Overseer's Assassin

Chapter 7

An alien informs Samar that he will soon meet the ruling Council of the galaxy. Samar fully understands the significance. The aliens implanted information into him regarding the galaxy and its political structure. All life in the galaxy is governed by a central Ruling Council. Each intelligent species is a self-governed member of the central government. The role of the Council is to facilitate peace among species, implement best practices throughout the galaxy, and introduce new species into the galactic community.

Earth’s people were not given this chance, although that was the original plan. Most of the species in the galaxy were “seeded” and guided to evolutionary maturity within the environment of their home planet. Earth, however, is one of the few worlds that evolved naturally. Earth was not seeded. Life began and evolved on its own. The life forms on a naturally-evolved planet are more random, unpredictable, and at times dangerous. This threat is very real to the alliance, since they fought a war with the last naturally-evolved civilization that entered into the galactic community.

Naturally-evolved civilizations have value to the alliance. Their uniqueness can add to diversity and drive innovation. However, they need more help reaching maturity. In an attempt to give them this help, the Council grants each of them an Overseer. When a civilization on its own develops sufficient computer technology and biotechnology, then an agent of the Council, disguised as a member of the species, visits the planet. The agent grows a brain using DNA from the species. The agent implants a living soul into this brain, and then connects the mind to computer circuits and teaches it to socialize.

The Overseer has a pure soul. His objective is to help his people achieve a higher level of ethics; to fight the dark traits inside themselves. If successful, the species is allowed into the galactic alliance. If unsuccessful, they must be destroyed. Earth’s Overseer was in contact with the Ruling Council from a young age, through the quantum realm. As the Overseers use their massive computer processing power to advance scientifically, they inevitably discover communication lines in the quantum realm. The Council introduces itself and gives the Overseer its objective. Earth’s Overseer discovered its objective in the year 2250, and assumed control over the world by the next year.

When the time comes to meet the Council, Samar receives a message telepathically. He knows where to go. Samar travels through sterile-looking clear tubes by magnetic propulsion. The city is visible all around him from the tubes. It is futuristic and pristine, with colored lights in select places that adds an attractive ambiance.

Samar arrives at the Council’s chamber. It is modestly decorated, clean, sterile and functional. Samar is surprised that people with great power are so modest. There are eight members, including the Chair. Seven of them have crystalline bodies. However, the Council Chair has an organic body. He is 5’8” tall, with a skinny build and a facial expression that is soft and non-threatening. The Chair’s species is reddish-brown in color, with more angular joints and a rounder face than humans. The Chair, like many sentient species in the galaxy, has a shape and size similar to humans. This form is practical for intelligent organic creatures.

The Chair approaches Samar. “It is an honor to have you here, Samar. Your presence is a delight to all of us.”

The Chair continued, “I offer my deepest apologies for what I had to do. Your species was a threat to the peace and safely of the Alliance. You must be sad.”

Samar responded, “I’m not as sad as I would have expected. I saw the worst of my species. The darkness and hopelessness broke my heart. I didn't want you to destroy Earth. I can see why you did it, though.”

“Did the Overseer survive?”

“No he did not,” The Chair answered. “We think he died a few years ago. We couldn’t find any indication he was still alive when we visited your home world.”

“That explains why he was silent,” Samar mused. “What could have killed him?”

The Chair responded, “We don’t know. We will return to your home world soon and go over the evidence to see if we can find anything.”

“You are a permanent guest here in the galactic capital. I sincerely hope your time here is comfortable and pleasant. Let us talk tomorrow.”

Samar thanked the Chair for his hospitality and traveled to his living space. It is modest and pleasant. However, the value of a small space in the center of the galactic capital is obvious. Samar is aware he is receiving honored treatment, despite his hosts’ attempts to make his stay seem relaxed and somewhat informal.

The Chair returns to a laboratory where scientists are analyzing Samar’s biochemistry. While operating on Samar to give him a new body, the physicians ran many tests and sent the results to the Chair’s team of scientists.

