver Tulipan Order, but not enough to be recruited for the special projects of the Haldus Order on worlds such as Earth, Polastis III and Flammis. She has a special connection to Leone but she does not want to give up her leadership role in the Silver Tulipan Order.
The son of KalidEdit
Name jokingly applied to the remote-controlled device that initially meets Set when he is on the Moon. At first Set thinks "Waldo" is a robot, but Salvaje explains that he is in control of the mobile device. See: Waldo (short story).
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A small planet in the Haldus star system that has the main Haldus Order spaceship building facility, the Johann Fritsch Memorial Space Docks. Johann Fritsch was the first modern astronomer to notice that Haldus is a variable star. This fact was recognized by Haldus Order members on Earth thousands of years ago.
Almaaz is gravitationally locked in the trailing Trojan position behind the companion object. One side of Almaaz always faces Haldus and is too hot for human habitation, but it provides plentiful energy for the human colony that is located on the cold side of Almaaz. In orbit around Almaaz are the Museum of Earth History and the Old Temple.
At the time of The Search for Kalid, the Haldus Star system is the only place in the galaxy where there are members of the Haldus Order who openly use the name "Haldus Order". On other worlds such as Sakkara, people who actually are part of the Haldus Order only self-identify as members of a local Order such as the Silver Tulipan Order.
At the time of The Search for Kalid, the Haldus Star system has a population of about 74 million, most of whom live on Almaaz. As is true for most planets, only a small fraction of the population of Almaaz is associated with the Haldus Order.
The Museum of Earth History is dedicated to keeping alive the true history of Earth. It is one of the few remaining places in the Galaxy where there is accurate information about how Earth was destroyed and turned into a Green planet. The Museum of Earth History is inside a spaceship.
The Old Temple is also a spaceship, the ship that was used by Master Olmo during the time when he was leader of the Haldus Order. The ship contains an important collection of artifacts from Polastis III. The Old Temple and the Haldus Order secrets it contains that are related to Polastis III and the transport grid are not open to the public.
Antimatterics is the technical field concerned with the type of antimatter reactors that are used to power the spaceship engines that are used for travel between planets within star systems (where travel by means of jumps through hyperspace is not possible). In general, accelerations of greater than about 50 meters per second squared (5g) are rarely attained.
As the threshold for black hole production is approached (See Figure 2, above right), energy requirements increase exponentially with only small additional increases in acceleration. The graviton field of the drive system is tuned to allow some of the available energy from the antimatter reaction to compensate for the force due to acceleration, reducing the acceleration experienced by passengers in the central habitation ring of the spaceship. "Standard Acceleration" (SA) is about 3g, a level at which the passengers experience about 1 g (Earth normal gravity). Using SA, spaceships can travel about 200 million kilometers in two days; in many cases, spaceships do not need to travel more than this distance either in preparation for a hyperspatial jump or traveling to the destination planet following completion of a jump.
Note: the graviton field from an antimatter reactor can also be used to produce artificial gravity for space stations or reduce gravitational fields on planets.
There is a dangerous interaction between conventional antimatter reactors and the T-particle conduits in teleguide arrays. If a conduit is actively channeling a large flux of T-particles then a nearby antimatter reactor can begin to produce large black holes leading to an explosion of the type that destroyed Egypt. In the time of The Search for Kalid, research funded by the Futurist Party has led to development of a new type of antimatter reactor that does not produce black holes. Set is the first to understand the significance of this new type of reactor for preventing reactor explosions.
The Spaceship Guild has not understood how a spaceship could explode and produce the magnitude of destruction seen at the Egyptian blast crater. They tried to conceal the connection between a spaceship explosion and the destruction of Earth by releasing the green nanite goo on Earth.
In the time of The Search for Kalid, antimatter bombs are used in warfare.
The Antiquist Party is a local political party on Sakkara that is concerned with doing things "the old fashioned way" using technologies that are not new. The Antiquist Party is financially supported by the Spaceship Guild. There is also a Galactic Antiquist Party which attempts to coordinate local planetary Antiquist Party organizations.
A major Earth-like world that was one of the last pockets of resistance against the forming Empire. Azur is in the Akara star system.
This technology was discovered by the Haldus Order following study of the transport grid at Haldus and the conduit array on Polastis III. The technology is related to the Haldus Order method for amplifying telepathic signals and transmitting them through hyperspace. The cloaking device is part of the "Invocator". It works similar to the devices routinely used for hyperspatial communication, except that rather than transmitting matter into hyperspace, the cloaking device only sends electromagnetic waves into hyperspace. A spherical surface is generated, either around a spaceship or a stationary base. That surface absorbs elecromagnetic waves and sends them into hyperspace...no concern is taken for the ultimate fate of those waves. At the time of The Search for Kalid, the cloaks are not perfect. In particular, a large flux of electromagnetic radiation will saturate the Invocator's capacity. For example, nearby antimatter bomb explosions allow for detection of a cloaked spaceship.
After the galactic wars, a new type of distributed political system claims dominion over all human settlements in the Galaxy. In the time of "The Search for Kalid", years are counted as "years ANE", After the New Eelections, the number of years that have passed since the new system of galaxy-wide elections had been established. "The search for Kalid" takes place in 108 ANE (After the New Elections); this is the year 2472 CE, as years were previously counted on Earth. After the success of this new political system had been established, a new administrative headquarters for the galaxy was established on the planet Parsa, but Parsa is purely an administrative center with no military power and there is no supreme leader of the galaxy. During the time of "The Search for Kalid", the length of a standard year was defined by the orbital period of Parsa.
The origin of humans. The Earth is now a dead planet, infected by a green nanobot cloud. Some people claim that the true location and history of Earth have been hidden. This is true, but the Spaceship Guild destroyed most information about Earth during the Galactic Wars. They re-named the Solar System to star system h.32 and in the time of The Search for Kalid, Earth is known to most people as h.32 while another planet in a star system 22 light years away is called Earth in stellar navigation databases.
Aliens from the Haldus Star system visited Earth long ago and constructed a teleguide array. The T-particle conduits of the array were then used to teleport between Haldus and Earth. The first intervention from Haldus into the development of humans on Earth led to the creation of telepathic humans . Most of the humans with genes for telepathy were removed from Earth by about 20,000 years ago.
A second period of intervention involved visits to Egypt by the descendants of those original human telepaths. This led to the creation of the Haldus order.
A third intervention occurred more recently in the Americas. After humans entered the space age and started colonizing the Haldus star system, the frequency of teleportation to Earth decreased. However, occasional teleportations to Earth from other transport grids in the galaxy continued until the conduit near Egypt was destroyed.
The Egyptian T-particle conduit was destroyed when the conduit was in use while an antimatter spaceship was nearby. The Spaceship Guild feared that if it became known that a spaceship explosion had destroyed Earth then they would be prevented from using their antimatter spaceships near inhabited planets. To hide the truth, they infected Earth with a green nanite goo.
In the time of The Search for Kalid, the Haldus Order is trying to repair the teleguide array on Earth. They plan to construct a new T-particle conduit and position it at the location of the conduit that was destroyed by the Egyptian explosion. In order to do this, they use a cloaked spaceship (the Hans Ludendorff). Unfortunately, Set deduces the location of the hidden spaceship and Ketar follows Set and destroys the Hans Ludendorff.
In the time of The Search for Kalid, the only significant human habitation on Earth is a base for workers at a mass driver that is used to send water off of Earth for use in the terraforming of Mars.
