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The 5th Sign: Revelations

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1st ENVOY'S JOURNAL - LOG 698

At this point, global death toll has reached approximately 2 billion based on the averaging of many contradicting reports worldwide. Entire cities have now become literal graveyards devoid of any human life. This is a result of a perfect storm of circumstances and events that led to massive population die-offs due to famine, diseases and violence brought on by various warring factions that have all sprung up, vying for control over territories and essential supplies.

Many nations have devolved into failed states, while the resilient and stronger ones have walled off their cities and key regions, to keep invaders from taking advantage of their resources. Despite all this, some semblance of normalcy have returned to places and regions that were able to cope with the grim circumstances, mainly those that are unaffected by the encroaching shorelines, or have adapted to it.

Military rule is now a norm, with democratic systems quickly transforming into autocracies, granting emergency powers to a single ruler or a council of individuals, turning entire nations into police states, and movement of individuals tightly controlled. The old world order and former national identities gradually dissolved with neighboring nations forming pacts and alliances, consolidating to eventually form a new world order that consisted of 3 power blocs that now rule the Earth.

While humanity continue with their politics and never ending squabbles, above all this, the ever enigmatic and clandestine Synod remains unmoved by these recent developments. In fact, the Synod has not lifted a finger even as the Hierarchy have entered into Martian orbit. A boundary that marks the Synod's 1st and inner-most sphere of influence in this system.

Eventually the day came when the monolith vessels of the Hierarchy descended into Earth's atmosphere. The entire world stood still as these massive ships loomed over the dreary skies at every corner of the Earth. For the first time in nearly 27 months since it all began, a sense of calm and serenity permeated the air, with nothing but the deep ubiquitous hum that filled the skies.

Prior to this, knowledge of the Hierarchy's existence was strictly limited to the Synod. No one outside knew even in the highest echelons of power of humanity. Now, the dreadful truth finally comes face to face with all of mankind. For decades, ideas of contact with interstellar beings and civilizations were consigned to mere speculations and conspiracies, esoteric fascinations by a few and vastly lampooned by the greater public. Even the United Nations have written extensively on hypothetical scenarios of this eventuality, and how best to prepare the masses for it. Now that the Hierarchy are here, humanity's opinions have become utterly irrelevant. Of all the beings in this vast universe that humanity could have made first contact with, it is unfortunate that it had to be the Hierarchy.

I don't know about other Earths in other parallel universes. Perhaps their fate is different. And I don't care about them as they are not us. But this has to be worst of them all. Perhaps this is the reason why the Synod have chosen to make a foothold here.

At this point I'm not sure if the Synod will ever do anything. I say this because humanity do not posses the means to even nudge the Hierarchy in the slightest. What are we compared to beings that have existed far older than the Earth? I have been questioning their motivations and truly, my allegiance to the organization have been shaky as of late. Even after being in the service of the Synod for nearly 20 years, much of the organization's machinations are still a mystery to me. But who am I kidding? The Synod, who is a part of a greater organization, whose true scope, size, and power is beyond the comprehension for a mere human like me.

I'm rambling at this point. I have become restless and my mind is troubled as of late. I'm nowhere near HQ nor do I know of my partner's whereabouts. We were supposed to rendezvous but the events of late have pushed our plans further back. Furthermore, the calamitous events that befell the Earth recently were merely a prelude of what true nightmares are about to come. The day of reckoning has just begun...


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Even the United Nations have written extensively on hypothetical scenarios of this eventuality, and how best to prepare the masses for it. Now that the Hierarchy are here, humanity's opinions have become utterly irrelevant. Of all the beings in this vast universe that humanity could have made first contact with, it is unfortunate that it had to be the Hierarchy.


No plan survives contact with the enemy, especially against something so alien and incomprehensible as the Hierarchy. Humanity is utterly at their mercy and it appears the Hierarchy has none of it.

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Julian-FaylonaProfessional Digital Artist

All our conceptions of alien life are so limited to our understanding of science and our human perspective that I bet if the day ever comes, it will be so utterly strange that humanity won't be prepared for it. William Gibson's Hinterlands described this perfectly.

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WII HAVE COME FOR YOU

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ConuironHobbyist Writer

I like those pillars in the sky amid the broken buildings. Ominous.

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Julian-FaylonaProfessional Digital Artist

thank you :)

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Splendid artwork. I especially like that this piece and the ones before have a loose story attached to them.

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Julian-FaylonaProfessional Digital Artist

thank you :)

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Pretty relevant to current events

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UDtheAesirHobbyist General Artist

Sick!

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Julian-FaylonaProfessional Digital Artist

thank you :)

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No prob!

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Are they really worse than those who are now looking at the depravities of the Nazis and saying "We want that. We want that, squared."

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Stunning


It was Hierarchy the whole time.

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Ohh how we long for new pieces of information from this horrid world you have created. Your story telling us excellent and your art is a feast for the eyes of those of us who understand depravity.

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I knew it!

They want to build a hyperspeed-express-highway right through our planet.

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