Guided by her prophetical visions, Keila takes on the oppressive Terran Council. But can the source of her visions be trusted?
The Divine Sedition takes place in the year 2872 and follows young Martian rebel Keila Eisenstein in her fight against the oppressive Terran Council.
In a vision, Keila realizes that to reach her goal to free her people, she first has to liberate the asteroid colony Eden from the tyrant Abraham Goldstein. She succeeds and takes control over Eden.
Having gained control over Eden, Keila fakes her own death to fool the Terran Council officer assigned to detain her, Rear Admiral Bjorn Muller.
Keila decides to use Eden as her base of operations deceptively turning the Terran Council members against each other. Keila faces overwhelming odds trying to take down the mighty Terran Council that has been dominating the solar system and oppressed the majority of humanity for over 500 years.
Keila does, however, have one trump on hand against these overwhelming odds: Her mysterious divine connection.
Her visions are leading her way, and with access to the late Abraham Goldstein's technology, Keila can unveil secrets that will help her free humanity from the oppression of the few elite plutocrats dominating all of humankind.
1.2 Keila makes a decision
Keila was overlooking the control room of the Divine Control Centre. There were no other people in the room except for the corpses of Jeshua, and the artificial robot abomination that had enclosed the malicious evil brain of Abraham Goldstein. “I did it, mum!” She said to herself, remembering the vision of her late mum urging her to free Eden from the tyranny of Abraham Goldstein. She looked at the monitor indicating all the employees working in the Divine Control Centre. Apparently, there had only been 30 employees running the operations with almost all functions controlled by automated AI and robots. 12 of these employees had died throughout the years, of which 3 had met their demise at her hand. Strangely all the employees had strange ancient names, and she recalled the battle suits they had worn when she fought them. They were all looking like angels of war, and they were referred to as angels in all the systems on the space station.
Keila looked at the display of the mainframe. Apparently, there were no employees at the entire space station. Instead, they were all down on Eden trying to restore control and order among the population, whose loss in faith had led them to total chaos and anarchy.
Keila tried to lock down the space station to avoid any of the angels coming back discovering what she had done to their divine master. She was unsuccessful in doing so as she lacked the biometric codes required to control The Divine Control Centre. Keila was uncertain how to proceed. On the one hand, she was considering escaping and leaving Eden. There was small space shuttle docked that could take her undetected to a nearby smuggler base. On the other hand, what would her escape achieve? If she left Eden, the people would succumb to the tyranny of another scumbag like Abraham Goldstein, or worse yet they would all perish as the systems in place to keep Eden liveable would shut down at some occasion in the future with no-one supervising the automated processes.
Keila made her decision. She would not run anymore. Eden was the birthplace of her mother, and the circle was closed with her coming back to Eden leading its population to a brighter future.
Having made this decision, had no impact, however, if she lacked the means to lead so she needed to come up with a way. Apparently, the late Abraham had used some form of mind control technology to control everyone on Eden. Would she do the same? It was not necessarily ethical, nor was it her favoured way to proceed, as Keila believed in liberating people instead of enslaving them, but at present, it was her only realistic choice. She could not expect to take on 18 genetically engineered super soldiers on her own and hope to emerge victoriously. Particularly, not since she was already wounded with a bullet in her leg and one in the arm.
She searched the system for the secret to Abraham’s mind control, and she found it. There was a scheme of everyone with a Divine Technology installed in their brains, and Abraham was the only one with a God chip installed. She kept searching, and she saw the schematics for the microchip. Keila was not an engineer, so she did not understand the schematics, but she did know that the Terrans had a technology called a particle replicator machine, which could replicate any item that they had a blueprint for. To her great relief, there was a particle replicator in the very room she was in. She sent instructions to the replicator to make a Divine Technology God chip. A timer started. Apparently, it would take two hours to finish building the God chip due to the complexity of the design. Keila leaned back in her chair drinking from a glass of water in the one hand, tightly grasping her pistol in the other. This would be two nervous hours, but she had made her choice. She would stand her ground here; Eden was her destiny.
1.2 A close call
KEILA WOKE UP WITH a twist. Exhaustion had put her asleep despite her best efforts to stay awake. The computer was beeping with a high-pitched warning sound. She had been unable to lock down the space station or alter its security protocols, but she had managed to set the alarm in case anyone came in from the outside. She looked at the display and saw a 3D hologram. There was a whole squad of heavily armed men in battle suits advancing on her position. She looked at the remaining time to make god chip. The timer said 10 minutes, and there was no way she would be able to hold out for that long. Keila made up a plan, she needed to divert the angels for long enough to have the god chip done. Once she was in possession of the god chip, she would hopefully have a mean to deal with angels who all had the weaker Angel chip implanted.
Keila limped out of the control centre and took a position in a side corridor that the angels would pass shortly. She would need to distract the angels from the control centre where the replicator was working. Keila was also required to be level-headed enough to find the way back to the control centre and pick up the god chip once it was assembled. That was easier said than done, being in a new building with bullets hailing around her head, but she just had to have faith in her abilities.
She was interrupted in her thoughts when she spotted an angel running down a parallel corridor heading to the control centre. With no time to waste she lifted her pistol and shot at him. As she had anticipated the gun was not powerful enough to penetrate the angel’s battle armour, and instead, the bullets just ricocheted off him. The shot did catch his attention, however, and he raised his rifle to shoot at her and Keila jumped around the corner, avoiding the bullets in the last second. She could hear him calling out his group to follow him. Her plan was working; now she just needed to keep them occupied. She turned around the corner and shot at the angel again. Yet again the bullets bounced off his armour, but this time he was joined by his peers setting off in full pursuit after her, realising that her bullets were unable to penetrate their battle armours. Keila understood she could never outrun the angels in her condition, after all, their battle armours contained an engine that assisted their motion and gave them superhuman speed, while she had a bullet in her thigh slowing her down immensely. She did, however, have one advantage, her small frame made her fit into openings that they would not be able to fit into. Keila got to the edge of the corridor and just managed to get into a ventilation shaft when the angels opened fire at her. One of the bullets partially struck her other leg, and she could feel the pain and blood dripping on the floor.
Keila could not let her injuries stop her though, and she crawled through the ventilation shaft. One of the angels threw a gas grenade into the ventilation shaft. She looked behind her, and she identified the grenade. It was a powerful sleep-inducing gas, and one breath would be enough to knock her unconscious. So, the solution for her was to not breathe! She saw the exit of the ventilation shaft 50 meters ahead of her. It would be 50 tough meters crawling in a narrow ventilation shaft with the injuries she had sustained, but it was what she had to do. She squirmed and wriggled, but the goal did not seem to get any closer. She was close to passing out, and she closed her eyes. Then it came, the vision of her in paradise with her mum, her ancestors and other spirits by their side. “You can do it,” they all said in unison, and as Keila looked up, she was at the end of the tunnel opening the ventilation shaft proceeding back to the divine control centre. Keila got up, and she limped to the particle replicator machine. The display said 20 seconds, and she could see the group of angels entering the room. In desperation, she lifted her pistol and fired off the remaining rounds at the angels. Upon hearing Keila’s pistol clicking as it ran out of ammunition, the angel Samael took off his helmet. He quickly walked towards Keila while screaming obscenities towards her.
But, her connection comes at a price. Thus, are the Zetans, controlling Keila as a puppet, indeed better than the Terran Council oppressors she seeks to replace?