Gemenon: The (Evil) Twin of Caprica
I was on Gemenon last week and it was so freaky and weird, I thought I was dead.
It really is the Backwards Twin of Caprica, folks. I might even go so far as to call it the Evil Twin, but I don't want to offend anyone.
Just kidding. Yeah, Gemenon is the Evil Twin of Caprica.
I was in Oranu, the capital, and every single building is a temple. The religious fervor in that place is insane. Actually, I take that back, not every building is a temple - every building looks like a temple. I wandered into what I thought was a temple because I was feeling nauseous and figured it might be better to vomit indoors than outdoors (yeah, I know that makes no sense, but neither does this entire Colony), and it wasn't a temple, it was the post office. I ended up not needing to throw up but I bought a postcard that I later used as an ashtray.
My next stop was in the other major city, Illumini, where I visited the Pantheon, which is roughly about the size of a hundred Pyramid stadiums. I stared at religious artwork for what seemed like five days. Every single deity in the Sacred Scolls is celebrated in one way or another in the Pantheon. And there are a lot of deities in the Sacred Scrolls. And I felt like I was being watched the entire time.
There's this foreboding sense of intolerance everywhere. It got to the point where I was wondering if I was even breathing right in the eyes of these people. It's all backwards. They renounce technology and yet every guy in a robe was talking on a cell phone - they have an excuse as to why it's OK at the ready, too, if you challenge them on it. And every kid is on drugs. They can't stand it there. How could they?
Speaking of kids, I took a jaunt out to Armonia, which was the real reason for my visit. I wanted to see the "secret base" of the Soldiers of the One. Well, I wanted to see if I could find it, the place where they brainwash the kids with nonsense and convince them to blow things up. No luck, couldn't find it - I guess that's why it's a "secret" base. I was pretty brazen about it, too, asking the locals where I could find the STO harbor. They looked at me like I had just killed their cat and then calmly told me they had no idea what I was talking about. Yeah, sure. I'm surprised no one snuck up behind me and shot me in the back of the head. But that would only have proven my point.
I felt like I was being followed all the way back to port. I didn't relax until I was safe in my apartment back in Caprica City, and even then I had a new security system installed the next morning.
Gemenon. Don't go.
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