There is no monolithic "Empire". If you still find reference to an "Empire" or something "Imperial" in the story, remove it.
The Haldus Order Temple on Esclagon is no longer used by the Order. It is a "dummy" Temple that is used to spread mis-information to the Spaceship Guild. The chief Spaceship Guild spy stationed in the Temple is a robot: Bahney.
Ketar follows Kalid and Sybil to Esclagon and orders Bahney to spy on Sybil and Leone. When Sybil and Leone figure out the true location of Earth, Ketar orders Bahney to bring them to Earth.
Eye of HaldusEdit
This was the name given by ancient Egyptians to the transport grid in the Haldus star system. It was only after Haldus Order members traveled to the Haldus star system that it was discovered that an alien artifact was the source of a powerful twitino emission that can be detected on Earth by telepaths.
Veritas Flammis was a desolate world selected as a base by the Haldus Order for their secret research center for investigation into technology that can aid human telepathic communication.
To a casual observer, Flammis appears to be a dead world infected by a nanite green goo. However, careful observation of the world, made by using reliable scanners, will reveal the locations of human bases that were destroyed in the past. The planet has an interconnected network of underground bunkers that extends over large regions of the planet. People could be hiding in the network of underground bases with enough food to be able to survive there for months or years. The Haldus Order has previously been attacked, so it is now prepared in case of a frontal war or invasion.
Some of the secret bases on Flammis contain special temples and shrines and they are the source of many rumors and legends that have spread to members of the Order, even those who do not know the name "Flammis". Some people beyond Flammis think that this hidden world is a meditation, research and study center, but nothing is known for sure due to the secrecy that pervades the Order.
Flammis was originally colonized by the Haldus Order in 2187 CE. When a rebel faction of the Order persisted in claiming that the Spaceship Guild had purposefully infected Earth with green nanite goo, the Spaceship Guild destroyed the Haldus Order bases on Flammis and turned Flammis into a Green planet in 2278 CE.
The Futurist Party is a local political party on Sakkara that has members who are interested in the development of new technologies that will improve human lives. The party formed as a reaction against the Antiquist Party. The Futurist Party is interested in building space elevators on Sakkara.
"Green planet" means that the world's surface and atmosphere are a poisonous green cloud of nanites.....the result of a type of disaster in which nanites go out of control and destroy a world.
In 2156 CE, members of the Haldus Order established a base on a Trojan dwarf planet located in the orbit of the major disc-shaped companion object of the Epsilon Aurigae star system. The reason why the Haldus Order is named after this star, and why members of the Haldus Order made this the site of their first settlement outside of the solar system, is a closely guarded secret of the Order.
The Haldus Order is based on Systems Theory principles and is what could be called a "learning organization". Its organization is only loosely hierarchical; it is more "cell based". Each cell has certain autonomy, resembling the behavior of ants. It is an aspect that has been important to avoid destruction by other organizations, like Ketar's or Set's.
A secret society that has a base in the Epsilon Aurigae (Haldus) star system. At the time of The Search for Kalid, Kalid is the Great Master of the Haldus Order.
The Order's history is lost in time. Many of its documents claim it to be of old origins, saying Ancient Egypt was the place where the order was created, although bearing a different name. Scholars inside the order who have got access to classified documents have tried to trace the origins of the mysterious order to several secret societies that were founded in the first decades of space colonization. They were very different orders and societies, some of them were even completely secular and oriented towards political goals rather than spiritual. Several great masters gave current shape to the order through years and in ways that nobody has been able to explain. The Order that Kalid commands has a very high level of organization, resembling any large corporation, state or even a criminal organization. It has many spies in every planet of the order, some members claim but nobody knows for sure. It has some diffuse goals for the long term but none of them are told to the neophyte or people in lower circles. There are special information only available to the Great Master, for instance. Information is organized according to the need of each circle or member and there are very strict laws and special vows to protect the secrecy of it, since if the information about Haldus Order gets to other people it could mean the destruction of the Order.
Several groups have tried to destroy it in the past. Ketar and his past family members tried once; Flammis still have ruins of some attempts. Haldus Order has a front for the public: The Tulipan Order. That is the one where every member starts and the one Sybil thought she was a part of. The secrecy of that order is not highly encouraged since it contains false information intended to avoid attracting attention to the real order. Very few members finally get to the real Haldus Order after many years of effort and tests, in all senses. Each member has to find the answers to many questions by himself; old Socratic method is encouraged through teaching by both humans and AI capable of detecting and reacting to emotions.
The members are taught special techniques in what common people call the paranormal: telepathy, remote vision, precognition, divination, lucid dreams, meditation, martial arts. Members receive an alternate vision of reality, the universe and God. Although it could be seen as a religious organization, its nature has to deal with spirituality instead. They do not worship any god or person but God himself and they have different denominations for him. They do not see the creator of everything as a person; we were not created in "his image" according to their documents and teachings. God, for them, is some mysterious entity outside the universe he created and who can communicate with it and with its creatures. There are several views on theology and some approach the deity as an energy that cannot be defined or grasp with the rational mind. They teach ways to pray and to try to convert the mind of the member as a channel to be able to communicate (basically receive) advice from the mind of the universe or, most of the time, higher entities than man.
Haldus Order knows there are other intelligences in the universe and some say they have proofs of their existence, since there have been contact with them in the past, using indirect means, never a physical encounter. Haldus Order has plans for the future of humanity and they act as guards of it, following the advice from the First Circle of the order and from higher spiritual beings, some of them not dwelling in the same dimensions humans live. They see themselves as intermediary beings between the higher entities and humans.
They have structured all these beliefs in a systematic way. No member can have access to the full picture and some even say that only disincarnate members can access the full information Haldus Order possess. They have banks of data that are only accessible with special gifts, such as mind travels.
The Order is divided in Four Circles. Members enter the fourth circle and begin advancing towards the minor circles. A living person can only get to Second Circle; it is the circle the Great Master and other high ranking member are, like Kalid and Jeremy. The First Circle is for the souls (spiritual bodies) of Second Circle members who continued their journey in the spiritual realm. Knowledge about the characteristics of this First Circle is heavily guarded and only allowed to the best Second Circle members.
Secret is protected in many ways, using every physical or mental means available. This order has members who work as scientists in most of the fields and who are not trained in the spiritual aspects of it. Those are the ones who protect the order from extinction since the order has very advanced weapons and hiding systems, as can be seen with the Invocator device. Scientists also make research on the boundaries or spirituality and the physical world and try to make telepathy and precognition possible from both perspectives. There are rumors they have achieved the goal of creating an amplifier device for abilities such as telepathy and precognition. They also have experts in artificial intelligence, computers, networks, encryption, among many others. They are a very well formed blend of science and spirituality with almost no traces of superstition. Only the members in beginning circles think they have to understand things with faith. High ranking members are given profound explanations of many topics to be able to understand them using rational points of view, although spirituality is always present.
The reason secrecy is so important to the Order is the fact that they possess delicate information both in the spiritual realm and science/technology. If certain groups outside the order gain access to such knowledge, humanity will be in high risk of self destruction. The Order has even acquired very advanced technology only in order to control it or to hide it from humanity. Telepathy technology is still a heated debate; members cannot agree if it should be given to the public. Higher entities try not to intervene in topics that require the will of humanity as a whole, so it is a matter that does not have a solution yet.
