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Paths of Glory, Book 2: The Tesla Connection, Page 2
ZAP! You are a natural with your space blaster. The stranger claims he's
never seen anybody move with such grace and hit all the robo-targets on their
first run-through before. The slight swelling of pride you feel as you holster your weapon,
combined with the hooded stranger's constant praise of your innate fighting abilities make
you feel as though you've chosen wisely by following this stranger deeper into his secret lair.
"The Zargons won't know what hit 'em when you come in guns blazing, kid," says the mysterious
stranger. "But you're training is not complete. Please, follow me."
The laser training program was developed from the ancient
human custom of gathering in a football stadium and
swaying side-to-side in an effort to dodge light beams.
As you walk into a dimly lit hover-hall, you can't help but feel uneasy. Sensing your
discomfort, the stranger speaks. "Do not fear, child. One such as yourself requires more than
our standard combat training. To truly lead, and to be able to slay the great Zargon beasts and
lords, you must be more proficient than with a mere space blaster. You must know all of our
society's secrets, and your mind must be attuned to the workings of the galaxy so that you may
best even the most fearsome foe. You must be taught the ways of...The Power."
As you approach the end of the hall, you see two large hydrodoors open up before you.
Inside, you see several black-robe clad warriors engaging in battle with...laser swords! The
last time you saw one of those was when you slept in the Museum of Ancient Space History in Alpha
Sector 9. What hope could this society possibly have to defend against a Zargon invasion using
such primitive devices?
As depicted in this religious relief, it is thought the
Hands of God often wave a laser sword around in space to
discourage the Devil Moon from attacking innocent beings.
"The laser sword is merely a channel, an extension of youself. And yourself is merely an
extension of The Power. According to the transitive property, then the laser sword is a channel
for The Power. You will learn, in time, to trust The Power as your greatest strength, and your
opponent's lack of faith in it as his greatest weakness. Focusing on the laser sword will allow
you to learn to concentrate, and meditate, and feel The Power flowing all around you. And you
will be able to draw from that Power, and use it for the good of all SR-388ians, as well as all
living beings in this galaxy. You will draw on their strength in the battle against the evil
Zargons, the strength of every victim of oppression. You are destined to be the greatest channel
for The Power this galaxy has ever seen; you will be The Orb. But, come, I get ahead of myself.
We must first begin your training with this ancient and time-honored weapon."
Do you feel flush with faith and pride at your anointed position and begin your laser
sword training? Turn to page 4.
Does all this hokum make you want to retch? Would you rather stick with your space blaster
and blow those aliens away without all the hocus pocus? Turn to page 5.