Season 2: Them
Argus heard Diavae's words in her mind, repeating them in thought like a mantra, "They will begin with an Appraisal. For both our sakes, don't look away." Argus stood before them, an Eden tribunal. Each matriarch was more beautiful than the last. Their eyes were locked on hers. She struggled just to breath, her eyes adjusting to the symmetry and revealing something terrifying underneath. The more she stared back, the more of their true form she saw. She felt the urge to run as adrenaline pumped through her veins. She wanted to look away, to hide from their judgment. Argus only asked for help. It was one simple favor. Why was she here?
Hello! Welcome to the teaser for season 2 of The Void Between. It wont be much, but hopefully it will generate a bit of hype for what's to come. This will be kind of a "world meta" for the season. Season 1 focused more on the setting at large, highlighting key elements of the world and telling a story with the big picture in mind: the story of humanity and its struggles. Season two will focus more on the characters themselves and expanding things on a smaller, but just as epic, scale. Their struggles, their hope's, their histories, and their secrets will all drive the plot as they try and navigate a new set of problems.
Since this is a world meta article, I want to start by talking about the musical inspirations for this season. Season one, and the setting itself, had a "theme song" in the form of Bring Me The Horizon's In The dark. This song expressed the settings themes and conflicts quite well for me, and season one kept to those themes as well. Season two, will expand on those themes.
Paper ThinSeason two will double down on the themes of hope, both as a blessing and a curse. Hope is flimsy and fragile. The characters will learn how unforgiving the universe can be, making this season a little darker, despite this hope and its brighter connotations.
- Caydie is home, but friends have died in a war she didnt even know about. Her anxiety torments her everytime she ponders entering the void, and adjusting has proven difficult.
- Mute enrolls as a potential wayfarer, allowing you to see how they train and teach. The archivist struggles to understand a new enemy that threatens humanity, a group known to the The Origin Exiles as The Sin Eaters.
- Something stirs under the surface of Safeharbor, a powerful burst of energy never seen before. Is it a weapon? Could it be an answer to the many mysteries of the planet, or is the planet wide city struggling to keep itself running. The expedition below is dangerous, and some will struggle to make it back alive.
You will see significantly more of The Others in season two including the beasties below the surface of Safeharbor. We will also look at the relationship of Argus and her adopted mother, an Eden Warsaint. You will learn of other species, from the siliue and others among the galactic community, to the sin eaters, themselves. The sin eaters are a death cult, an antagonist unlike any other. Their ships have no weapons, they dont need them. Their soldiers are unarmed, invisible to the naked eye. They aren't a threat to most species, but to humanity, they may as well be an unstoppable force.
Something only a select few realized from season one: the archivist was from earth... why doesnt he reveal what happened? Shouldn't he know? He remembers Invicta well enough. Are you suspicious, dear reader? You should be... This season will reveal many secrets. Most will be small, a mere blip compared to the plot at large. These secrets will come to reveal truths about the characters themselves, particularly with Invicta and The Archivist.
The archivist spat out the words, as if goading them from afar. He taunted them to step forward from whatever black, empty patch of space they called home, "The sin eaters are scavengers, bottom feeders. How could a species so inconsequential pose such a threat to our existence?" He saw nothing, cycling through the various settings on The Archive's cameras. Infrared, ultraviolet, and even microwave imaging revealed nothing.
Caydie watched with her head tilted to the side. It was a curious thing to say. "Lorne?"
The archivist spoke again when he heard the faintest shifting of air in the room. "I suppose we will never know more about these creatures, not without a body to study." he raised a hand, the steel frame ending in sharp, jagged fingers.
The archivist laughed. Perhaps he should try something new. He tried a new algorithm, tricking his vision. He primed himself to perceive the most peculiar of optical illusions.
He didnt react when he saw them, 3 humanoid silhouettes dancing in stygian colors. He didnt need to catch one alive, a corpse would answer his questions just fine. He stepped forward and stopped near one of the intruders and straightened his knife like fingers.
"Lorne? Are you alright?" Caydie asked.
He shushed her, a drawn out sound not unlike static. "Careful, miss Caydie. We don't want to scare off the fish."