The earth itself is transparent through the many time periods of the universe; every dimension passes through – even the Fifth. The sun no longer sets nor rises; it remains standing on over the western hemisphere, leaving the east cast in darkness. As time progressed on further years, the entire mid-western population was wiped out as a result of the yearlong scorching heat, and it wasn’t long after until the East’s numbers began receding rapidly. At the marginal of extinction, German engineer Alexander Dreher invented a man-made biosphere moderated to suit human living, where the remaining survivors are taken. This city has its place in the sky, named Dreherica, after its creator. Towering skyscrapers of black glass stand firmly on a transparent tiled platform that maintains gravity and weight. Although night surrounds this crystalline fortress in the sky, people carry on with their lives, beneath the colorful lights that illuminate from the structures around them. No one’s life had to change; they felt right at home within this safe utopia provided for them.
However, this magnificent city would lose its glimmer. After the ten most perfect years in human history, Dreher’s death marked the beginning of an even darker world.
An Englishman, Rayner Garrard, reintroduced dictatorship to the new world. It wasn’t something that had been voted over in such democracy; Garrard took office by force. He, a weapon designer and chemist, brought about the HR0911 (Hitler Rod 0911). It stands as the most lethal weapon invented in history, having a massive capability to transform and reshape into a vast selection of blades and machine guns. Its latest upgrade allows it to transmit a toxin into the victim’s bloodstream for a definite kill. The toxin is commonly known as thallium, the most dangerous element known to man.
Every one of Dictator Garrard’s soldiers wields this treacherous weapon, becoming more skilled than any other swordsman or marksman in history, calling themselves Hitlerites. His army is undefeated, leading the public to surrender and submit to his commands. The city of Dreherica is completely changed, and so are the lives of its inhabitants. Those who openly spoke against Garrard were immediately slaughtered on the spot, and those who quietly opposed him stayed inside their apartments to evade the sight of the Dictator’s Army. Most people remained silent or in hiding, fearing that they would accidently offend the higher power. Followers of Garrard were among the highest rank and wealthy of Dreherica, living in mansions while plebeians dwelled in apartments. They received honor from the Army, and respect from the Dictator, while living indulged lives.
Five years into dictatorship, the year 3000 came within sight. It was the designated year the world would reach its acme. The world would become lost within the many dimensions of the universe, and time itself would be left at a standstill. The past will disappear, and so will the future. Time refuses to trudge past the year 3000, with no present-day. Time now has no substance, no purpose to further exist. The second this year began, no one aged further. Death of old age was impossible, and so was birth.
But throughout this frozen year, only twelve children out of millions managed to survive an inevitable miscarriage. These twelve children, though born into different lives, were prized by their families for being miracles. Some were born into the wealthy families, rebel families, and even those in some parts of former South America, where the heat was bearable. But there was one factor that separated these children among the rest of the world – they aged, living through their juvenile years to their adolescence. It was a mystery as to how these children defied the fact that time had frozen. Each born with a unique birthmark upon themselves, they had originated from the Fifth Dimension, the dimension in which was invisible, but still possessed the element of time, unlike the world seen by the rest of the humans. The markings imbedded in their skin resembled the twelve astrological signs: Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. Each child was given a supernatural gift that represented their symbol.
As ten years passed, every human being was beginning to feel the agony of never growing older. Things as such resulted in insanity and even suicide. Although only on a minor scale, it was fatal to human existence, since children were unable to be born. When Dictator Garrard saw that Dreherica was hanging by a limb, he decided to act. For another half a decade, his professors strived to find a solution to this calamity. But to no avail, the scientists were unable to find even a hint to the answer. Then, Garrard began seeing an oddity within Dreherica. There were two children that frequently roamed the streets, and throughout the years, they had aged. And their extraordinary gifts weren’t something purposely hidden. So, Garrard had dispatched the Hitlerites to capture these strange children. They are to be experimented on, even if it may result in death, for further analysis on who and what they were, to harness their power.
Three years into the frantic scavenger for the Astrowalkers, as they had been called, the twelve children are now eighteen years of age. Depending on whether they were followers, part of the rebellion, of neither, they carried on lives of a horrendous series of events. Events of murder, suspense, war, and interstellular connection. They must find their purpose for existing in a world that vows to take advantage of them. And whether they agree to support one another despite their differences in beliefs or not, time was ticking away for them. Time, is raining seconds.