By Paul J. McAuley
On a synthetic global created and seeded with 10000 bloodlines via the long-vanished Preservers, younger Yama's ancestry is exclusive, for he seems to be the final last scion of the developers, closest of all races to the worshipped architects of Confluence. And on an afternoon close to the top of the area, Yama needs to ultimately recognize the ability he neither expected nor wants.
In the airborne dirt and dust of many crumbling bureaucracies, Yama searches for an id and a history-awed and scared of his ever-growing means to rouse the negative machines of destruction that his world's absent gods left sound asleep. To the typical folk-the unshaped and aboriginal-he is the success of age-old prophecies. To the functionaries of the dept of Indigenous Affairs, he's a weapon to be molded and utilized in the bloody civil conflict raging on the planet's midpoint-a probably unending conflict that pits those that revere the Preservers' legislation opposed to the damaging Heretics who may obliterate all antiquated values and codes of behavior.
But there are nonetheless others who've taken observe of Yama as he pursues the hidden secrets and techniques of his previous. clever powers older than the Builders-as outdated, might be, because the Preservers themselves -are pursuing Yama in flip. and they're going to cease at not anything to regulate his present-and, therefore, the way forward for every little thing that lives-in anticipation of the final word triumph of the Ancients of Days.
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The service corridors," Eliphas said. "They're supposed to run through every part of the Palace, even to the offices of the Hierarchs. " The gambler glanced at them over his shoulder. His long pale face gleamed in the combined light of their fireflies. He said, "Most of that's true, but more use these corridors than you might reckon, and not everything has been forgotten. " "You were playing the shell game yesterday. " "You're as sharp as they say you are," the gambler said. "I'm Magon, and I'm here to help you.
Yama stepped backward as the hellhound swayed toward him, watched by laborers and husbandmen hiding amongst wagons and carts. Eliphas called out. Yama risked glancing around and saw that the old man was standing on top of an overturned cart. A man jumped up beside Eliphas; Yama recognized the gambler who had been playing the shell game outside the bawdy house. " Yama turned and ran, and knew by the screams of the people all around that the hell-hound had started after him. He dodged around the cart and for a moment thought that Eliphas and the gambler had vanished.
Some poor wretch tries it at least once a year. " "Then I am doubly fortunate," Yama said. The old man's name was Eliphas. He was a runner who made his livelihood by researching cases which physicians could not cure by normal means. Eliphas explained that most of the people queuing in the courtyard were runners for physicians or leeches; he assumed that Yama was from a family which could not afford to employ an intermediary. He saw that Yama was hungry, and took one of Yama's pennies and purchased waybread and water from a stall on the other side of the courtyard.
Ancients of Days: The Second Book of Confluence by Paul J. McAuley