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Babylon 5 #01: The Passing of the Techno-Mages: Casting Shadows

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Soon the war would come.

With a cry of joy Anna swooped toward the barren moon,

her sisters behind her. As her sleek body cut through the invigorating

vacuum of space, she surveyed the training site

eagerly, hungry for challenge. The Eye had specified the coordinates

to be attacked. This exercise was to be at close

range, surgical, precise.

Anna loved training, exploring her abilities, honing her

skills. She had learned the dizzying delight of movement, the

exhilarating leap to hyperspace, the grace of flexion, the joy

of the war cry. She had learned to deliver from their confinement

great balls of destruction; to calculate the most efficient

patterns of attack; to engage and never break off, not until the

enemy was utterly destroyed.

This would be the first time she uttered her war cry. As

she wheeled toward the target, Anna held her body in perfect

control. She felt tireless, invulnerable. The machine was

so beautiful, so elegant. Perfect grace, perfect control, form

and function integrated into the circuitry of the unbroken

loop, the closed universe. All systems of the machine passed

through her; she was its heart; she was its brain; she was the

machine. She kept the neurons firing in harmony. She synchronized

the cleansing and circulation in sublime synergy.

She beat out a flawless march with the complex, multileveled

systems. The skin of the machine was her skin; its bones and

blood, her bones and blood. She and the machine were one: a

great engine of chaos and destruction.

The rocky brown surface of the moon grew closer, taking

on definition, detail. She located the seven targets, boulders

within a wide, shallow crater. She and her six sisters were

each to destroy one. She narrowed her focus to her assigned

target, coordinated her speed with her course. Excitement

gathered in her throat. She plunged into the crater and

shrieked out her war cry. Her body rushed with an ecstasy of

fire. Energy blasted from her mouth in a brilliant red torrent.

The boulder was vaporized.

Around her, her sisters fell upon the targets, their mouths

screaming destruction.

Chaos through warfare, the Eye said. Evolution through

bloodshed. Perfection through victory.

One of the targets was not completely destroyed. A fragment

remained. Anna pounced on it, eager to shriek again.

She targeted it, screamed out chaos. The exhilaration shot

through her. The fragment was obliterated, a hole scorched

into the surface below.

Excited by the activity, her sisters fell upon the vanquished

target, shrieking out a cacophony of chaos. Particles of rock

flew up as they blasted a great hole into the moon, firing again

and again. Anna drew energy up into her mouth, screamed it

out in blazing red.

The greatest excitement is the thrill of battle, the Eye said.

The greatest joy is the ecstasy of victory.

Anna's greatest desire was to feel it. And she knew she

would soon.

For soon the war would come.

The ship sang of the beauty of order, of perfect symmetry

and ultimate peace. It glided through the calm blackness of

space, absorbing it. Energy circulated through its petals in a

regular rhythm. The serenity of its silent passage, the unity of

its functioning, the satisfaction of service wove through its


Ahead, a blue-and-white orb glowed in the blackness, the

goal of the journey. The ship slipped through the stillness

toward it, following Kosh's direction eagerly. Obedience was

its greatest joy.

Within the song, Kosh slowed the ship's speed, directing it

to stop a safe distance from the planet, which was known to

its inhabitants as Soom. Although most of the planet's inhabitants

had little technology, two lived among them and served

as guardians, two fabulists, who would detect his presence if

he went too close.

Soon more would come as the fabulists gathered for their

assemblage. Long had Kosh watched them, for three hundred

and thirty and three such assemblages. He had watched as

different races had become dominant within the group, the

most recent being Humans. He had watched as the fabulists

gradually transformed from anarchy to order. They had

achieved some admirable goals, had created fleeting moments

of great beauty.

But now the universe was gathering itself for a great conflagration.

The forces of chaos had returned to their ancient

home and had begun to build their resources for war. The Vorlons,

Kosh among them, likewise prepared. The fabulists did

not know the danger of their position. They carried great

power. They could be the pivot on which the great war turned.

Many among the Vorlons thought the time for action was

now. They did not trust the fabulists. Yet Kosh felt they must

watch just a while longer. The fabulists faced a difficult decision,

and they should be allowed to make it. If they chose

wrongly, then they would die. But let them first choose. Great

power carried both great danger and great possibility.

Kosh altered the ship's song, directing the ship to extrude

several buoys, which would take up positions around the

planet and observe it. Then he would return to Babylon 5.

And he would watch this one, last assemblage.

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The Passing of the Techno-mages: Book I
Cavelos, Jeanne
Del Rey
New York
Science Fiction - General
Science fiction
Science Fiction - Series
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Science / General
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Babylon 5 (Series)
Series Volume:
Publication Date:
6.86x4.17x.99 in. .38 lbs.

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