By Alan Dean Foster
For eons, the Amplitur had searched house for clever species, each one of which was once joyously welcomed to participate within the achievement of the Amplitur goal. even if it desired to or no longer. while the Amplitur and their allies stumbled upon the races known as the Weave, the aim appeared poised for a good step forward. however the Weave's amazing team spirit additionally gave it the facility to struggle the Amplitur and their reason. And struggle it did -- for millions of years.
Will Dulac used to be a brand new Orleans composer who idea the tiny reef off Belize may be the excellent spot to drop anchor and end his most modern symphony in solitude. What he discovered as an alternative used to be a bunch of alien viewers -- a scouting get together for the Weave, taking a look. for allies between what they believed to be a uniquely warlike race: Humans.
Will attempted to persuade the extraterrestrial beings that guy used to be essentially peaceable, for he understood that Human involvement could damage the race. yet all too quickly, it didn't topic. The Amplitur had stumbled on Earth...
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One could not even take joy in victory, since achieving it would require the death of large numbers of the enemy… all intelligent minds lost to the Purpose. The only satisfaction lay in knowing that the surviving Sspari would be fully integrated into the delights of the Purpose. And because those Sspari who would perish would never know that pleasure, One-who-Decides regretted their forthcoming deaths even more than those that might occur among its own kind. There seemed no other way. All avenues of persuasion had been tried.
Many within the Weave were reluctant to send help because they did not want to get involved, but others saw rightly that you would find us eventually. ” The alien’s thoughts were awash with obvious pride. ” “It sounds not so very different from the Purpose,” observed another of the Amplitur. ” “We value our independence,” Prinac told them. ” “All are free to act as they wish,” said One-who-Decides, “within the Purpose. Daily life differs on all worlds, among all races. Neither we nor anyone else interferes with another race’s culture or art or traditions.
Daily life differs on all worlds, among all races. Neither we nor anyone else interferes with another race’s culture or art or traditions. Within that context we all strive toward a greater common goal, one which renders all friends. ” One-who-Decides moved forward on short, stumpy legs. “It may happen quickly or it may take much time, but no other outcome is possible. The Purpose is the Purpose. So it has been for thousands of years. ” “Have I not said that we speak always the truth? The message must be conveyed.
A Call to Arms (The Damned, Book 1) by Alan Dean Foster