Fantasy/sci-fi. The Three Realmwalkers, after some difficulty with protocol, are accepted along with Raphael as guests of the Clerics living in the Tree of Life. While participating in a Clerical ceremony, Alain receives foresight as to what the threat to Genesis and its Realm really is. With fellow Triond author Jack Shepherd.
REALMWALKERS: GENESIS CODE 03
Fantasy/sci-fi. The Three Realmwalkers, after some difficulty with protocol, are accepted along with Raphael as guests of the Clerics living in the Tree of Life. While participating in a Clerical ceremony, Alain receives foresight as to what the threat to Genesis and its Realm really is.
After the Manikin male avatar finished talking, he pointed to a Cleric guarding the main entrance to the Giant Tree. The Cleric looked imposing yet friendly at the same time – a sort of peaceful barbarian, as it were. He was as tall as the Archons at seven feet, more muscular than Slate, less so than Hilo. His white robes trimmed with dark green—as the Manikin explained—identified him as a Cleric. He held his huge broadsword with both hands, almost leaning on it with its point in the dirt. The Three Realmwalkers approached him with a little more caution than usual.
“Welcome to the Tree of Life, travelers from afar,” said the Cleric as the trio drew near. “You three are welcome to stay with us and to share what we have. But your Sentry will have to remain outside, Lightchild.”
“I wouldn’t cross His Dudeship’s value judgments if I were you,” Hilo warned sharply. “He has a way of making them stick.”
“Machines are not welcome here, only the natural.”
“Raphael, go to Freedom Level Five and answer this doorkeeper,” Alain ordered with more than a little sudden anger in his voice. “Use full naming protocols as proof of your operating status.”
“Acknowledged, Christopher Alain. I am not a ‘machine’, Master Cleric. I am a non-organic life form, one far more sophisticated than our erstwhile Manikin guide. I have no ego, no ‘spirit’ as natural self-aware beings do, as my intelligence is ‘artificial’; but at my present Freedom Level I can emulate natural personality better than any Manikin can, including a quasi-Ne’fi personality type.”
“Besides that,” said Alain, “my Sentry goes where I go. He’s my Bondmate, integrated with my own personality and powers, one and inseparable. I won’t stay here if Raphael can’t. I can find alternatives, you know.”
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