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Mysteries of the Nova World
Last Update: Feb 7, 2003
The Emergence Itself
September 23rd, 1972, began pretty much the way September 22nd did.
A Presidential election year, the rhetoric had begun to reach a fever pitch. People did not yet understand the significance of the break-in at the Watergate hotel three months earlier. Vietnam was dragging out its last days as an American crisis; the world at large was not yet aware of the tragedy that was developing in Cambodia as a result.
A strange & still unexplained meat shortage in America was still months away. Sun Myung Moon had just recently brought his World Unification Church to the US. Free Agency was still a pipe dream for professional athletes, which Curtis Flood learned the hard way. The Brady Bunch was still in first-run episodes.
The trial of the lone survivor of the Japanese Red Army attack in Tel Aviv four months earlier was underway. The killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics earlier in the month was fresh in the minds of most of the world. Howard Cosell, while still hated by football fans for his “arrogance” and by most conservatives for his relationship with the “radical” Mohammed Ali, had nonetheless gained respect as a journalist for staying in the Olympic Village near the Israeli compound to continue reporting throughout the crisis.
However, by the time the sun set the world had been inexorably changed. The novas had arrived.
There are conflicting reports about exactly how many people suddenly developed powers and attributes beyond those previously ascribed to humanity that day. Conservative estimates place the number around 140; more liberal estimates suggest numbers exceeding 500. Contributing to the problem is the fact that a good-sized number of novas retroactively placed the date of their eruption to the date of the Emergence, as it has since been named. There’s no question that some of these ‘back-datings’ are in fact true – Silver Streak, for example, is among the novas that made their first appearance later but claimed (in her case, with evidence) the earlier date for their eruption.
The first documentable appearance by a nova belongs to Hyperion, who appeared on the scene of a school bus crash in Michtendorf, South Carolina at 7:35am EST. Rescuing all of the passengers and personally delivering the injured to a nearby hospital, in many ways he set forever the public image of the heroic nova.
The term “nova” was coined by Doctors Mahrin and Samir, the scientists put in charge of exploring the origins of the Emergence by the United Nations. Short for “Homo Novus”, the term stuck even after a biological origin for eruption was ruled out. Many regret the fact that eruption generally fails to leave biological traces, such as giving them a new organ that could be conveniently detected by a simple X-ray – although in some cases (Ogre comes to mind) there’s not really any doubt…
For most of us, thirty years ago might as well be ancient history. So it is no surprise that the last few years have seen a resurgence of interest in what actually caused people to begin erupting into novas. The MS Report suggested several possibilities but cited a lack of sufficient evidence – they were only able to examine around three dozen novas, after all. What can we say about those theories thirty years later, with over 7000 novas are currently alive?
Theory One – There really IS a biological origin, just not one that could be detected with 1972’s technology
It’s entirely plausible, after all; advancements in genetics are such that the science fiction of the 70’s is tomorrow’s patent (David Rorvik’s fraudulent “In His Image: The Cloning of a Man” in 1978 not withstanding).
The Human Genome Project in particular hoped to find something. The fact that to this date there has never been a successful birth to a “nova” parent (male or female) seems to point in that direction as well, suggesting that crossbreeding is impossible. The existence of “hound” novas, with the power to not only detect other novas but ascertain facts about their powers remotely (and consistently) seemed to point that there was SOME way to do it.
Officially, at least, if there is such a biological origin it can’t be found with 2003 technology either. The recently-completed Human Genome Cartography Project confirmed that, to the limits of what we know how to look for today, novas aren’t genetically different from “baseline” humans except in those cases where there is an obvious physical change at work (someone with blue skin, for example, certainly has this reflected in their genetics).
Of course, just because that’s the official answer doesn’t mean everyone believes that. The Institute for Human Advancement (IHA) in particular has publicly attacked the HGCP for not releasing all its nova-related data to the public domain. The HGCP in turn claims that it has released all the nova-related data it legally can given the release forms the US Government, the UN’s Project Utopia, and independent novas participating insisted on.
Theory Two – The Emergence wasn’t truly the first arrival of novas to the planet; one of the earlier novas arranged for the Emergence to create “more of his/her kind”
The first half of this theory is quite plausible, although the ramifications with regards to certain historical and religious figures is disturbing for no small percentage of the world’s population. You will find those who accept that statement amongst proponents of other theories – especially the biological camp (since it could at least in part prove their point). There’s at least some history supporting this (see Theory Three), after all.