A spaceship of the Haldus Order. The spaceship was used for the Haldus Order effort to repair the teleguide array on Earth. After the Hans Ludendorff was destroyed by Ketar, the Haldus Order names a new spaceship the Hans Ludendorff B. See: Hans Ludendorff at Wikipedia and Epsilon Aurigae.
Interstellar travel is made possible by spaceships that have "hyperdrive", a technology that allows a spaceship to be moved from normal spacetime into a "hyperspace" consisting of compact dimensions. After a representation of the spaceship's physical structure is created within hyperspace by a hyperspatial field generator, instantaneous movement of that representation is possible....the spaceship can be rematerialized at another very distant location in normal spacetime. While the actual movement through hyperspace is instantaneous, in practice, some time is required to rematerialize the spaceship at the destination point following a "jump" through hyperspace. An important limitation on hyperspatial travel is that jumps through hyperspace cannot be initiated too close to a large mass (see Swanzig radius).
Hyperspatial communication is actually more difficult than movement of a spaceship through hyperspace because no hyperspace drive device is sent to the destination and so there is nothing there to organize the signal upon its return to normal spacetime. In practice, coded pulses of hassium are sent through hyperspace. Upon returning to normal spacetime at the destination, the hassium nuclei decay and release "T-particles", a form of nonhadronic dark matter. The original message can then be reconstructed from the coded pulses of T-particles, but their reception requires a special and very large T-particle-detecting antenna structure (see: hyperspatial communications center, below). Most inhabited star systems have such a T-particle antenna structure and a relay station for sending the messages on to nearby human bases and inhabited planets by means of conventional electromagnetic signals.
It is also possible to use a spaceship's hyperspatial field generator to transmit electromagnetic waves into hyperspace. In the time of The Search for Kalid, physicists working for the Futurist Party on Sakkara view this as a theoretical way to cloak a spaceship's location.
Hyperspatial communications centerEdit
Reception of hyperspatial communications signals requires a large antenna array. The Empire has a network of hyperspatial communications centers distribute throughout interstellar space. These communications centers allow spaceships to jump close and carry on two-way communications with people located in distant star systems. The spaceships can then quickly jump to another location, continuing their journey.
Dreamtime Intervention. During the Dreamtime intervention, aliens performed genetic engineering on humans to produce telepathic humans. This was accomplished by altering genes that are expressed in the brain, particularly allowing for the production of Type C telastids in brain regions involved in human language understanding. By the end of the Dreamtime, about 20,000 years ago, all of the human telepaths and the alien interventionists had left Earth. Some gene combinations that promote unconscious telepathic communication remained in the human gene pool on Earth. The Dreamtime Intervention mainly used the Carstensz T-particle conduit.
Zenima Intervention. From about 10,000 to 5,000 years ago the Zenima conduit was used to transport telepathic humans to Earth where they made a significant impact on the development of ancient Egyptian culture. In a major violation of the Rules of Intervention, genetic transmission occurred and a reproductively viable population of Earth humans arose with the genes needed for Type C telastids. The Haldus Order began to perform artificial selection so as to promote the development of human telepathy.
The most recent know phase of intervention from Haldus started at the end of the Zenima visitations and was centered on America. Stricter controls on interbreeding between the telepathic interventionists and Earth humans were in effect for these more recent visits and there is no evidence of genetic transmission via the teleguide node in America. However, there was significant cultural contamination which continued until about 1,000 years ago.
Some evidence exists that use of the teleguide array on Earth continued until the Zenima node was destroyed. Use of the Zenima conduit for teleportation probably triggered the spaceship explosion that destroyed the Zenima node.
The device that was installed on Leone's spaceship by order of Sybil. The invocator controls the hyperspatial jump when Leone leaves Sakkara in search of Kalid. The invocator generates a signal intended to identify Leone's spaceship to Kalid as a "friendly" ship.
In the time of The Search for Kalid, Mars is the central administrative center for the Solar System. Ketar suggests to Set that he go to Mars and file a complain against Kalid alleging serious crimes. Set does this and the Martian Militia places Kalid under arrest. This draws Kalid out into the open and Aristark tries to kill Kalid. Set leaves Mars and goes to Earth with a head start on Kalid.
Kalid is eventually release from custody, but he cannot travel at high speed to Earth. He heads for Earth at a low acceleration and is accompanied by Felice.
Nanites are nano-scale devices (see Nanorobotics). Some nanites are destructive (see Grey goo). In "The search for Kalid", a destructive form of nanites is referred to as "green goo" because it infects a habitable planet and covers the planet in a suffocating green nanite cloud. Nanites also can function as an automated repair system for spaceships or a "medical nanites" for repair of damaged tissues.
The central cultural world of human space in the time of Kalid.
Planetary Counselors on the planet Sakkara are high-ranking politicians who must be elected to office. For example, the Planetary Counselor for Transportation administers the planetary government's Department of Transportation.
The only other world besides Earth known to have a teleguide array. Polastis III is the first planet beyond Earth where humans find evidence of another species that evolved to attain human-like intelligence. Unfortunately, the Polastians became extinct millions of years before humans evolved.
Humans first reached Polastis III during teleportation experiments that transported humans from the transport grid of Haldus to the surface of Polastis III. Eventually, the Haldus Order established a research center on Polastis III, but then Polastis III was devastated by an explosion similar to the one the destroyed Egypt. This explosion allowed Master Olmo to realize that an active T-particle conduit, when too close to an antimatter reactor, can trigger the growth of black holes inside the reactor and a resulting explosion.
In the time of The Search for Kalid, there is still a research base for the Haldus Order on Polastis III, but it is mainly concerned with archeological studies of the Polastians. Most research aimed at recreating a functional teleguide array takes place on Earth.
The minority faction of the under ground population of Azur. The Haldus Order's Temple on Azur is located in an under ground chamber within the Rugo area of control.
The first permanent human base on the Moon. It was destroyed in 2212.
Silver Tulipan OrderEdit
Sybil is a member of this secretive organization on Sakkara. Women members enter into the Neofinetia Falcata Order. The Silver Tulipan Order is really a cover organization for the Haldus Order. In a similar way, the Lerontz Order is the Haldus Order cover organization on Jemini. In general, each planet has its own local Order that is only secretly affiliated with the Haldus Order.
In "The search for Kalid", the technology needed for building space elevators on high gravity worlds has recently been discovered. Use of space elevators on worlds like Sakkara would end the monopoly of the Spaceship Guild for transport of passengers and cargo to and from the surface of inhabited worlds.
See: The Elevators for the space elevators of Sakkara.
Soon after the discovery of hyperspatial drive technology, the Spaceship Guild was formed by the major manufacturers of hyperspatial ships. From that point in time, the Spaceship Guild remains as the dominant economic force in all the Galaxy.
When a spaceship explodes and destroys Earth, the Spaceship Guild fears that spaceships with antimatter-powered engines will be excluded from making close approaches to major centers of population. They infect Earth with a green nanite goo to hide the true cause of the destruction of Earth.
Members of the Haldus Order know the truth about Earth and they keep spreading the truth about what happened to Earth. This starts a war between the Spaceship Guild and the secretive Haldus Order. The Spaceship Guild destroys the Haldus Order base at Shackleton crater on the Moon. A group of rebels from the Haldus Order continues the war. The Spaceship Guild discovers the secret Haldus Order colony on Flammis and destroys it.
Just before the start of The Search for Kalid, the space elevators on Sakkara are nearing completion. The Spaceship Guild does not want to compete against space elevators on the major world of the galaxy. The Spaceship Guild orders some of its agents to destroy the elevators.
