3023: Immortal Fidelity

 

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SYNOPSIS-

Imagine a world in which humans are forced to hide underground or risk being captured and turned into slaves, where the human body has evolved and grown stronger as the environment grew harsher. Picture a world in which humans are forced to revert to their instincts(,) buried upon centuries of knowledge and learning. This is the world in which Aurora Campbell has been born into.
 
 Set in the year 3023, machines called (Titanic Robotic Overseeing Network Systems— T.R.O.N.S) have taken over the planet and all humans are wanted creatures. (If unlucky enough to be captured, they are implanted with an Obedience Chip, sold to the highest bidder and forced into slavery for the too-proud-to-work Trons.) The few free humans have banded together and created a network of underground bases to hide from the machines, they called it Pandora’s Box.)
 
 The story begins on her 123rd birthday. Having been imprisoned under the watchful eye of a Tron named Mizana and beaten ruthlessly by one of his Novi-Trons, Elan, 78 years after being captured from the freedom base, High Immortality, Aurora and her closest friend, Cameron, plan an escape to be carried out the following night. After a long, arduous run from alerted Trooper-Trons, near mutiny after they are ambushed again the next day and Aurora loses the trail, Aurora finally leads the humans to High Immortality, what was once the biggest and most powerful of all human bases, and is shocked to see that it is in tact. She later discovers it is the work of a man named General Calvin Ayda, a man who is suspiciously charming. Aurora is cautious of him, but later learns to trust him.
 
The action truly begins after the General asks her to do the nearly impossible: break into the Ardor House inside Tron City and destroy the Ardor, the power source for the entire Tron network. Aurora’s hatred of the Tron takes over and, ignoring common sense, she takes this mission along with three soldiers named Hydron, Lyre and Avery who hold Aurora in, shall we say, less than good standing— Aurora shares these feelings. 
 
Aurora is then tested and tried in ways she never thought possible. People she thought she could trust now seem less than noble. The very fabric of the world as she knows it seems to be fraying. This growing sense of tension continues to weigh on Aurora’s mind until she invades the Ardor House and is captured and Neophyted (turned forcibly into a Tron) and programmed as a Human Herder. 
 
Upon realizing she has survived a punishment where every other human condemned to it  has died, she—along with the unexpected help of a newly upgraded Elan Mizana—dives deep into the Tron central intelligence system. Together they uncover a plot to recover and reprogram a legendary weapon called the Duress, originally constructed by the humans to destroy the Trons, to instead destroy the humans.
 
 Secrets are revealed, loyalties are tested and friendships are tried. The strong characters and raw settings make this story a worthwhile read, taking the reader through each character’s background and thoroughly stretching the reader’s perception of the future.

IDEA DERIVATION-

I wrote this back when I was 15 and had it published when I was 19. For a long while, this story was all I thought about. I wrote it at least three times and went over it about a dozen times. I honestly don't remember where I got the idea, but I know that I had a whole trilogy planned out. Never panned out, unfortunately...

 

EXCERPT-

JIM DARK MARCH 3RD 2875
 
         Since the first meeting of our operation, codenamed 'Reticence,' I have doubted the probability of our success. For forty years; me, my wife Naomi and our partner, Calvin have worked only to fidn people who were trustworthy enough to take on the responisbility that comes with an experiment such as the Duress Project. After selecting worthy men and women, we began work on finding the lost clone; the only being that we believed could possibly possess enough power to take down the Tron, in spite of the massive evolution humans have experienced.
At long last, we have found her. Our work may begin.
 
MEMOS TO THE DIRECTOR OF THE DURESS PROJECT:
MARCH 4TH 2875
STRONG SUBJECT FOUND. ATTEMPT TO REAWAKEN SUBJECT FOLLOWED. ATTEMPT FAILED. SUBJECT'S DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM FED INTO MAIN HARD-DRIVE FOR COMPLETE PHYSICAL ANALYSIS. AS WE ASSUMED, BASIC PHYSICAL AND NEUROLOGICAL SYSTEMS IDENTICAL TO THE ORIGINAL-SUPERIOR. FURTHER EXAMINATION WILL CONFORM OUR COLLECTIVE HYPOTHESIS. CONDITIONS IN THE OUTSIDE WORLD CONTINUE TO DECLINE AS WE FEARED. HUMANITY IS LOSING CONTROL.
 
APRIL 29TH, 2978
DURESS NOW CONSCIOUS. WE ARE WORKING TO EDUCATE THE DURESS ON IMPENDING MISSION. THE PROPOSAL OF A TIMELINE IMPRINTED IN THE MIND HAS BEEN UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED AND SUGGESTED EVENTSA RE BEING BRAINSTORMED. OUTSIDE, THE UNIVTED STATES GOVERNMENT HAS NOW BEEN INFILTRATED. NATIONAL SECURITY AT RISK. IN RESPONSE, WE HAVE INCREASED OUR WORK SPEED. CONTINUED CONTACT WITHT HE OUTSIDE WORLD IS VITAL.
 
OCTOBER 5TH, 2886
DURESS HAS MADE GREAT STRIDES. SUBJECT ALMOST READY TO BEGIN ASSIGNMENT. FINAL ADJUSTMENTS MUST BE MADE.
 
MARCH 26TH, 2900
COMMUNICATION LINE BEEN BROKEN, LEAVING NO WAY TO CINTINUE THE PROJECT SAFELY. WE ARE WORKING ON DELETING INFORMATION IN THE COMPUTERS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. TROOPERS HAVE SPOTTE DOUR SECRET LAB ENTRANCE. WE DO NOT KNOW HOW, BUT THEY HAVE L;OCATED THE DOOR AND ATTEMPTED ENTRY. THE DEW-MOISTENED FOLIAGE AROUND THE DOORWAY MANAGED TO SCARE THEM OFF, BUT WE ARE TAKING NO CHANCES. PROJECT MUSC BE TERMINATED.
 
MARCH 27TH, 2900
DURESS PLACED IN CARE OF LEADERS, JIM AND NAOMI DARK. THEY WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR SUBJECT AND TAKE CAREFUL DOCUMENTATION ON PROGRESSION AND DEVELOPMENT. DR. CAMPBELL ALSO ON STANDBY SHOULD ANYTHING HAPPEN TO JIM OR NAOMI. CONTACT BETWEEN GROUP MEMBERS HAS BEE BROKEN FOR OUR SAFTEY. NO ONE CAN BE TRUSTED.
 
AUNT NEV
MAY 16TH, 2905
I swore when I took Aurora in that I would teach her rightly. Her parents would not have been sentenced to the Raw Alteration for nothing. Being Altered, as the humans called it, was the ultimate horror: a terrifyingly painful operation in which every body part was removed and replaced with a mechanical duplicate. HUmans died and Trons were born-Neophytes-the lowest of the low. The Alteration was a nightmare to every free human. Paranoia was spreading. I promised I would not subject Aurora to such propaganda. She would be happy, for however brief a time.

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