By Paul J. McAuley
On a synthetic international created and seeded with 10000 bloodlines by way of the long-vanished Preservers, younger Yama's ancestry is exclusive, for he seems to be the final last scion of the developers, closest of all races to the worshipped architects of Confluence. And on an afternoon close to the top of the realm, Yama needs to eventually recognize the ability he neither expected nor wants.
In the dirt of many crumbling bureaucracies, Yama searches for an id and a history-awed and afraid of his ever-growing capability to evoke the negative machines of destruction that his world's absent gods left snoozing. To the typical folk-the unshaped and aboriginal-he is the achievement of age-old prophecies. To the functionaries of the dep. of Indigenous Affairs, he's a weapon to be molded and utilized in the bloody civil conflict raging on the planet's midpoint-a possible unending conflict that pits those that revere the Preservers' legislation opposed to the damaging Heretics who might obliterate all antiquated values and codes of behavior.
But there are nonetheless others who've taken detect of Yama as he pursues the hidden secrets and techniques of his earlier. clever powers older than the Builders-as previous, possibly, because the Preservers themselves -are pursuing Yama in flip. and they're going to cease at not anything to manage his present-and, consequently, the way forward for every thing that lives-in anticipation of the final word triumph of the Ancients of Days.
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One pinnacle had been hollowed out; a hundred small square windows pierced its steep sides. Slopes were intricately terraced into long narrow fields where vines and vegetables grew, irrigated by stone cisterns that collected rainwater from fan-shaped slopes of white stone. Yama spent the rest of the day descending the mountain. It seemed that there was always a flight of ravens turning in the air beyond the steep mountainside. He hoped this was not a bad omen, for ravens, particularly those of the Palace of the Memory of the People, were said by some to be spies.
He looked up and said, "Of course I will follow. I mean, I think it would be better if I did. The hell-hound is looking into the minds of those men, and some remember that they saw you with me. And if it looks into my mind it will find my conversations with you. " "Then you had better show me how to reach the Gate of the Hierarchs. I will get us past the guardian. " "I think it would be better if we found Kun Norbu. He will know what to do. " "We will return in the morning," Yama said. Eliphas might have argued the point, but a blue light appeared at the balcony above.
Go through the village. " "I made a bargain," the old man said. "Maybe a bad one, but it might still pay off. " The sun had begun to rise above the distant mountains when Yama and Eliphas reached the steep ladder of steps beside the terraced rice fields. The narrow steps were worn by the tread of a thousand generations of husbandmen, and slippery with seepage from the flooded paddies. Ferns grew in cracks between the steps, and bright green mosses made the way more slippery still. Take this burden from me, he prayed, as he had prayed so often before, meaning,make me ordinary, make me no more than other men.
Ancients of Days: The Second Book of Confluence by Paul J. McAuley