It is the second half of this theory that distinguishes it. The theory finds its base in the existence of “booster” novas, whose primary power is to increase the power of other novas, and has considerable pedigree behind it. No less a source than Dr. Samir of the MS Report suggested in her 1984 “Origins of Emergence” thesis that until the Emergence, novas erupted sporadically – able to thrive but not pass their genetic material on due to the lack of a suitable mate.
Dr. Samir postulated the existence of a nova she called ‘Subject Zero’, who was a booster-type nova of very high power. Since some high-powered boosters have been known to be able to temporarily grant nova powers to baseline humans, Dr. Samir suggested that Subject Zero may have fond a way to use his/her powers to dramatically increase the chance of nova eruption. She also suggested the possibility that this may have been a fatal act, which Subject Zero may or may not have recognized the fatality thereof.
Unsurprisingly, this theory is quite popular among the Teragen and its sympathizers. Not coincidentally, some have wondered if the mysterious Murdoch (whose Null Manifesto serves as the focal point for the Teragen’s beliefs) may in fact have been Subject Zero – with his Null Manifesto released after his death (or martyrdom, depending on who you ask). It’s a disturbing possibility that can’t be ruled out just because it’s disturbing. Thankfully, there’s also little hard evidence thereof either.
Theory Three – The arrival of novas was just the next logical step after the mystery men of the 30’s and 40’s.
Until the Emergence, the fact that people used to dress up in outlandish costumes to fight crime as vigilantes was part of that era’s nostalgia, like jazz and zoot suits. It’s a connection many find interesting, and some (see Theory Two, above) find telling.
There were never many, although the fact that most kept to the shadows makes counting them difficult. Lack of numbers doesn’t equate to lack of existence however – there’s no small amount of evidence behind them. Some, such as the Black Mask, date back as far as the American Revolution!
As a point of fact, for the record: the ‘mystery men’ weren’t always male, and weren’t confined to those two decades. However, the paranoia of the Cold War era didn’t make their lives easy – indeed, this problem was an issue for many novas at first as well.
Still, this theory proves little except that maybe people shouldn’t have been surprised when the Emergence occurred.
Theory Four – The aliens got bored
Often called the Fortean Explanation, it extends the witticism of Charles Forte that humanity was the property of aliens that were harvesting us for some reason – perhaps as a social experiment, perhaps as a crop. Humorously or otherwise, it states that our alien farmers decided to mix the pot a little bit.
Of course, it runs smack into the face of the available evidence. While Earth’s contact with aliens is limited, we’ve yet to run into anything on that kind of scale. Then again, given interdimensional threats like Istvatha V’han (the self-proclaimed Empress of a Billion Dimensions), one realizes that Forte’s aliens could just be from further out…
Theory Five – Prophecy Fulfilled
Less popular in recent years but still strongly held in some circles is the belief that the Emergence was predestined. Research in this field is concentrated on a series of poems written by a mysterious figure from the Orient; this individual withheld his or her name but is often referred to as “the Outlander”.
These prophecies were contained in rhythmatic verse (not unlike the more famous Nostradamos) and their exact meaning is subject to speculation and interpretation. Complicating things, the Outlander wrote in an obscure language with an equally obscure alphabet popularly known as Enochian. Since Enochian is widely believed to have been wholly created by the Elizabethan era’s John Dee, few indeed are the people that have bothered to learn it – and those who have vary widely on the proper translation of many of its terms.
In fact, of the twelve international scholars purported to understand Enochian that N! Network contacted, five denied any such knowledge; three refused to participate in a study in which other views would be presented; and three more did not respond. The only one that actually replied affirmatively (Charles Morris of Michtendorf University) asserted that as a matter of policy he refuses to work with the “alleged prophecies”.
Part of the reason that this theory has lost credentials is that many other “prophecies” connected to the Outlander have not come true. The faithful insist that the failed prophecies are cases of misinterpretation or “heresies” by other interpreters – a convenient excuse many believers in Nostradamos forward as well.
The prophecy that many believe predicted the Emergence goes as follows:
before comes The End,
another Chance will be given.
Most proven unworthy of Little,
Few will be given Much;
and so it shall be
that the Magic will Return.
Translation note – any word in that passage that is Capitalized is represented in the original by a proper name. As is true in any translation from an isolated language, proper names are very difficult to translate (consider the conflict between the Red Sea and Reed Sea in the Bible’s Old Testament). In the case of the Outlander’s texts, because the language of Enochian was never expanded upon after Dee’s death or in common use anywhere in the world, such proper names are really only guesses based on the contexts in which they appear. The first sentence of the above text could just as easily read…
another Fish will be given.
