AN EMPTY VESSEL
This story is dedicated to the crew of Alien
This is the story of Zomnus, an artificial bio-being who awakens on a colossal, silent vessel. In a vast chamber, the being known as Zomnus awakens. The ceilings, the floors, all around him is grey, laced with oil-slick rainbow hues. All surfaces have a faint shimmering dust hovering above them. Gravity is shattered in this place, meaning from room to room it could be facing any direction, or nonexistent whatsoever. As Zomnus makes his way through the vessel, he discovers hints of the ciivilisation that once occupied the vessel. There was a council of ten beings who governed the colossal ship, before transcending into an invisible, paralell dimension. He descends 5 floors: Tolemic Zeal Rescindiary Zeal Dourous Subset Ardescent Subset and the lowest level, Xenith. Encountering two beings on each. Each one explains a facet of their former life, and their reasoning for transcending as they did. Once Xenith is reached, Zomnus has a reality-shattering realisation: His entire consciousness has been dying in reverse, Trapped in a loop. The civilisation is entirely in his own head, He is the vessel, And the furtive leader, Xenith, his his shadow-self. This results in a being-to-being battle, where the result is neither winning, but becoming merged. The final shot is of this combined being, Xomnia, waking in what at first appears to be the VR world to which the doomed race escaped to, but the tell-tale lights in the sky (AR projectors) aren't there, Meaning that Xomnia has rebooted her/his reality. The post credit sequence is her child, Xym, meeting a being in her dream named Deudephalon, who claims to be the union between the opposites. "Reality and unreality are now permanently the fabric of you, Xym...and your dreaming will beget a new world of colour-tinged greyness..."
The Wanderer, Zomnus