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 ultimate scion of the developers, closest of all races to the worshipped architects of Confluence. And on an afternoon close to the top of the area, Yama needs to ultimately recognize the facility he neither expected nor wants.
In the airborne dirt and dust of many crumbling bureaucracies, Yama searches for an id and a history-awed and afraid of his ever-growing skill to rouse the poor machines of destruction that his world's absent gods left dozing. To the typical folk-the unshaped and aboriginal-he is the success 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 probably never-ending conflict that pits those that revere the Preservers' legislation opposed to the harmful Heretics who might obliterate all antiquated values and codes of behavior.
But there are nonetheless others who've taken become aware of of Yama as he pursues the hidden secrets and techniques of his prior. 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, accordingly, the way forward for every thing that lives-in anticipation of the final word triumph of the Ancients of Days.
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But the survivors move on, and there are always prelapsarian races to take their place, and all seems as it was before. New cities are built upon the old. But what stood in those places at the beginning of the world? " Yama told Eliphas about Aeolis, and the peel-house and its library, and Eliphas said that he knew of the library of the Aedile of Aeolis. "I knew the present librarian, Zakiel, before he was disgraced and sent away. Sometimes I envy his exile, for the library has a certain notoriety.
So, who are you? " There was a loud splash out in the darkness, as if something big had lifted itself out of the water and fallen back. Magon's left hand darted to his hip, where something made a shape under his loose shirt. He said, "Lupe said to bring you direct, and you want me to answer your questions. " Eliphas told Magon, "Keep your hand away from your side, brother. You've something hidden there—a knife in your belt, most likely, and no doubt there's another in your boot. " "You were supposed to go to the Department of Indigenous Affairs, but your escort arrived without you.
A patch of pale daylight showed high above and a sheet of water fell down one side and drained away through grids in the floor. Behind the water three corridors radiated away at sixty degrees to each other. Magon plunged through the water and trotted down the middle corridor. When Yama and Eliphas followed—the water was as warm as soup—they found the gambler waiting at the other end, where a slim metal bridge arched across a narrow, half-flooded cavern. Green lights flickered deep beneath the water.
Ancients of Days: The Second Book of Confluence by Paul J. McAuley