The NULL Solution = Episode 164
…Surely the Ÿ€Ð will overcome anything this Harmonia nonsense has to offer…
“What is a Seljuk cruiser doing in the Terran system? They are too timid to venture out this far.”
“Have they seen us?”
“We are larger than this planet’s two moons.”
“Have they seen us?”
“I wish not to offend the Great Leader. Perhaps we should investigate the complex named Harmonia.”
There is no Ÿ€Ð translation for the term Harmonia, harmonica maybe, because a harmonica is a thing. Harmonia is evolving into more of a concept, a function of ideology. Župzïð’s ideology can be contained in a thimble. “His way” in the Milky Way may not wash.
“Make ready the shuttle for planetary exploration. Assemble the most loyal warriors among us to accompany me.” He cannot help himself. Caution & bluster are mapped in his makeup. It is important to him that his image be strong, even when it is unnecessary.
“We may not need them!” His landing party consists of the most warrior warrior-types from here to Sexta A. Surely they will overcome anything this Harmonia nonsense has to offer.
Any brashness is stripped away at the entrance to the Martian atmosphere. All the kings’ horses and all the kings’ men… he may as well have brought a fiddle with him, for all the good his bluster does him here. His Collapsar-to-Harmonia shuttle is ushered to its rightful place alongside the mile high tower. Naturally he would have preferred one of the other 3.
Make that an ant w/a fiddle. The latest and final addition to the Mars reboot is dwarfed, as it should be, by the enormity of the moment, just as were the Earthling, Seljuk and Eridanian before him. Tom, Dick and Harry… no, Sam, Chase and Skaldy, all equally awed in their own way.
Neighbors separated by acres of new Mars soil, each following the instructions given them by their host. Not only would it be impolite, but it is mandatory, now that the Null has unlocked the first door of the mystery. A beginner’s seminar: “Getting Along in the Great Expanse”, the true purpose of Harmonia is unveiled. Like a father speaking to his child.
Still the unknown Lorgan/O remains just that, who, what, where, how and why; in what order is a topic of for a later day. What is clear is that Lorgan is the straw that stirs the drink. No longer does it hide in the shadows, as it first did when Gus McKinney discovered the sphere obstructed from view by the Terran sun.