This blog post concludes “The Antierra Manifesto” – thanks for reading.
What is Antierra thinking as she stands there? She looks up into the stands, makes the “mercy” gesture and points at the two young girls beside her. Her gesture is greeted by spitting and cursing. She turns to the two children and while they are looking at the approaching men wide eyed and shaking, she puts her sword through their hearts. Then she turns to the men and utters the loudest blood-curdling shriek that place has ever heard. I had never heard anything like it and it made me shudder. It seems to come from some awakened beast, not of human voice. Long it echoes along the high walls and through the compounds; so loud it is, it intimidates that wild and unruly crowd to utter and cowed silence.
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She then walks alone to meet the line of men, suddenly no longer an ugly and limping old crone who is nothing but skin, bone and sinew but a tall regal figure who knows her purpose and means to complete it. The deadly sword flashes red in the plasma lights, the blade still dripping from the blood of the dead girls, and it performs a series of lightning movements that leave a trail of utter carnage until she drops dead, not of wounds but simple heart-stopping exhaustion. This I can vouch for as I was standing close enough for my sensors to detect her heart stop beating. She had taken her human body to its final limits.
One of the surviving challengers shouts his cry of victory but no one in the stands picks it up. For once that crowd is stunned by what it is seeing. Twenty-three men lie dead and dying around the body of the Desert Beast. Where is the victory?
The remaining men rush upon the standing group of defenders and kill them one by one, still taking heavy losses. Only nine men remain of that last ‘rush’ to claim their victory and all of those bear some kind of cut or stab wound. The last female to remain alive kills herself with her dagger rather than submit to rape. A new power has arisen on T’Sing Tarleyn.
Even in death the Desert Beast scores. Never has this place seen such devastation at the hands of a few trained fighters against what, by comparison, can only be called an army of men.
The “harvesting” and trading of female body parts carries little excitement today. The price paid is much too high for any male to find his enjoyment therein. The greatest price lies in the message sent to the thousands who came to see women tortured, raped and mutilated before they were even dead. What they saw instead was a severely organized stand by twenty three female fighters, most of these untrained and certifiable crazies, and an additional twenty females with no fighting skills whatsoever, kill one hundred and ninety-one armed males.
A sobering set of statistics for the men to mull over. Not all males are beyond the ability to use some reasoning or exercise wonder. Many, I would guess, are glad their number was not called. In previous orgies the ones called were always considered the lucky ones. Not so today.
Of note: The scavengers carefully avoid touching the body of the fallen Desert Beast. No one approaches to cut off any of her parts. They know she did not die of wounds inflicted by men and having no understanding of such a concept as spontaneous death through the shut-down of body functions as in a massive coronary, they still fear her presence. After they leave, eunuch slaves and female fighters enter the arena to remove the bodies of the women and take them to the waiting carriers.
Of note: There is a definite reverence among eunuchs and fighters as they pick up and carry the bodies. These fallen women are heroes to those who remain behind. This too is new. Whatever else the Teaching may have accomplished in the few years it has been verbalized in the fighter compounds, it has made the fighters and some male staff aware that perhaps there is such a thing as life beyond death. This Antierra asserted constantly. That idea was basic to the Teaching. This we Cydroids cannot know as none of us have “died” the real death. Those of us who were killed, such as XBA9 at the hands of the Warmo’s inquisition, were re-grown and are alive, all the more aware for our experiences. Perhaps what Antierra taught is a similar process.
As to the women fighters, they are proud this day. Among them, and perhaps among the compound male staff as well, the exploits of Antierra and her magnetic way of expounding any kind of Teaching, be it in tactical, weapons handling, relationships or ethics and her more questionable ‘spacer’ stories will live long and inspire generations to come. I say this because I have known her. I say this because through her I, Cydroid XBA3, became more human. I just have this wish, that I had been able to join her in those rushes in the arena, to stand by her and use my considerable strength to protect her. Something I know would have expanded my developing consciousness. I wish I had been able to practice that special “touch” with her I saw the women do constantly for one-another.
As I think about it, I believe I was actually in love with Antierra. Perhaps not as humans speak of love between man and woman, but there was something about her mind I found irresistible. I “wish” I could believe her stories about reincarnation and crossing at will through dimensional barriers from world to world so I could hope to see her again as my sisters believe they will.
For anyone who may some day read this data, think of it this way: Antierra was a human being who was able to make even an AI see life through a new dimension. She made me, not less Cydroid, but more human. I felt compassion when I watched her in the arena on that day. I felt something hurt me deeply when she slid her sword through the two girls’ hearts to kill them instantly and painlessly. What I felt was her pain, the pain she used to activate her decisive power. Now her sorrow and her inevitable joy are forever a part of my brain patterning or shall I dare say, my human understanding.
Signed: Cydroid XBA3, Doctor Balomo Echinoza Cydroid Family. Location:
Arena Fighter Compound, Hyrete, Capital of the Kingdom of Elbre, T’Sing Tarleyn, Autumn, Year 1341.
After watching and listening to this ancient holorec report I sit for a long time alone in a darkened room. I sip on a glass of sherry and find my favourite drink insipid as I consider the implications therein.
It is useless to try to dismiss it as exaggeration: Cydroids, like our Androids, could not lie. Even one touched either temporarily or permanently by ‘real’ feelings would still be incapable of this kind of fabrication. Only if someone’s life was at stake and a story need be made up to create a chain of confusing events or a diversion would a Cydroid “lie” – but it would not be a lie to them, just an alternate temporary reality to complete and terminate a program loop.
Let XBA3’s words stand forever as history; as our history. There will be no changes, no apologies, from me. What I just wrote from the memcard records is an actual event and I am concluding my report as is. I raise my tepid glass of sherry to the crumbling stone walls of this ancient keep and toast Antierra: “To the Fighters of Hyrete!” And from the walls comes an echo of many voices in reply, the once silent voices of the women who trained, loved, fought and died alongside of their Teacher: “To the Goddess!”
Signed: Michele Dellman
(Personal comment – not to be included in the official report.
My work of chronicler accomplished here, there remains the daunting task of trying to understand what all this means to me personally, as a woman with the remnant of a small voice, in a greater galactic and universal world once more strangling in ever-expanding webs of male-dominated religious oligarchies, plutocracies and centralized brutal military dictatorships, all and still, in the name of God, Trade and Security where women’s voices remain taboo or all too symbolic beyond the confines of home, workplace or entertainment palaces; when men by and large continue to oppress and kill our spirit, our mind, if not always our bodies.
And I ask myself this resurgent and damning question: what, ultimately, is a woman’s purpose in the scheme of human affairs? I realize I just shrugged as Antierra was wont to when a question asked was not giving her the logical answer she could accept and truthfully verbalize.
Maybe the worst part of this question is that I know what she would say: “As below, so above. You are a woman. You exist. You are real. So you continue. The goddess lives in you.”