This is the thirteenth installment in a series of previews designed to introduce newcomers to Chronoplex. In this, the eighth in a series about the history of the Plex, a new threat to both linear and tempor societies emerges.
The greatest threats seldom spring out of nowhere; they take root and grow in plain sight. They are familiar to the point of being invisible until they have grown so massive that they can no longer be ignored. Such is the case with Nudgers.
The term ‘Nudger’ is actually a catch-all label for any tempor who believes that tempors should attempt to change linear history. This encompasses a large number of different groups, all with different philosophies. For example, The Divine Caress believe that God created the Plex so that tempors could push humanity in what they consider the ‘proper direction.’ In contrast, members of the Perpetual Hand believe that because tempors depend on linear time, they should take an active role in shaping it to maximize tempor benefits. Perhaps the most extreme and disturbing philosophy is that of the End Shepherds, who believe that linear society is too sick to survive, and therefore tempors should push linear time toward their apocalypse. Regardless of the reasons, the end goal is the same for all Nudgers: change linear history.
However, this goal is easier said than done. To permanently change linear history the fundamental principles of the Plex – Temporal Fluidity and Rechronoration – must be overcome. Time wants to flow in a particular direction, so in order to change history permanently one must be willing to bring their temporal inertia up to speed in linear time, change the course of history, and be willing to remain in linear history to assure that the work is not undone. For most Nudgers, regardless of group affiliation, this is a worthy and noble sacrifice.
Nudger philosophies existed in the Plex from the start, but remained primarily on the fringe. However, increased traffic between aggregates after the Great Sync allowed like-minded Nudgers to mingle and group together. This was problematic enough, but the Contagions created an even larger powder keg. Many tempors blamed the Contagions on linnies since the diseases originated in linear time. Nudger groups seized upon this to sew discontent and grow their numbers.
Nudger sentiment reached critical mass on 22.214.171.124.3.19 when a tempor child was found murdered in Timgad. The alleged perpetrator was a linnie castaway passing through trying to find his home GTL. Authorities found a bloody knife in his knapsack along with a necklace that the child had been wearing. Although the linnie suspect denied knowing the child and said he had no idea how the knife and necklace had gotten into his pack, he had no substantial alibi and had community prejudice against him.
In an effort to quell public outrage, Timgad officials expedited the trial. They found the man guilty and had him executed within the week. Regardless of this swift – and rather controversial – action, public furor toward linnies continued to fester. This tipped the scale for many Nudger groups because they were able to offer something that the justice system couldn’t. They offered an outlet for the public’s anger and prejudice by allowing them to alter linear existance.
Tempor traders and merchants, who’s jobs required spanning through linear history, were the first to notice alterations. In the first few years changes were relatively small. Perhaps a familiar linnie structure might suddenly be on a different plot of land or a frequently visited linnie businessman might suddenly have a different last name. during the next decade changes became more apparent. Frequently visited linnies might suddenly be a different race or sex or an entire town might be located several miles from where it had previously been established. From there matters only got worse.
By 126.96.36.199.9.1, when the Confederate Congress was informed that changes were actively, and purposely, being made to linear history, drastic changes were taking place. Fiskis Christ, the fourth century messiah responsible for the Fiskisian religious movement, suddenly vanished on the Promised Day, thus preventing him from leading his followers from Crete to Palestine as he had foretold. Jochi Khan died under mysterious circumstances a year before he was supposed to have succeeded his father, Ghengis, as ruler, preventing him from creating the Mongolian Civil State where he had previously established the legal equality of all individuals, including women. Beloved two-term American president William Henry Harrison suddenly died in his first month in office, three years before he was supposed to peacefully end slavery in America, which allowed a rift to form between the states that resulted in a bloody civil war.
The course of action was clear to the members of the Confederate Congress. While Nudgers were, by all accounts, loyal Caesians, their actions threatened to destabilize both linnear and tempor societies and could no longer be ignored. Nudger influence on linear time had to be stopped at all costs.
Check back in two weeks to learn about the ramifications of the Nudgers’ actions: History of the Plex, Part 9.