Title: THE TRUE STORY OF THE VORTEX. THE CONCEPTION FILES.
Word count: ~159,000 words.
----- KADE warlords' badassery and trigger-happy attempts to "influence the influencer",
----- Rob Nolementar and his fellow Luminites, whose agenda is even more selfish,
... as the need to choose throws her into a charmingly lethal vortex of causes and consequences.
(X) Major psychological setback punctuating the hard decisions Query Shark loves so much/ (Y) Luuuv as primordial choice-determining factor. Pick one. Or both.
X. A caring and decent soul's struggle of self-preservation vs. impartiality - "Luminites and KADE Emissaries are all my own, Rob, but you are protecting me from them!"
Y. Rob Nolementar is her lover. They are quite crazy about each other, too.
Aside. Yeah, you always find it kinda easy to choose sides... when both are asking for the same favor, but only one will obviously whack you afterwards so you won't change your mind.
Whom will Gate help to win in the Last War?
Will she understand KADE and their dire need for change, which, in theory, can justify any means?
Will she favor her Luminite protectors?
Will she change the future of the Vortex or keep the status quo?
Intro quotes to support the case.
"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Arthur C. Clarke.
"Technology has replaced God in the Western mind." John Clute, John Grant.
Parties. Hoopla aficionados all.
Sidekicks. His is as "soft" as a whore's heart. Hers - a whore, period. Both female.
Villains/decision-makers. KADE warlords, Luminanime elitists, and neutral Avguri.
Fifth column. Pheairras - the smartest people in the book. They choose to be big shark in the cold dark rather than small fish in the warm pish. And keep residence in the good Vortex clusters while working for the bad one, in line with any regular yuppie dream.
Aloof and therefore a-hole-ish balance-keepers: The Skydwellers and the Shadow Emperor.
1. The warlords are basically O.K. So what if they want to play the queen in order to tweak the fates to their own benefit? Everybody wants a place in the sun, let alone in a world where the sunlight waves are convertible to currency due to the Sol Vortex biotech and bionics.
2. The elite cluster disagrees. Also has different views re: whacking.
3. The Avguri play both sides against the middle.
4. The balance-keepers do not fix unbroken things as a matter of principle, but they love to assert their awesomeness. For both, they use methods from stupid to dangerous, which makes you wonder how they managed to climb so high with so few IQ points.
What the blazes is the Vortex? The seven-suns astral-physical energy production system Gate invented. It is populated with conflicting social clusters, and she's kinda their Goddess. Bit of a chieftain figure, with all ensuing snafu, but she won't find out she's their creator - or, rather, creatress - until Chapter 5.
What the blazes is that supposed to mean? The Vortex is objective reality in Devachan.
Smartypants alert. (Yes, I know the difference between Knowitallian and English.) Argument pro magical realism element: Devachan is a real thing. Or so H.P. Blavatsky has us believe. You can find Devachan on Wiki the Magically Real Free Encyclopedia, so the answer to #isthatathing is "yes".
In Sanskrit, Deva means "god" and chan means "dwelling". In a word, Devachan is virtual reality created by powers at various levels of cosmogony. Vladimir Vernadsky has a related concept, "noosphere", the mind sphere of Earth similar to biosphere or troposphere. Sigmund Freud would call it "yearning of Earth's superego". But Devachan sounds best.
What people think. Sy-fy nerds call it parallel reality. But Devachan is much more than a figment of sex-deprived imaginations, to which RealLife is no more than a server Error 404. Not to mention actual science, which, to the mass reader, is greater fantastics than Daenerys' bleedin' dragons.
Gate has her own name for it. "Dreamdwell". She also calls the Vortex simply "The Vortex", because she is musical, and to her ear, solvortex sounds like the name of a toilet-cleaning spray brand.
What's the book gotta do with it? In Devachan, all the stories of all the authors are tangible objective reality, from Eddur to Gospel to Atlas Shrugged to Grand Theft Auto. The only way to keep them real, should the author pass into posterity i.e. croak, is to have someone else think about it.
And? And Gate must write a bestselling "true story" of the Vortex, namely, 'The Skydwellers' Last Battle'. If she manages, that fragile balance of forces will remain stable for a while. If she won't manage to stay alive, either before or after other Human minds start feeding the story with their imaginations... well, that is a different tale. And if either side contracts another writer to do their bidding, then... that is yet another "true story".
