The Drama of Man An endless, expansive void stretched on into infinity. There was neither light nor darkness, neither matter nor energy, neither time nor space. There simply was. It contained nothing and yet it contained everything, for the universe had yet to be and had already been born. It had already lived, expanded, contracted, and died an infinite number of times. For in this "place", time did not exist. There was existence, and yet there was not. From this void emanated a thought, simple, and translated thusly into English, "I'm bored. Let's play a game..." And suddenly there was light and darkness, matter and energy, time and space. Fourteen billion years came and went in an instant, galaxies assembling, stars being birthed and dying in spectacular supernova as well as simply becoming dimmer until there was nothing but a white dwarf left. New stars were born, and with them, tiny minorities of matter condensed. One, a speck of dust orbiting a newborn star, soon become the third speck of dust orbiting its parent. This tiny, molten speck was nothing in comparison to the rest of the universe, and yet it was everything in comparison. For it cooled, and condensed, and its crust gave rise to oceans. Oceans gave rise to even smaller specks of dust that consumed yet smaller specks of dust to grow. These specks grew more efficient at consuming the light of their star and other specks, until, eventually, they became capable of making other specks of dust help them with this process. Tools. The toolmakers, Man, walked upon this speck and across it, spreading their reach until finally, they at least sparsely inhabited all four corners of it. The stage was set, the great game ready to be played. The Drama of Man was about to be witnessed. ______________________________________ With Beyond Earth on the way, I've found my interest in CiV revitalized. I've decided to channel this into my writing. I would like to be able to finish this in time for Beyond Earth and have most of the nations make it over to the new world, but that might simply not be feasible considering I have only two and a half months to write it, roughly. Of course, Beyond Earth may lack the features I need to continue it, unfortunately, considering how Firaxis decided to cut other features from CiV on launch. But I shall see. I won't give away any of the details of the game. You can try to figure out what I'm doing and how on your own . Table of Contents 1: I Am the Alpha 2: We Honorable Few 3: The Desertwalkers 4: Coming Soon!