Once again, Samar feels the urge to meet with his Overseer. Traveling to see him would have been difficult enough when he lived on a different continent. It is nearly impossible now that he is in a different part of the galaxy. Still, Samar has a strong desire to return to earth. He must know if the Overseer is alive. Samar thinks about whether there is a realistic possibility of escaping from the galactic capitol. Implanted within his mind is a detailed layout of the city. However, areas that have restricted access are blacked out in this mental map. The only spaceships he can locate are commercial transports which carry many passengers. He wishes to leave without arousing suspicion, Therefore, he would need to find a private spacecraft.

Samar looks out a window and observes spaceships arriving to and leaving the city. He gets a general idea of where the ships dock – near central hubs surrounded by a living community. His living space is part of a community as well, and he deduces where the spaceships might be docking in his community. Samar travels through ventilation tubes around public areas until he is as close as he can get to where the docking port is likely located.

Samar attempts to break through a locked door covering a private transport tube. He kicks the door. It appears to be made of glass. However, it shakes but does not crack. Samar looks at the door and then squints his eyes with new resolve. He kicks the door again, harder this time, yelling as he kicks. The door shatters into thousands of pieces.

Samar leaps into the tube, moving as fast as he can before security forces respond to his unauthorized access. When he comes out of the tube he sees a dock with ships at the end of a hall. He runs toward the dock. However, two crystalline security personnel intercept him. Samar kicks the first one then runs up the side of the hall and to get past the second.

A large ship is docked nearest the entrance. It is unlocked, so Samar opens the latch and climbs in. Security forces lock the gate to exit the port and attempt to disable the ship Samar is in. Samar has no idea how to fly the ship or even start the engine. He looks over the controls, using his new increased mental powers to quickly get a sense as to how it works.

Security forces attempt to board the ship. Samar wonders why they are pursuing him with such purpose if he is an honored guest. Their response to his minor trespassing violation seems extreme. They were already in hot pursuit of him just for accessing a private transport tube. This makes Samar determined to escape and return to earth.

He quickly tries ten different methods to start the craft before finding one that works. Then he does the same with its maneuvering controls. The security forces, numbering eight at this point, unlock the door and enter the ship. Samar backs out of the dock. He wobbles the ship around, unintentionally disorienting the crystalline security forces on the ship. Samar then backs the ship up to the side of the port’s gate, where it is hinged, and blasts the gate with the ship's thrusters. The gate itself is an energy field, but the side of the gate is a kind of metal. The thrusters weaken the gate and Samar slams the front of the ship into it, breaking the gate at the hinges.

Samar’s hijacked ship is now outside the port. Two security ships are approaching and there are eight security personnel on his ship who are approaching the cockpit. He locks engines on maximum thrust and sets a course away from the city. Security ships follow him. However, their ships are not fast enough to catch him. Samar locates the intruders using the ship’s internal sensors and opens airlocks near each one. He is able to eject seven of the eight security personnel into space.

The eighth blasts open the door to the cockpit with an of energy weapon. Samar grabs the weapon and fights for control of it. Samar pulls the weapon from the guard. Before he can shoot the guard with it, the security guard shocks Samar with an electric pulse. Samar falls limp and in pain. However, depressurization from all the opened airlocks reaches the cockpit and sucks the guard out and into space.

Samar holds onto the doorway with all his limited strength until the depressurization is complete. There is no air to breathe anymore, so Samar grabs a nearby life support air tank. He breathes this air while searching the ship for a spacesuit. One of the pursuing security vessels stops to rescue the personnel Samar ejected from the ship. The other vessel continues following him.

Samar finds a spacesuit, puts it on and returns to the cockpit. The security ship fires at the engines and hits. Samar’s thrusters slow and the security ship gets close enough to board. Just then, Samar figures out how to launch the ship to light speed using another mechanism besides the thrusters.

The ship is in a bubble that bends space-time around it and allows the ship to break the light speed barrier. Samar is safe for now.