Prologue

When I first was asked to visit the colonies I was skeptical. My first reason being I didn't understand what the point of me going was. See, the Kaiser controls everything- In my mind itdidn't really matter how poorly the miners on Mars or the asteroid belt were being treated, because no matter how bad the situation was there would be nothing we could do about it. File a complaint? That would borderline treason. Complaining about the Solar Triperium, in Kaiser Ulrich Dimtrek's mind, was treason. It wasn't always that way, or so I've been told, but it's the only way that I've ever known. I didn't know what Jose wanted me to go to the colonies for, but, as any good friend would, I went as his ambassador as a favor to him.

Pardon me! I just realized that I haven't introduced myself, have I? My name is Jonathon Ellis and I work for the Earthbound (but NOT Earth confined!) Trans-Progressive Arms and Weapons Company, or T-PAWC. That being said, I am not (exclusively) a weapon's designer. I am simply an advisor who happens to own a very large share of T-PAWC stock. I have neither a passion for weapons nor warfare, but I was fascinated with technology and the use of it, so I naturally jumped at the chance of getting to work at T-PAWC. What techno-geek wouldn't? Working with military tech meant that I would get a chance to work with technology decades ahead of the stuff civilians use. So in exchange for working with advanced technology, I spent ten years designing weapons for the Kaiser's military. I even helped design the old navy flagship, Panzerfaust, for the Kaiser. Rhanon helped design that ship as well, but won't admit to it- refused to have anything to do with it after he heard the horrible name the Kaiser gave it.

I don't regret spending those years in the service of Kaiser Dimtrek. As it turned out, the knowledge I accumulated and the friendships I forged were instrumental in starting the revolution, even though I didn't know it at the time. And because I didn't know it, and, more over, because I didn't know what was going through Jose Rhanon's mind (who ever did?) I was skeptical about leaving my home on Earth for Xanadu.

Xanadu doesn't exist anymore, so I realize it's probably necessary to describe the place in this journal.

Xanadu was what is called an 'artificial planet'. It was originally built as a port between the Earth and Mars

where ships could stop and refuel. It was, essentially, a halfway point. Anyway, the little space-port grew bigger and bigger until it became a space-city of sorts. Later, a biosphere was created around the city. Suddenly, Xanadu was no longer just a space port but an artificial planet, a suitable dwelling which people found themselves wanting to live on. If the Earth was the center of the Triperium planets, Xanadu was the center for the spacebound. As I found out later, though, Xanadu and Earth, the spacebound and the earthbound, despite the technological advances that brought them closer together, were hopelessly drifting apart. The Kaiser's totalitarian system was the only I had ever known, as I said earlier. However, that is only because I was an Earth-dweller. The Kaiser didn't know it at the time, but his grip on the people outside his planet was loosening.

Looking back, the revolution was inevitable. I tend to think of the situation as if the Kaiser were a parent and the Triperium his children. During his reign, he abused his power, taxed them heavily, let them enjoy very few freedoms and when his 'children' finally grew up and stepped out of his house, they could not withstand the temptation of all their new liberties outside the Kaiser's supervision and defied his rules for them. The years of constant oppression weighed heavily on the hearts of the Earthbound, and thus more and more Earthbound migrated to space. With our new freedoms came a spark of rebelliousness.

Enclosed in the tale of my mission as an ambassador to Xanadu, my life spacebound, and the bloody revolution I helped stir up.