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At once a far-off future and a calamity already come to pass, the world met its end in the 32nd century. The lives of all humanity were snuffed out, and in that final moment, their subconscious minds turned to legends of eschatology, and to an overriding fear of death. That moment saw the birth of the Prophet. Of course, it was not an entirely new concept. The Greek god of time, Khronos. The Hindu destroyer-god Shiva. Kalki, hero of the end-times. The Norse god, Heimdall... Countless avatars of the world's ending and rebirth came together to form this new daimon. A moment later, one of that world's last surviving incarnates successfully made contact. In some respects, the terrible anguish of the extinction of all mankind was its salvation, as a host of men and women awoke as incarnates in that blink of an eye.

The common themes of science fiction, first emerging in the 19th century, remained firmly in the minds of mankind even to the end, thirteen centuries later. They stand apparent in the Prophet's nature as a traveler through time. As printing technology developed and new methods for sharing ideas emerged, those common ideas reached larger and larger populations--fertile ground for those concepts to mature in. The modern information age allowed for daimones to grow and evolve at an unprecedented rate.

When speaking through the incapacitated Coleman, the Prophet called this the ninth attempt at rewriting history. A ninth attempt at averting the cataclysm awaiting in our future. What, then, of the prior eight? According to the Prophet, all had met the same end. Some timelines ended a few hundred years sooner, but none had seen mankind survive beyond the 32nd century.

If the present day is to serve as a critical branching point in history, three end-states seem plausible: for a society ruled by incarnates to emerge, for incarnates to be kept under the management of those without powers, or for both to find a way to coexist as equals in humanity. Each has its adherents, and even now incarnates are working on seeing that their various chosen futures come to pass.

But will that future last, or is the day of reckoning to come inevitable?

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