Large masses disrupt hyperspatial travel. The Swanzig radius is the safe distance from a star or planet beyond which hyperspatial jumps can be initiated. Initiating a jump within the Swanzig radius can result in loss of the spaceship, usually by rematerializing inside a solid object such as a star.
Telastids are central to the biological mechanism of telepathy in humans. Telastids are a type of organelle that is structurally similar to mitochondria. They originated by endosymbiosis. The original free-living precursor organism obtained energy by converting Band II solar T-particles to Band I T-particles. These organisms had Antenna/Reaction Complex 1, but became extinct when molecular oxygen levels became high on Earth. A T-particle Antenna/Reaction Complex has a precise and unusual molecular configuration which can catalyze changes in T-particle energy level. Three types of telastids are found inside modern humans:
Type A. They retain a rudimentary capacity to detect solar radiation, but they have been evolutionarily modified to specialize for using chemical energy to facilitate the boosting of Band II solar T-particles to the Band III energy level (see the diagram, above and to the right). This conversion of Band II T-particles to Band III T-particles is used to allow unconscious exchanges of T-particles between humans for creating social cohesion and allowing for assessment of fitness. This capacity for Band III T-particle production evolved in parallel with Type B telastids. The capacity for solar radiation detection depends on a rudimentary form of twitino resonance by which solar twitinos modulate the rate of Band III T-particle production. Most of the Band III T-particles produced are on the edge of the band and they quickly fall back to the Band II energy band with the release of a pair of twitinos. During the "Dream Time Intervention", neurons in Broca's area were made to express these telastids so that telepaths could transmit twitinos carrying language-like information.
Type B. These have Antenna/Reaction Complex 2 (A/RC2, see diagram to the right -->) which is specialized for interacting with Band III T-particles. They allow social mammals to detect Band III T-particles produced by other animals. These telastids are only expressed in neurons that cannot directly contribute to conscious brain activity. In humans, telepathic signals received by Type B telastid are used unconsciously to promote social cohesion and allow assessment of fitness.
Type C. These were created by genetic engineering, starting from Type A telastids. This genetic engineering was achieved by unknown visitors during the "Dream Time Intervention" which ended about 20,000 years ago. These telastids were designed to be expressed in Wernicke's area and allow for conscious telepathic communication of language-like information. Humans with telepathy were produced and taken off of Earth. Type C telastids were designed to specialize to use twitino resonance for the production of Band III T-particles. As shown in the diagram (to the right) the required twitino resonance involves matched patterns of twitino production by two telepathic brains.
In the time of The Search for Kalid, there are two important kinds of telastid mutations:
Loss of function mutants. There is an important class of loss of function mutations that prevents Type A telastids from using chemical energy to generate Band III T-particles. In some cases, the mutation only prevents Typa A telastids from being expressed by neurons in Broca's area. People who have these mutations are "pure telepathic sensitives" with no ability to consciously transmit language-like telepathic signals.
Gain of function mutants. Some humans have mutations that allow their Type C telastids to produce Band III T-particles by means of twitino resonance between solar twitinos and twitinos that they generate with their Type A telastids. Almost always these mutants have lost the ability to control where their Type C telastids are expressed, so most of their T-particle production does not reflect their conscious brain activity. Such mutants can often produce large numbers of T-particles, as is the case for people such as Amethys and Salvaje. These mutants played an important role in the history of telepathy on Earth. For thousands of years, the Haldus Order performed artificial selection and selected for people with high levels of T-particle production. These high levels of unconscious T-particle production disrupt the ability of telepathic minds to efficiently communicate language-like information. At the start of the space age, these mutants were all sent to the Moon. That allowed true telepaths on the Earth to begin to develop their telapathic skills.
The four T-particle conduits on Earth once formed a complete and functioning teleguide array. When all four nodes of the array were functional it was possible for people to teleport from the transport grid in the Haldus star system to Earth. This is how telepathic humans reached Egypt during the Egyptian Intervention. One of the four conduits was destroyed when the Egyptian blast crater was formed. During the time of The Search for Kalid, the Halid Order is trying to repair the teleguide array by constructing a new conduit.
In the time of The Search for Kalid, most people have no evidence that telepathy is possible, however, members of the Haldus Order know that telepatic communication is possible and they perform research on telepathy.
Telepathy is made possible by T-particles.
Animals on Earth originally had a simple capacity to detect T-particles coming from the Sun. The basic sensory receptor (a modified neuron) contained telastids, a type of organelle that is able to convert Band II solar T-particles to Band I T-particles and capture the released energy as useful chemical energy that can modulate neuronal activity. This original sensitivity for T-particles allowed animals to sense the location of the Sun and make use of that sensation for orientation in their environment. In more complex brains, T-particle receptor cells were linked into complex neural networks that allowed processing of telepathic signals from other brains, signals that were useful for social cohesion, but almost exclusively among highly social apex predators.
An interesting feature of telepathic communication is that it is usually not very restricted by distance. T-particles can move between two locations (for example, the sun and a brain) by conventional propagation through normal space, and have been shown to be a normal component of the ultrafast solar wind, moving much slower than the speed of light. However, T-particles (and virtual T-particles) can also interact by exchanging ultrarelativistic twitinos that can propagate through compact dimensions, allowing very rapid transfers of information over long distances. Language-like telepathic information transfer depends on twitino resonance between arrays of T-particles in two telepathically coupled brains (see Type C telastids).
About 5,000 years ago a rare phenotype in humans allowing some capacity for conscious awareness of telepathy was first subjected to positive selection. Careful construction of a dual-star comparator observatory led to identification of Haldus as a variable star that corresponds to the "second eye" of the sky, the second most powerful astronomical source of natural twitino resonance. This astronomical breakthrough led to a selective breeding program for telepaths in Egypt, organized by a group of humans who could consciously sense the position of the sun and the "second eye" of the sky. By twitino triangulation (initially carried out only in the observatory/temples), these early telepaths could identify specific humans who were better telepaths and place them into telepathy training and breeding programs. This was the origin of the Haldus Order.
By the time of The Search for Kalid, the Haldus Order has spent a long time performing artificial genetic selection for telepathic ability and developing training methods that allow amplification of the innate telepathic abilities of humans. In the Space Age, it was discovered by members of the Haldus Order that there is an alien artifact at Haldus A that transmits a twitino signal of great complexity, accounting for the fact that Haldus is the second strongest source of twitinos on Earth. Intensive study of the alien artifact by scientists of the Haldus Order eventually led to development of technology for amplification of telepathic communication. The combination of telepathy-amplifying technologies and the Haldus Order telepathy training methods allows agents of the Order to perform impressive feats such as identifying the perpetrators of the Sakkaran space elevators disaster.
Set is an unusual case in that he is able to develop his telepathic abilities without participation in the Haldus Order training program. His skills were actually developed through long-term interactions with other telepaths, in particular Katherine. Using his telepathic signal reception ability, he discovers that the Haldus Order telepaths exist and Set comes to believe that they sometimes promote the interests of the Spaceship Guild. This leads Set to view the Haldus Order telepaths as his enemies. Eventually Set realizes that the Haldus Order has telepathy-amplifying technology which he could use to get revenge on the Spaceship Guild (agents of the Guild destroyed the elevators). Similarly, Ketar comes to recognize the existence of telepaths and the idea that Haldus Order technology could aid his plans for returning Azur to its former glory.