After Gate started dating Rob, she is:
- - losing her mind and a couple of Choo stilettos in Prague
- - getting her leg bones crushed and forearm burned
- - risking to grill all her friends in a minivan barbecue
- - becoming very good at running
- - losing her mind again
- - getting infuriated
- - and - the worst! - turning professional writer
The point where this query becomes a synopsis.
------------------->>>>>>>>>>>>>.<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<--------- that's the blighter.
An explanation of how the blazes the two worlds connect.
Links are a sort of manholes in the fabric of reality. Only they're not portals, like, bing-bang-boom, I'm in Star Trek, drinking lite beer on Enterprise with Mr. Spock! They are all located in deserted or mountainous areas where human presence is sparse, the risk of human-triggered disasters is low, and the air is unpolluted.
The Links, just like hyperlinks on the Internets, are access points to new information, not doorways to heaven.
What do they access? Links are entrances to and exits from a complex four-dimensional structure (3-D + time) similar to a massive honeycomb and called mosaic time structure covering Earth like yet another sphere. Links are cells with broken or breakable caps. People move through the structure pretty much like bees move through a honeycomb.
Earth knows it all about particular Link vicinities, like places of power Castaneda described... or, say, the Shambhala in Tibet, where Jesus allegedly spent His silent or lost years.
All this stays firmly in the much-ridiculed domain of the paranormal and the esoteric, which is not surprising in view of many failures to think outside the "a portal is a door" box... or to apply tech methods to non-tech ideas, for that matter.
Earthlings have no idea it must be a Link. They think it's a place, a pocket in the fabric of reality, a hidden cave... They spawn miscellaneous B.S. theories, and after an expedition to Annapurna with whores and blackjack, write long-ass books about their search of the arcane. What they are ignorant of is the first rule of the transarcane: the speaker does not know, the knower does not speak.
All in all, there are seven Links connecting the Vortex to Earth, and numerous others, at which point let me mention
One important side effect.
All the doohickeys, bugaboos, whangdoodles from our favorite stories periodically sneak through Links to visit Earthlings,
a. -- inspiring myths, legends, and beliefs from Allah to Valhalla;
b. -- creating temporal mess, cause-and-consequence mess, just plain mess;
c. -- reincarnating as new humans if they're tired of Immortality, Inc.;
d. -- taking over the world - I mean cats;
e. -- making Freud giggle in Devachan: Stephenie sleeps - Edward slips. Nuff said.
f. -- making psychiatrists filthy rich - imagine an innocent curious alien crawling through a Link into a schizoid insomniac's bedroom in Roswell, NM. Ka-Jung!
g. -- being pretty much the answer to inane questions like "what inspired you to invent Quidditch, Ms. Rowling?"
Also, if you want to travel hither and thither between Devachan and Earth, you better have a lot of experience navigating in the mosaic time structure like Rob. And make sure to be armed with the mathematical formulas his father, the current Keeper of the Links, invented for easier navigation... and disclosed to an Avgur at a drunken party.
Final steps to the apex.
Gatie dots the "i" as she lounges on an Aegean sea beach. She:
--> understands why Lenatireya hates fiction; -->
--> finishes"The Skydwellers' Last Battle" , -->
-------> while Rob, having bought a fictional small press in advance, publishes it
-------> under the name Diana Whitcomb to avoid copycats, because Gate's legal name is
-------> Agata Diana Carolina Whitcomb-Carson. Also,
--> Gate tries Sarol Hannas weapons on random KADE Spawn , -->
--> engages in hot-pursuit-avec-butt-kicking in the Carpathians Link vicinity, -->
--> subjects Warlord K'Ramol & Co to dire punishment and political disgrace, -->
--> has them dispatched back to the Vortex as Rob opens a portal aka Link, -->
--> where they'll escalate the conflict to a feces-hitting-the-ventilator state, -->
--> but she'll think about it tomorrow - she's kissing Rob on the verge of -->
Culmination. Lovers separation alert!
>> to let him stay.
~~~ After several months in a "hell-on-wheels" training camp, Rob must go on the Mayan Calendar mission avec sidekick Lena and new characters.
--- sample text --- from Chapter 1 "Three Women in a Flat"