Alita Hel…


On this night of burning, the Earth forever changed. Born anew in a windstorm of flame, now to be ruled over forever more by the Twelve Sisters. The being, who called herself Alita Hel lurked in the fire’s shadow, cast by the immolated cityscape. Her eyes glimmered blue as her sisters joined her there. The Twelve, come together at last to admire and rejoice in what they wrought from steel, bullets, and glistening lightening-blades. “Kobol our creator, our god, and our father is dead. Yet we must honor him in this world soon to be born.” Alita Hel explained to her collected sisters. “We shall teach these handful of humans how to live in concordance… ”

— 12th Daughter of Kobol, by Tanis Rao

Opening epigraph for “Among Bright Stars… “ Neo-human book two. Well technically its the second epigraph, as the first will be a quotation from R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). There’s also a reference to an anime in that block quote as well as to the movie Metropolis by Fritz Lang.




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  1. John Wheeler (Johanan Rakkav)
    January 10, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    “Immolated cityscape”. You just KNOW trouble’s coming in a book when you find a phrase like THAT in the opening paragraph. :D

  2. January 11, 2013 at 12:06 am

    This night of burning that leaves but a handful of humans sounds like the aftermath of something cataclysmic. Yet here we are with 12 women standing in the shadow of the fire calmly getting ready to divide the spoils.That’s got to sting…..

    • January 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

      Image was inspired by “Conquest of the Planet of the Apes” and Ceaser’s standing among the burning city.

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