Some human brains produce unusually large amounts of T-particles. Good telepathic communication actually depends on twitino production and twitino resonance, so high T-particle levels do not really indicate a good telepath. Some humans only detect telepathic signals and they lack the ability to transmit language-like telepathic signals (such people are often called "pure telepathic sensitives" and they can be the most sensitive because their neurons all adapt for reception of telepathic signals rather than a mix of reception and transmission). Telepathic emissions can either correspond to conscious or unconscious brain activity. Many people with significant telepathic output cannot achieve conscious telepathic communication. See telastid for details.
Telastid expression is not limited to neurons. Some telepathic sensitives can "see" T-particle production coming from the entire body. Such telepathic sensitives use their visual cortex to allow them to "see" colors that represent patterns of telastid activity in the cells of bodies.
A Thot spaceship is the most modern type of interstellar spacecraft. Thot spaceships have a sophisticated artificial intelligence-based control system that can integrate with human brains to allow easy control of the ship.
T-particles are the basis of telepathy. T-particles are a form of nonhadronic dark matter that has very limited interaction with atomic matter by way of gravitation and dark energy but which can also exist as "virtual T particles" in association with the high energy interaction of down quarks in conventional matter, particularly neutrons. T-particles can move between two locations (for example, the Sun and a brain) by conventional propagation through normal space, and have been shown to be a normal component of the ultrafast solar wind, moving much slower than the speed of light. However, T-particles (and virtual T-particles) can also interact by absorbing and releasing ultrarelativistic twitinos that can propagate through compact dimensions, allowing very rapid transfers of information over long distances. Such telepathic information transfer depends on twitino resonance between arrays of T-particles in two telepathically coupled brains (see telastid).
T-particles can exist in different energy states. Large numbers of both Band I and Band II solar T-particles reach the Earth. Band III solar T-particles almost all decay to lower energy states before they reach the Earth. This makes Band III particularly useful for human telepathy. The Antenna/Reaction Center 2 of Type B telastids specifically detects Band III T-particles.
A device in the Haldus star system that can transmit T-particles to the Teleguide arrays on Earth and Polastis III. This allows for teleportation of objects (such as people) from the Haldus star system to Earth.
In 89 ANE tessellanium quarpounds with high specific strength were discovered, making it practical to build space elevators on Sakkara. The Futurist Party funded construction of two elevators for Sakkara. The Elevators were nearly completed on Sakkara but then a terrorist attack destroyed them. The Elevators would have functioned as space elevators and ended the Spaceship Guild's monopoly on transport of passengers and cargo to and from the surface of Sakkara.
Tessellanium quarpounds are high specific strength materials made from strange quark-containing synthetic matter that includes up, down and strange quarks in their nuclei and resoleptons replacing electrons. The original tessellanium compounds, such as carbon nanotubes, were all composed of ordinary matter and their tensile strength depends on covalent bonds. Tessellanium quarpounds have strange matter atoms with small bond lengths that allow a significant amount of strong force interaction between adjacent atoms.
A radical splinter group of the Futurist Party formed after the destruction of The Elevators and dedicated to revenge against those responsible for destroying the space elevators of Sakkara. Linked by the Sakkaran Department of Justice to Set.
When high energy T-particles convert to lower energy T-particle states there is release of two paired twitinos. Similarly, pairs of twitinos that "resonate" can combine with a low energy T-particle and boost it to a higher energy state. Type C telastids use twitino resonance to allow for conscious telepathic communication of language-like information.
The search for Kalid tells the story of Leone's search for Kalid. At the start of the story, Leone is acting under the orders of his boss, Ketar, and Leone is totally unaware of the fact that the the Haldus Order is developing a science of telepathic communication. As the reader follows the story of Leone's search for Kalid, Leone's growing understanding of the Haldus Order is shown. In some cases, the reader is shown parts of the lives of other characters and so the reader often becomes aware of facts before Leone does. This allows the reader to enjoy the suspense of wondering if Leone will figure out what is going on in time to influence the struggle between the Haldus Order and Ketar for control of the technology for amplifying telepathic signals.
At the start of the story, Leone is caught up in his own struggle against Set. Only slowly does Leone come to know the fact that Ketar is responsible for the destruction of the space elevators on Sakkara. The reader gets to wonder if Leone will ever recognize that his battle against Set was caused by Ketar. Only slowly does the reader learn why the Spaceship Guild and the Antiquist Party would purposefully destroy space elevators and infest planets with "green goo".
The ultimate question in the story is if it is possible for an important scientific discovery (the existence of a science of telepathic communication) to be kept secret and, if so, how the power of that technology would be used. The story is constructed as a struggle between 1) the Haldus Order, which seeks to use telepathy altruistically and help keep peace in the galaxy and 2) others like Ketar and Set, who want to use telepathy for their own purposes. So, a central mystery of the story is the question: who will win this struggle for control of telepathic science and technology?
For authors of the story, it is important to keep track of which characters know what during the course of the story, in particular, when does Leone find out what other characters know? In order to develop the mystery aspect of the story, it is important to keep track of when mysteries are first introduced to the reader and when the reader is finally able to solve each mystery.
Several mysteries are introduced at the start of the story:
Why is Leone searching for Kalid?Edit
This question is closely related to: Who is Kalid? The first chapter of the story begins by showing Leone in search of Kalid, however, it is also made clear that Sybil is not being very open with Leone about Kalid and she makes it clear that the Haldus Order is trying to protect itself by remaining secretive. Leone does not understand why his boss, Ketar, thinks Sybil can help in the struggle against Set. Leone cannot resolve these mysteries and must proceed in search of Kalid with the hope that Ketar is correct in saying that Sybil's advice is worth following. Leone has been led to believe that Set and the Futurist Party is more powerful and dangerous than it actually is. Out of fear, Leone has tried to get help from the Galactic Antiquist Party to protect Sakkara from Set. Ketar, head of the Galactic Antiquist Party, has advised Leone that he should seek Sybil's help, so Leone is acting on Ketar's advice even while thinking that Sybil is an irrational believer in "mental powers".
The reader learns most of Ketar's motivations in Chapter 3. However, Leone is presented with another mystery: why was he attacked upon his entry into the Akara system? This plants doubts in Leone's mind about Ketar's motivations. In Chapter 7, Leone has an unusual dream about Kalid and begins to explore the idea that telepathy might be possible. During a call to Ketar, Leone and Aristark fail to get a satisfying explanation for the attack on their spaceship in the Akara system. Leone fears that Ketar is just trying to get his hands on secret Haldus Order technology.
Rather than go back to Akara, Leone and Aristark go to the h32 star system and find a Haldus Order Temple that is not trying to hide. Leone finds Sybil at the Temple and they both suddenly realize that h32.3 is Earth. Is this why Kalid has come to the h32 system? Does the Haldus Order make use of green planets as hiding places for their Temples? Leone and Sybil are placed under arrest by Bahney and taken to Earth (see Chapter 10).
Set vs the Haldus OrderEdit
After talking to Sybil (Chapter 1), Leone hypothesizes that Ketar recently became aware of an on-going struggle between Set and the Haldus Order. Leone imagines that it might be possible to make use of
1) what the Haldus Order and Kalid know about Set and
2) support from the Galactic Antiquist Party
to protect Sakkara from Set.
Sybil tells Leone that Set has killed some members of the Haldus Order. Leone has no understanding of what might have brought Set and the Haldus Order into conflict. Leone does not understand why Sybil is being so secretive about how to find Kalid.....only with time is it revealed why Set has been using his telepathic ability to track, hunt and kill members of the Haldus Order. The reader understands this before Leone does.
