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A look inside "Kahari"

Read the first chapter (and prologue) of book 1 of the Scarab Reign series.



Kahari: The Scarab Reign Book 1


Power across the known universe vanished.


Billions of galaxies left in the dark, crippling worlds—forcing people to fight for survival. No one knew why or how.


Then the answer came: The Scarab.


A mysterious alien race with technology and power unseen ended the way of life for countless beings. Now they’ve come and taken over the federation (UFWA) to instill a new supremacy over the universe, selling power to worlds that can afford it.


The price?


Slavery.


A quota of humans must be met if the lights are to stay on. The Scarab need workers to mine gold. Why? No one had the courage to ask or go up against the Scarab—until Saren Thorn, Commander of the warship Avenger, made a stand.


She had a plan, and it was simple.


They took it all away—she’ll take it all back.



 

PROLOGUE


Long ago, the known galaxies under the United Federation Ward of Authority (UFWA) ran on a clean, limitless source of energy. As vast as space itself, the power coursed through the entire universe as effortlessly as cosmic rays and was merely known as universal power.


No one remembered the discovery of universal power, or who had engineered the device with the ability to tap into it.


The information lost to the ages.


Then the Scarab reign began, and the world went dark like an unseen giant unplugging the cosmos’ extension cord and ending the flow of universal power. At first, no one knew what had happened. Death and chaos ensued across the universe that day.


The loss of power grounded spaceships, hover-cars, and zip-jets, all no longer capable of flight. Eco-buildings, enviro-homes, hospitals—entire worlds through the known galaxies sat helplessly without power with no warning or explanation.


All technology utilizing universal power no longer operated, leaving worlds full of inhabitants in the dark and facing a new stone-age.


The way of life across the universe changed in that single moment.


The inhabitants, left in such dire need, returned to the old, dangerous ways of power and frantically searched inside the planet’s crust until they rediscovered fossil fuels. Crude, volatile oils and gases when burned, emitted carbons into the air, eventually killing off the majestic Atmospheric race, and creating dangerous carcinogens, slowly poisoning the rest of the population with cancers and diseases.


Dangerous fossil fuels became the only viable source of energy.


Existing technology needed retrofitting—new engines and working parts that would run on the old source of energy.


A new world era had been born, rising-up slowly and creeping its way across the universe until the races that survived had successfully adopted the noxious power source.


That’s when the Scarab came.


The aliens made themselves known to the galaxies across the stars arriving in droves of Warship Cruisers, Battle Darts, and modification vessels with the technology of the likes no one had ever seen, hellbent on eradicating the use of fossil fuels.


The United Federation Ward of Authority (UFWA) found themselves powerless against the Scarab as they easily blasted the crude, refitted ships of the federation out of the sky. Universal power was gone, yet the Scarab ships showed the telltale signs of blue plume trailing behind their engines, unlike the reddish-orange burning of fossil fuels.


It wasn’t long before UFWA gave in to the new regime of the Scarab government, allowing the aliens to take over as the new unified law of the universe. They sent modification vessels to scour each planet to destroy fossil-fuel burning production plants and factories, replacing them with unified hubs the Scarab could fill with universal power for a price.


Very few risked getting caught using anything but the power from the hubs.


The Scarab had discovered a way of harnessing the mysterious universal power and storing it in the hubs for later-distribution sales like an energy company. Since the Scarabs were unknowns and never having belonged to the Federation, they found the current form of currency across the universe useless to them.


The price the Scarab required to fill the hubs was slaves.


The irony of losing universal power was that the process of manufacturing the Scarab’s weapons, ships and gadgets reliant on the energy source was so dangerously volatile to their physiology, they required a safer method of production: Non-Scarab manpower.


The Scarab had set a mandate for each world to immediately cease usage of fossil fuels in lieu of receiving limitless universal power for one month. All the governments had to do was offer up a quota of slave workers. The quota was graciously calculated on a percentage of the total population to ensure the slaves didn’t become extinct.


The Scarab never set regulations on the government's ill-begotten power, except for its usage of basic living needs. No transportation in any form was to be run using the stored energy; if caught, termination of the offenders was usually imminent.


So, in turn, the greedy governments chose to sell energy to its citizens at a hefty price. Since only the wealthy could afford the expense, prisons and detention facilities soon became overcrowded with innocent people waiting for deportation into slavery, and less with real criminals. The crime level skyrocketed to a new high.


Law enforcement officials of UFWA soon shifted from enforcing laws to rounding up homeless people who couldn’t afford the price of living and handed them over to the Scarab into slavery.

Over time during the Scarab’s reign, people began living healthier lives once the usage of fossil fuels was down to a minimum of a few daring risk-takers, but the integrity of societies everywhere declined as a result.


The world was far from perfect, but after centuries, it was once again working like a well-oiled machine—begrudgingly.


Fearing the powerful Scarab became the norm.


Until one woman with a brass-set dared to come up with a plan.


This brazen woman secretly rationed power, storing it away in stolen hubs to aid her cause. She sought out people and other radical groups off-world using an illegal, modified ship; finding allies to support her revolutionary cause.


Once she had all the power she would need, Commander Saren Thorn approached the UFWA council with a plan.


The Scarab had taken it all away; she was going to take it all back…