In fact, the proper interpretation of “Chance” above is very contentious among those still espousing this belief. The Teragen, for example, have suggested that “Gift” is more accurate and purport that Murdoch was the Gift. One translation from Doctor James Jameson (a scholar with IHA sympathies) suggested that “Test” is more accurate than either – and that the novas themselves are the test, given to humanity to rise above.
Of course, the famously skeptical James Randi has his own take on the issue: “People want to believe in prophecy, so they look for prophecies to match their facts. As even they know, you will find what you look for hard enough.” The faithful, for the record, point out this is true of Randi’s famous skepticism as well.
Theory Six – Extraterrestrial Event
Gaining prominence recently (perhaps getting the fans Theory Five lost) is the belief that the Emergence is a natural occurrence triggered by something in outer space – purposeful or otherwise. Since those that believe it might be purposeful are covered under Theory Four, we’ll concentrate on the otherwise here.
Scientists have long been troubled by the “missing matter” in the universe. Without taking over for the Discovery Channel for a moment, it works like this: the amount of attraction between two objects (gravity) is dependent on the mass of those two objects and the relative distance between them. For the Big Bang to work and for gravity to be the force holding the universe together, there needs to be about ten times the amount of gravity in the universe than the mass in the universe as it is known can provide. Gravity is obviously working the way it should, so where’s all that extra mass hiding?
While not the only theory popular among scientists (the curious are directed to learn about “brane theory” and “brown dwarves”), one of the oldest involves the existence of a substance dubbed Duoducium in the 1980’s. It either must have mass without having volume, or must have gravity without having mass (which would mean it wasn’t technically a substance, but anyway). Scientists have since postulated that duoducium could also have gravity far out of proportion with its mass.
Ten years ago, a French scientist by the name of Erica d’Montressart reported that she had found a way to detect and measure duoducium. Part of her process paper suggested that duoducium left a ‘fingerprint’ wherever it had been, and that the fingerprint could be measured back for centuries. Her initial research into the alleged fingerprint suggested that the amount of duoducium in the area around Earth had waxed and waned in a semi-predictable pattern – with a tremendous surge that began in 1972 and didn’t taper off until 1974. Curious about the timing, her last publicly reported statement was that she found the timing (the same year as the Emergence) curious but probably coincidental, reaffirming her desire to find a way to collect duoducium. Unfortunately for the scientific world and the world in general, her experiments resulted in her becoming the villainess Gravitar. Anything she might otherwise have to offer about a possible connection is not something she’s interested in sharing.
Later researchers, such as Steve Maxwell of MCU (Millennium City University) have since confirmed her reported “fingerprint” investigations – however the results are classified by FEMA. Internet rumors have suggested there is a strong correlation between the wax and wan of duoducium and nova eruption, but with the facts under lock and key it’s going to stay mere rumor for a while.
Theory Seven – Dr. Destroyer?!?!?!
Somehow, the bad Doctor finds his way into nearly every mystery of the nova world. While his first documented appearance occurs in early 1974, some have suggested that he may in fact be responsible for the “Second Emergence” – a dramatic and documented increase in the rate at which people erupt into novas that is traced to the middle of 1985.
The timing, for the history-challenged, is important because the spring of 1985 saw the Doctor’s first full-fledged swing at world domination. He interrupted every television and radio signal on the planet with a message for world leaders to surrender to him or he’d destroy them with asteroids captured from the asteroid belt and rained down upon the planet. Thanks to the combined efforts of over half the world’s novas (including no small number of villains, perhaps wanting to save the world so THEY could conquer it), most of the asteroids were destroyed or turned back before reaching the planet.
Some, however, made it to the Earth’s atmosphere – and remnants of some of those survived impact with the planet. Rarely bigger than a tennis ball, these fragments contained materials never before seen on the planet. These remains are the only known source of Questonite, for example. A dangerously radioactive crystal called Kelvarite is also known only from these fragments.
Is it possible that there was an earlier, unnoticed shower of similar fragments in 1972? Hard to say; NASA was putting the final touches on its Moon missions then, and had been effectively obsessed with the Moon until then. Interestingly, few novas even after the so-called Second Emergence name any connection between rocks and their eruption – could the fallout alone be responsible, however?
Stay tuned for Part Three in this exciting series!