What is the nature of the conflict between Set and Leone?Edit
This question is closely related to: Who is Set? The first chapter of the story shows Leone calling Set "the evil one", but it is not clear to the reader how Set came into conflict with Leone and the Haldus Order. Much of this mystery is finally answered in Chapter 8.
Sybil tells Leone that both Kalid and Set have "mental powers", but Leone does not believe in such things. Only slowly does Leone see evidence for telepathic communication and start to realize that Sybil is not deluded.
In Chapter 4 the reader is shown that Sybil grew up believing in "mental powers", but was she simply expressing a faith in such things with no evidence? In Chapter 5, Leone and Ketar both come to believe that the Haldus order has a technology for shielding ships and producing decoys that fool sensors. Chapter 6 returns to Sybil's past encounter with Kalid and her intuition that her odd experience with Kaldid was related to the current crisis with Set. Leone hangs in space, still focused in his thoughts on Haldus Order technology, not "mental powers".
Chapter 7 describes telepathic contact between Leone and Kalid, but Leone is not sure what happened. He tries to get Aristark to help test the hypothesis that he did experience telepathic communication with Kalid.
Chapter 8 shows how Set discovered his telepathic ability and outlines how he came into conflict with Sybil and the Silver Tulipan Order, in general, and its telepaths, in particular. Because of Portia's ability to send telepathic signals to Glen, Set begins to think about the possibility of telepathy technology.
Chapter 10 shows evidence that Leone and Sybil have long had a special telepathic connection, similar to what was shown in Chapter 8 for Set and Katherine.
In Chapter 11, the reader is finally shown Kalid's thinking. Kalid realizes that many years ago Sybil's mind had provided him with a link to the future and pre-knowledge of Set's attack on Flammis. This realization brings Kalid out of his mourning for his lost family members and friends and allows him to think with compassion about Set's own personal loss.
In Chapter 12 Set learns some of the history of the Haldus Order and its attempts to produce better telepaths and develop secret technology related to telepathy.
In Chapter 13 Set learns that the Sun is a source of T-particles and he obtains Salvaje's T-particle detector.
In Chapter 14 Set finds three T-particle emitting beacons on Earth.
In Chapter 15 Set realizes that the beacons are part of a tetrahedral pattern. That leads him to the secret Haldus Order "Temple" on Earth.
By the end of the story, some of the technologies available to the Haldus Order for working with T-particles and telepathy have been revealed, but someissues remain to be developed in a sequel.
Another mystery is introduced in the second chapter: the attack on Leone's ship near the planet Flammis. Leone is left wondering why he was attacked and if he should continue to trust Sybil. Leone wonders if he should abandon the search for Kalid and just try to get new orders from Ketar.
Only later is it revealed that Set was responsible for the attack on Leone's ship and that Set's forces had destroyed the main Haldus Order base on Flammis. This is revealed to Leone by Sybil who learned it from Kalid.
In Chapter 13, the reader learns that there were some Haldus Order survivors on Flammis.
Additional information about events on Flammis come out during Set's trial.
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"The search for Kalid" takes place in 108 ANE (After the New Elections). This is the year 2472, as years were previously counted on Earth. Before the start of the story, the conflict between members of the Futurist Party (including Set), telepaths from the Haldus Order, and members of the Antiquist Party has become very nasty and spread to other worlds beyond Sakkara. Sybil finally learns that telepaths of the Haldus Order did give evidence about the destruction of the space elevators to the Sakkara Department of Justice. Sybil tries to find out what was done with that evidence. She first asks the Department of Justice, but she makes no progress. She then decides to ask her old friend, Leone, an Antiquist Party official on Sakkara who was involved with government over-sight of the Space Elevators project, for help. She invites Leone to her home and tells him that evidence was given to the Department of Justice but now the Department of Justice claims that they never got the evidence. Sybil fears that someone in the Department of Justice is obstructing the investigation.
Leone, who is head of the Department of Transportation, secretly assembles all of the Planetary Council except Aristark. Leone gets permission from the Council to perform a secret investigation of the Justice Department. Leone uses the resources of the Department of Transportation to investigate the Justice Department, but Leone cannot find evidence that there has been a cover-up of evidence related to the destruction of the space elevators. Of course, Aristark is the guilty party and as head of the Department of Justice he has been able to get rid of all evidence linking the destruction of the Space Elevators to the Antiquist Party. After a few weeks Leone returns to Sybil's home and reports that he has made no progress. He offers to make public the evidence she has, but Sybil is under orders to not put the Haldus Order at risk by bringing back to Sakkara the two telepaths who have the evidence. Sybil's refusal to explain the source of her evidence makes Leone suspicious. He becomes angry and tells Sybil that he does not believe anything she has told him. She tells him that the evidence was obtained by telepathy. Leone laughs, thinks she is crazy and leaves.
Leone, who is friends with Aristark, tells Aristark about Sybil and the secret investigation of the Justice Department. Aristark reports back to Ketar that Sybil might be able to lead them to the source of evidence linking the destruction of the space elevators to the Antiquist party.
Ketar (head of the Galactic Antiquist Party) has a spy who penetrates one of the cover organizations of the Haldus Order, so he becomes aware of the fact that the Haldus Order is behind many cover organizations including Silver Tulipan. Ketar fears that the Haldus Order will eventually make public the evidence that they have about the involvement of the Antiquist Party in destroying the elevators on Sakkara. Ketar decides to make use of Leone to get information from Sybil. Ketar makes use of of the Galactic Antiquist Party's extensive spy network to leak information to both Sybil and Leone about Set's plans and this makes Sybil and Leone both believe that Set is massing forces for an attack on Sakkara. Leone is tasked by Ketar to go to Sybil in order to get help in protecting Sakkara against Set's plans. Ketar hopes to bring high-level members of the Haldus Order out into the open. Ketar's spy within the Haldus Order has reported that the Haldus Order is developing a secret science of telepathy. Ketar wants to learn if this is true. If so, he wants to lay claim to such technology for his own goal of advancing the power and influence of Azur.
2471 CE - space elevators disasterEdit
The Space Elevators are destroyed on Sakkara. The attack was planned and performed by agents of the Spaceship Guild. The Spaceship Guild knows that if space elevators such as these are allowed to go into use then the Guild will not make such good profits...they will no longer have a monopoly on transport to and from the surfaces of the major colonized worlds of the galaxy.
Set's ability for telepathic reception is awakened when his girl friend dies in the attack on the nearly completed Space Elevators. With his new mental powers, Set detects two telepaths who are working on Sakkara. These telepaths are part of the Haldus Order and after the attack on the elevators, they were able to quickly obtain some information about the agents of the Spaceship Guild who destroyed the Space Elevators. Set makes use of his telepathic reception as a detection and homing method and Set finds the two telepaths of the Haldus Order on Sakkara. However, Set does not yet know about the Haldus Order, and the two telepaths are at first only know to Set only as members of a cover organization, the "Silver Tulipan Order". By looking into their thoughts, Set gets the feeling that the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths have seen the evidence linking the destruction of the elevators to Antiquist Party members. Set demands that the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths tell him what they know. The Silver Tulipan Order telepaths say that the people who destroyed the elevators have already left Sakkara, but they passed their evidence on to the Sakkaran Department of Justice which is investigating the disaster.
