OF THE CITY OF THE SAVED...
SPECIAL BONUS EXTRA: REJECTED SCENE
This sidebar doesn't even qualify as a deletion: it's one I suggested to Lawrence Miles as an inclusion in the novel, or even on the Faction Paradox website. He didn't think it was necessary. He was right, it isn't. (Nonetheless, it was published as part of the "Supplementia" in the 2013 ebook edition.)
THE 101-FORM TIMESHIP
More legends are told concerning the 101-form than any other timeship of the Great Houses, with the obvious exception of Compassion herself. Although the tales are fragmentary, confused and contradictory, they always agree on two particulars: the 101-form was the first fully humanoid timeship; and it was completely barking – that is to say radically unstable, mentally and perhaps also physically.
There are two distinct variants of the legend. One holds that the 101-form was originally a normal non-humanoid time capsule, which was subjected (or possibly chose to subject itself) to radical and violent biodata-altering agents. In these versions the resultant 101-form prototype was, like those who followed, female in appearance, and wore her designation proudly (though perhaps covertly). She seems somehow to have infiltrated the Houses themselves, and was perhaps used by them as an agent against other civilisations: in secret, however, she never ceased working against them, and for her own ends. Some fringe accounts suggest she gave birth to a race of monsters, a whole species of humanoid timeships separate from the 103-forms and without human ancestry.
The other variant of the legend holds that the 101-form was one of the very few timeships to appear male; and that it was the first child of Compassion. The records, of course, show that Compassion (the sole 102-form timeship, and the mother of the 103-form race), only entered Houseworld culture after the 101-form project. These accounts therefore suggest that the Houses somehow violated their own protocols, forcing Compassion’s first child to be born backwards in time, arriving on the Houseworld before his mother even became a timeship, and thus long before his own conception. In this story, the prototype escaped from his workshop and never returned to the Houseworld: the stories refer rather vaguely to his rampaging through the Universe, becoming ever more voracious before vanishing (to the Houses’ presumable relief) into some other continuum altogether.
There are still other legends, of course: that the prototype was put down soon after its inception (the official story, almost certainly a bureaucratic lie); that it was so indistinguishable from a human that it lived and eventually died as one; and inevitably that it, or its descendants, became the Houseworld’s oh-so-bloody-mysterious Wartime enemy.
[Anon, Legendary Participants.]
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