Chitinous Covin

One thinks of warfare and conflict in a general sense as hostility, as violence enacted in a bid for control. The concepts of war and violence are, to many, wholly inseparable, and one does not seize control without causing some degree of bodily harm – that is, according to past-aeon minds. However, in the eternal, helical ascent of the Overman, there is a refinement of technique and a clarifying of one’s vision, as one becomes vanguard for Homo Galactica first in mind, and the body following suit.

The sphere of Mars, in conventional astrology, was so-named for a Greco-Roman war deity, and the associated form of Ares cemented its position as dominion of conflict. It is active and passionate, a fiery drive which borders – and often crosses over entirely – on the impulsive, seeking a fight more for the sake of fighting than any specific cause. While not a popular deity in Hellenic culture, the Spartans were a noteworthy exception, their entire society being designed around the arts of warfare, and almost from the moment of birth, one’s life was spent in preparation for violence, honing the skills which would see the Spartans become immortalised as living symbols of bloodshed, artists for whom the battlefield was their canvas – and the spear their brush.

Ares was not the only ruler of Mars, and long before the discovery of the IX sphere, there was a darker cohabitant…

In those past aeons when only the classical seven spheres were known, several were divided between two rulers, many of whom were later given reign over the further spheres as they were discovered. In the case of Mars, bloodthirsty Ares shared the frigid red sands with Scorpio, whose realm can be described as morbid, occult, forbidden… Sinister, even. Scorpio stands as watery contrast to Ares, preferring subtlety and complex games of manipulation in pursuit of the same ends as her fiery older brother – domination. Later regarded by more contemporary astrology as the evolved form of Ares, this evolutionary symbolism extends into causal, practical application, and graduation from a thousand blades at dawn to a single blade at dusk, or perhaps, none at all.

To observe the species’ growth towards Scorpionic warfare, one must observe recent conflicts and the most effective tools used therein. While conventional armies of soldiers, rifles, and armour are still maintained, by far, the most devastating weapons have been less vulgar, taking full advantage of most developed nations’ crippling dependence on functionally immaterial networks. With but a few keystrokes and the right fishes speared, one has access to all manner of sensitive data and fragile systems which can be used to wreak havoc without so much as a single casualty! Or perhaps one might observe the economic side of things, and how by manipulating artificial numbers, an entire nation might be brought to its knees – again, without so much as a single drop of blood spilled. The prevalence of countless subtle threads to tug, and the countless ways in which they might be tugged, makes the modern world a playground for Sinister folk, and this extends to more personal conflicts, in that perhaps going off and lamping some poor bastard might be cathartic, but staying one’s hand and quietly weaving around them might very well result in their complete and total subjugation.

A practical example of Scorpionic warfare is that of a story I was told, wherein Isa-Raido-Ansuz crippled a financial sector with a harmless parcel in just the right place, causing a panic and resulting in significant financial loss to their enemy, who wasted their time and energy on disposing of a totally benign item. Isa-Raido-Ansuz had effectively conjured the spectres of panic and terror, resulting in an overwhelming tactical success with zero casualties.

In the strange, cold darkness far beyond Saturn, chitinous forms writhe, chittering soundlessly in the airless void as they weave duplicitous machinations and conjure plots within plots – Aqrabuamelu.


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