Set puts the Futurist Party on the path to getting revenge against the Antiquist Party. Set also begins to investigate the Silver Tulipan Order and finds evidence that the Silver Tulipan Order traces its roots back to Earth and ancient beliefs in mental powers. However, the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths leave Sakkara and Set cannot make much progress in his attempt to learn about the link between telepathy and the Silver Tulipan Order. Set learns more about the Silver Tulipan Order from spies within the Antiquist Party: the Silver Tulipan Order has sometimes given support to the Antiquist Party. Set wonders if this shadowy Silver Tulipan Order should also be held responsible for the attack on the space elevators.
Thus, Set and his agents in the Futurist Part have obtained evidence that seems to indicate that the attackers who destroyed the elevators were funded by the Spaceship Guild, with the funds passing through the hands of Antiquist Party members on Sakkara. Set does not trust the government of Sakkara which is dominated by the Antiquist Party. Set asks the Justice Department what they did with the evidence they got from the Silver Tulipan Order. The Justice Department denies ever getting any such evidence (However, this is not true. The head of the Justice Department, Aristark, has suppressed the evidence in order to protect the Antiquist Party). Set kidnaps several mid-level Justice Department officials who are involved in the investigation of the destruction of the elevators and uses his telepathic powers on them. He senses that they are telling the truth about not having seen any evidence from the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths. Set assumes that the Silver Tulipan Order telepaths lied to him and were trying to cover-up evidence of a connection between the Antiquist Party and the destruction of the elevators.
Set makes use of his allies in the Futurist Party and his telepathic abilities to extend his search for Silver Tulipan Order telepaths and any Silver Tulipan Order or Antiquist Party members who were involved in the destruction of the elevators. This ignites a struggle between Set and Ketar and leads to the deaths of some Silver Tulipan Order telepaths as well as Futurist and Antiquist Party members. Set also makes trouble for Leone by claiming that Leone did not adequately protect the elevators. The Haldus Order has pulled all of its telepaths back to secret bases where they are safe from Set's revenge (even though the Haldus Order had nothing to do with the attack on the space elevators).
2470 CE - Leone re-electedEdit
Leone is re-elected as Planetary Counselor for Transportation.
2467 CE - space elevator construction of SakkaraEdit
Construction begins on the Space Elevators using private funds raised by the Futurist Party. Set continues to work politically, obtaining all of the required government approvals for the Space Elevators project. Set's girl friend works on construction of the Space Elevators.
2466 CE - Leone electedEdit
Leone defeats Set in the election and becomes Sakkara's Planetary Counselor for Transportation. The vote is close and disputed. Set has campaigned on the basis of his goal to obtain government funding for space elevators. Leone is a member of the Antiquist Party which works closely with the Spaceship Guild and does not support government funding for space elevators.
2462 CE - radio-assisted telepathyEdit
The Haldus Order makes a major technological advance in radio-assisted telepathy. They learn how to couple telepathic signals to electromagnetic signals. This allows the Haldus Order to become much more aggressive in how they use telepathy to prevent war and other social disruptions.
2458 CE - Ketar rises to powerEdit
Ketar becomes head of the Galactic Antiquist Party, the umbrella organization that supports local Antiquist Party branches on planets such as Sakkara. Ketar plans to gain enough political power to return his home world of Azur to its former glory and levels of influence that it had before the galactic wars.
2453 CE - technology advance for space elevatorsEdit
A new material is discovered that makes it possible to build space elevators for planets with a force of gravity similar to that of Earth. Set and other members of the Sakkara Futurist Party begin to lobby for government funding to build space elevators for Sakkara. The ultimate goal is to end the practice of landing antimatter-powered spaceships on Sakkara.
2425 CE - Explosion in the Polastis star system Edit
The Haldus Order has learned how to teleport from the Haldus star system to Polastis III and has a large research facility on that planet. A spaceship near one of the teleguide conduits on Polastis III explodes, creating a blast crater similar to that at the position of Egypt on Earth.
Taking advantage of the chaos following the galactic wars, the Spaceship Guild completes a program in "historical revisionism". In order to try to erase the true history of Earth, the Empire alters all databases and creates a false history of Earth, including a galaxy-wide falsification of Earth's actual location. They enter into the databases false coordinates for Earth, coordinates which correspond to a Green Planet located in another star system that is 22 parsecs from Earth.
2364 CE - End of the galactic warsEdit
After the terrible destruction of the galactic wars a new distributed political system spreads to claim dominion over all human settlements in the Galaxy. Ketar is from a powerful but secretive family on Azur. The power and influence of Azur was greatly reduced during the galactic wars. Ketar and many people on Azur remain devoted to the task of returning Azur to glory and galaxy-wide influence. The Haldus Order often comes into conflict with men like Ketar in an attempt to limit their ambition and prevent warfare and destruction of human life on planetary scales.
2312 CE - Flammis re-colonizedEdit
The Haldus Order discovers how to shield a base or a ship from conventional scanners. They re-establish a secret telepathy research center on Flammis.
2278 CE - Flammis becomes a Green planetEdit
Starting in 2211 CE, members of the Haldus Order at the first off-Earth base of the Order (on Earth's Moon) start an effort to prevent anti-matter powered spaceships from landing on inhabited planets. Members of the Haldus Order on the Moon dispute the claim that Earth was rendered uninhabitable by a micro black hole impact. They have evidence that an exploding spaceship was the cause. Rumors also circulate that the "green nanite cloud" of Earth must have been intentionally created by blocking the normal nanite fail-safes. In 2278 CE, the Spaceship Guild finally tries to end this long-running conflict with the Haldus Order members from the Moon by force and so it turns Flammis into a Green planet.
2211 CE - Earth becomes a Green planetEdit
A spaceship explodes over the Sinai Peninsula, creating a crater over 200 kilometers across and destroying most life on Earth. The Spaceship Guild covers-up the fact that the disaster was caused by the explosion of one of their anti-matter powered spaceships. The Spaceship Guild wants to retain their monopoly on transport of cargo and passengers to and from the surfaces of inhabited worlds. They release a swarm of nanites that turn Earth into a toxic "Green planet". Most people in the galaxy believe that the reason Earth is no longer inhabited is because of the impact of a micro black hole which caused release of damaged nanites that went out of control, turning Earth into a Green planet.
2187 CE - Colony started at FlammisEdit
The Haldus Order accelerates its secret research program for development of technologies that will allow for amplification of human telepathy. Since Epsilon Aurigae is too well known on Earth, a new center for this secret research is started on a little-known world called "Veritas Flammis".
2156 CE - Colony started at HaldusEdit
The Haldus Order spreads beyond the Solar System and starts their first base in another star system, the Epsilon Aurigae system (among memebrs of the Haldus Order, Epsilon Aurigae is known as Haldus). This colony splits from the original Haldus Order of Earth and starts using modern science in an attempt to find ways to amplify telepathy.
2137 CE - Wadden CharterEdit
The Wadden Charter is adopted on the Earth-like planet Wadden. Nanotechnologists, including the famous Gena Calore, terraform Wadden and introduce many lifeforms from Earth by making use of nanotechnology in order to modify the chemistry of the atmosphere and the oceans and make Wadden a pleasant world for human habitation. After several unanticipated ecological disasters during the initial colonization of Wadden, Gena Calore played an important role in understanding these dangers and then she and others established guidelines for how to avoid them in the future. These guidelines developed into the Wadden Charter, a document defining the responsibilities of nanotechnologists and other wielders of advanced technologies to respect and protect planetary ecosystems and manage human societies on Earth-like worlds.
