When Zousan gained his own multiverse, it came with a great deal of bureaucratic rules created by his horrible father, Cronus.
Within the byzantine rules, that only Marybell, the sentient computer, can follow, there are a vast deal of limitations on the number of interventions Zousan and his staff can perform.
In fact, there are over 3 trillion rules on what he cannot do and only one permitted life-save per critical persons during each hundred years. Given the short lifespan of the species involved, this equates to one save per person.
Rescuing the Oceanics (in book 1) consumed a huge portion of their authorized saves. Realizing how few actions they had left to use, Zousan’s best shepherd, Pane, began pre-planning what exactly they would need the critical persons to do in future years and assist them in their sleep dreams to resolve future problems without Godly intervention.
For example to get the not yet existing Soul-bond of Three, all Pane had to do was to have Dmitri share his worries with his spirit wife Tamara that the Shaman gates would not stand much longer. The reason Pane had to go through Dmitri, rather than simply telling Tamara to retrieve her sister and the bull is simple. Tamara is a spirit, and no longer sleeps, but Pane can only communicate with sentients during their sleep. He just worked around the problem. When Dmitri mentions his concern about the walls falling, Tamara disappears for two weeks, then returns with her soul-bond Saran and the largest blue bull he’s ever seen. With no prompting from Pane, she coaxes Dmitri to fall in love with Saran (not a hard task given Saran is very easy to love.)
Next Pane needs Dmitri to call Shaman Troy and ask to be married on the second day he knows Saran. The first night at the cabin, when Dmitri falls asleep watching over Saran, Pane sends him a nightmare. This naturally wakes Saran and she goes to his aid. Sensing Tamara’s soul (remember: they share a very large soul between them) he pulls Saran into his arms and kisses her. Problem solved.
Shaman Troy is surprised when Dmitri calls the next day, requesting to be married. The shaman knows Tamara didn’t properly die, but hangs on as a spirit. However, when Dmitri asks if he can bring a blue bull, Shaman Troy assures him he can and returns to his stone tablets.
For years Shaman Troy has been searching for The Soul Bond of Three with no success. Twenty years ago as a boy of twelve, he’d dreamed of finding a cave with stone tablets hidden inside. (Dream brought to Troy by Pane). Then the young Troy went searching for the cave and found it and the ‘ancient’ tablets within. And while it took many years and a little more dream help from Pane to translate the tablets, he learns to read the lost language and translates the ancient text. One of the tablets mentions the blue bull would travel with the Soul Bond of Three.
Upon realizing Tamara and Saran were soul-bonds, Troy marries Dmitri to them, believing that was all they require to fulfill the prophecy of the Soul-bond of Three. However, when the three join physically, their souls bond into one, making them a true Soul-bond of Three. In fact, they are the only Soul-bond of three in all of the many universes. Soon they will head outbound to a new planet where they will thrive….if they don’t die. If the latter happens, we are all doomed, so let’s all focus on the positive possibility. (Being positive is very important in Quantum.)
Zousan marvels at how well Pane shepherds his people without any direct intervention. Just a few helpful dream nudges from Pane and they handle matters on their own.
Pane is an amazing Shepherd. The best Zousan has ever seen. It’s a shame, he’s so hideous looking.
Saran along with her ‘not dead, just no longer human’ soul-bond—Tamara, and their giant blue bull leave in search of a handler so Blue can escape Earth and travel outbound. The man Saran meets and falls in love with turns out to be Tamara’s husband. Their spiritual joining of three sets into play a prophecy written long ago. Together, they become Tamsarandem, the most powerful soul-bond in all the multiverses.
The shamans pay for their voyage to Terranue, an unknown planet, never before colonized by humans. In return, Tamsarandem must look after the other colonists and help them to prosper and find their Paths of Light. They will need to do this mostly on their own, for the Gods are running out of authorized interventions. However, the God Pane, with the help of the sentient ship-computer, Marybell, constantly search for clever workarounds to ensure The Path of Light will reign supreme upon the final collapse. But there is only so much they can do within their bureaucratic rules.
Having failed to stop Tamsarandem from leaving Earth, those who walk the Path of Darkness embed their own people, including their darkest lord, on the ship to ensure it will never arrive at Terranue.
The God Pane woke to alarms. He rushed to his computer panel and spoke to his girlfriend, the sentient computer who ran the ship. “Marybell, can you tell me what’s happened?”
She paused before replying. “A high percentage of our soul-bonds travel to the ship without food. Most will starve before arriving.”
“Can we provide them food?”
“Not outright, but if you wish to plant a tree of life in the forest, that is within the rules.”
“Pane to me!” Captain Zousan, the top God in the Multiverse, demanded.
Pane popped in, still in his sleeping shorts. Seeing the beautiful Athena, Zousan’s daughter, in the control room, he had a great desire to pop out and get dressed. Only the dire situation kept him in Control Central. “Sir, two parts of the future Soul-Bound of Three are in danger of starving before getting to their ship in most of the universes. Marybell says while the rules prohibit us from giving them food, we can plant a tree of life in their path…only I don’t know the paperwork necessary to get permission to do that.” He hung his head in shame. If only he had been allowed to complete his studies before being made a shepherd.
“Fortunately, I have clearance to do that,” Athena said before disappearing. Less than a minute later, the alarms ceased screaming.
Both Captain Zousan and Pane breathed out in relief.
After tapping on the console, Zousan smiled. “Probabilities have returned to fifty-three percent.” Return to your sleep time and thank Marybell for her clever solution.”
Book 2: Surviving Outbound
Book 1: The Gods of Probabilities
Liza is a multiple genre author of 15 novels. A Late Victorian Series, The Adventures of Xavier & Vic, plus a spinoff, A Right to Love, is an ongoing series. A Long Road to Love is a humorous Contemporary Disaster Romance series of five books. She has two single books. One is a humorous, bad boys contemporary novel with ghosts, called Ghost Lover, the other is Untamed & Unabashed, a spinoff from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Now, she’s rolling out her Science fiction series (with romance & humor) called The Multiverses. The first four books are slotted for last half of 2015. In addition she hopes, if she hasn’t dropped from exhaustion by then, to re-release a sometimes humorous/suspense thriller called Saving Casey
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