Author's note: This is the obligatory sequel to my first novel, City of the Doomed. This is more of a transitory... Show full author's note »
Prologue"Justice is an outdated concept. In our current world of ever increasing number of new species and changing ideals, one alias will always be separate from the others. One group always the target of oppression. But, what is justice really? Merely an excuse. A means to maintain order, balance, and peace. In this age of truth, we no longer require such an archaic excuse. We no longer require justice. With our unwavering faith in the greater good, we will restore peace."
- Han Su Lee, founder
Dekashar, City of Trite:
The man walked up onto the podium. He glanced over the sea of people who had gathered on the streets of the city, waiting eagerly in a low drone of conversation. He spotted humans, as always, some Atraskan lizard-people, some of the native, humanoid populace, a few purple-skinned Ubririans, and even a few Limmatans.
Of course, the man did not think of the crowd as such. All were simple people here, equal in right and stature. As they should be.
"People!" the man began, and the crowd immediately fell silent. "I address you as such because here, all are equals. All receive equal treatment, equal facilities, and equal stature in society."
A wave of cheering rippled through the crowd. The man put up a hand and silence fell once more.
"But, there is a problem with our standing," the man continued. "Namely, the MRPR seeks to disrupt our society of equality with their preposterous integration laws! They discriminate against all species despite the universal ideal of equality! Will we let that stand?!"
A resounding "No!" roared from the crowd.
"No!" the man echoed. "We will not let this stand! We will tear down the MRPR from their rotting foundations and put an end to this era of discrimination and suffering! We will build a new government, one truly of the people, and for the people! We shall build an era of equality for all!"
A colossal cheer rose up from the crowd. People began chanting in different languages, calling out to the man's name.
The man named Han Su Lee.
"A storm is brewing at the edges of the galaxy. The MRPR might actually have a predicament on their hands."
"Are you speaking about the rebellion? They don't have nearly as much power or influence as the MRPR. I also hear the man leading it is using Han Su Lee's name. It's all so ridiculous I don't know where to start."
"This is the largest rebellion we have seen to date. The MRPR is still overconfident right now due to our previous endeavors. This rebellion might steal the opportunity to execute our plan."
"That is true. Then the logical course of action is to put down the rebellion."
"We cannot reveal our hand now, otherwise the MRPR and NULL might catch on."
"Then we just have to get the MRPR worried enough to put an end to this rebellion."
"We have to go about this carefully. If the MRPR becomes too paranoid, it could also ruin our opportunity."
"I have the perfect plan."
"Let's hear it."
"We'll use agent Seventeen..."