2131 CE - Spaceship Guild foundedEdit
The Haldus Order starts in Egypt as a training center for the development of telepathic powers. For the ancient Egyptians this meant trying to improve their powers of divination and also exploration of their perceived spiritual connection to animals such as cats.
This page helps keep track of key events during the story.
Most of the events during the course of the story take place in the year 108 ANE. There are also some "flash backs" to earlier years. The main timeline for earlier years is at The search for Kalid/Timeline.
In order to build mystery and suspense, even the events of 108 ANE are not presented to the reader in the order they happen.
The year 74 ANEEdit
When Sybil and Kalid first meet, they experience a strange form of telepathic contact. This has important implications for later events in 108 ANE that are shown in the story. Sybil's flashback to 74 ANE starts on the page sections "Worried" and "Destiny in Chapter 4 and is completed in Chapter 6.
The year 78 ANEEdit
In Chapter 7, Leone recalls an old dream he once had about Sybil. Leone begins to interpret this dream according to his new hypothesis that people can achieve telepathic communication in dreams. In Chapter 10 Sybil describes a dream she had near the time when she first met Leone.
The year 107 ANEEdit
Most of Chapter 8 is an account of the destruction of the space elevators on Sakkara. Scenes of the destruction are described from the perspectives several people including Set. Information is given about Set's dream. The dream is relevant to later events on the Moon (the "bald woman" is Amethyst).
The year 108 ANEEdit
Some important events of late 107 ANE and early 108 ANE (from the perspective of Set) are outlined in Chapter 8.
The page section "Duties" in Chapter 4 also takes place on Day 1, after Leone's meeting with Sybil. The last paragraph of the first page section in Chapter 6 completes the description of Sybil's thoughts about the events in 74 ANE and their implications for events in 108 ANE. Sybil believes that her odd experience when she first met Kalid has some relevance to the events of 108 ANE.
Events for this day are either briefly recalled by Set or simply implied in the story.
Early in the day:
- Set orders the capture of a technician who installed the Invocator on Leone's spaceship. Set uses his telepathic powers to learn where Leone's ship is programmed to go. Based on what he learns, Set starts his own trip to Flammis. Reasons for Set's watchfulness over Leone's spaceship is described in Chapter 8.
Late in the day:
- Leone and Aristark leave Sakkara on their way to Flammis.
Set's ship attacks Flammis. See Chapter 13.
Assuming a day to exit the Memphis star system and another day to reach Flammis after the hyperspatial jump, then the events in Chapter 1 near Flammis are on day 4 (three days after Sybil tells Leone to go to Flammis).
Most of Chapter 2 also takes place on Day 4. Leone's spaceship is attacked.
The first page section of Chapter 3 (showing Ketar anticipating the success of Leone's mission to find Ketar) is on day 4.
The hyperspatial jump at the end of Chapter 2 takes place during Day 5.
Most of Chapter 3 is about events on Day 5, after Leone's ship enters the Akara system. The first part of Chapter 4 continues the description of the attack on Leone's spaceship in the Akara system (from Leone's perspective). Chapter 5 shows the battle from both Leone's perspective and from the perspective of Ketar. Leone's escape from the Akara system is shown in Chapter 6.
Kalid takes Sybil off of Sakkara. Just before jumping to the h32 star system, Kalid tries to contact Leone telepathically (using mechanical signal boosting). Set, returning to Sakkara from Flammis, intercepts the telepathic transmission from Kalid; see the last section of Chapter 8 called "Runaround".
Set calls his forces on Sakkara and orders an attempt to break into Sybil's house and learn where she went. Set makes a jump to the h32 star system but cannot track Kalid because Kalid cloaks his spaceship and can hide his own production of T-particles. Set quickly goes back to Sakkara. Set again contacts Sakkara and gets a report on Sybil's stolen computer files and he then decides to go visit Ketar.
After arriving in the h32 system, Kalid and Sybil decide to visit the Haldus Order Temple on Esclagon.
Description of the events of Day 6 starts in Chapter 6. Leone and Aristark have jumped a short distance away from the Akara star system and they try to understand why they have been attacked and what to do next.
Ketar learns from Spaceship Guild spies that Kalid has arrived on Esclagon. He departs from Azur to go to the h32 system.
Not explicitly shown in the story, but Kalid continues to try to contact Leone telepathically.
Kaleb kill's Set's two crewmen on Flammis. Kaleb contacts Kalid telepathically to report on events. Kaleb and Megan leave Flammis and head for Earth.
Ketar's "meeting" with Set takes place at a hyperspatial communications station not far from the the Akara system. (see the page section of Chapter 8 called " Wolves") After the meeting, Ketar continues to the h32 system. Set returns to Sakkara.
In the early morning, Leone has his telepathic contact with Kalid during a dream (Chapter 7). Leone learns the coordinates of Esclagon. Leone tries to contact Sybil, but only speaks briefly to Portia.
As shown in Chapter 8, Set hears a recording of Leone's conversation with Portia and decides to capture Portia and Glen and return to Akara with the hope that he might now find Sybil and Kalid in that star system.
Before jumping out of the Memphis star system, Aristark speaks to Ketar and decides that rather than return to Azur, he should go to the h32 star system (Ketar is already there).
Ketar is at Esclagon monitoring the activity of Sybil and Kalid. Leone's and Set's spaceships arrive in the h32 system.
Upon reaching h32, Set contacts Ketar. Ketar suggests that Set submit murder charges against Kalid on Mars (see the end of Chapter 8).
Implied: When Ketar awakes, he discovers that Kalid is missing. Ketar cannot track Kalid's cloaked ship and he fears that Kalid might be going to Earth, so Ketar goes to Earth. However, Kalid goes to Mars (in an attempt to intercept Set) during the time that Leone goes to Esclagon.
Chapter 9 shows Leone and Aristark at Esclagon. Aristark takes their spaceship and goes to Mars. (Not shown: Ketar contacts Aristark and orders him to go to Mars)
Sybil and Leone figure out where Earth is (Chapter 10). They try to communicate what they know to Kalid; they are captured by Spaceship Guild agents and taken to Earth.
Kalid must defend himself against Set's charges on Mars (See Chapter 11). Aristark arrives and tries to silence Kalid.
Set departs for Earth, but stops on the Moon where he starts to get doubts about Ketar (see Chapter 12).
Everyone arrives on Earth (See Chapter 14) in this order:
- Ketar is there first with his spy who has penetrated the Haldus Order and learned that there is a Temple on Earth. However, the information from the spy does not allow Ketar to find the Temple.
- Sybil and Leone arrive as prisoners of the Spaceship Guild. Ketar asks Sybil where the Temple is, but she does not know. Ketar regrets having ordered Kalid's death. Ketar asks Leone for the keypass to his spaceship, but Leone refuses.
- Set arrives next by way of the Moon. He has Portia and Glen with him. Ketar wants Set to use his telepathic ability to detect the location of the Temple. Set leads them to one of the four twitino observatories on Earth. They end up having to continue searching and they go to two more before....
- Norshe arrives and works with Sybil, leading to recognition of the tetrahedral arrangement of the twitino beacons (See Chapter 15).
- Everyone converges on the Haldus Order spaceship that is at the position in the crater where the fourth T-particle beacon once was.
- Kaleb and Megan are already there, inside the shielded Temple (See Chapter 16).
- Kalid is the last to arrive at Earth (with Felice).
Visit to the museum ship near Almaaz in the Haldus star system (See Chapter 17).
The case against Set.
Set defends himself.
Departure from Almaaz.
The story ends on the Moon.