The first lines of the New Generation Saga of the Robotech Novels returns to the beginning. 

It had been a long road of heartbreak...then hatred...what would the road hold now?

The long road of the Invid Mother, the Regis...

"...her children scattered; her regent a prisoner of the blood lust, at war with nature and enslaved to vengeance. But dare we presume to read her thoughts even now, to walk a path not taken-one denied to us by gates and towers our senses cannot perceive and perhaps never will?"

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And after all the pain she and her children endured, a world has called out to her and it offers the key to the Invid salvation...

"Still, it must have seemed like the answer to a prayer: A planet newly rich in the flower that was life itself, a profusion of such incredible nutrient wealth that her Sensor Nebulae had found it clear across the galaxy. A blue and white world as distant from her Optera as she was from the peaceful form her consciousness once inhabited."

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Zor wronged the Invid in the worst way possible. A sin committed in the name of science. A seduction to extract a secret from the Regis. 

A betrayal that led to a mate's devolution. 

Yet, a betrayal in the name of love.

"And yet Optera was lost to her, to half her children. Left in the care of one who had betrayed his kind, who had become what he fought so desperately to destroy. As she herself had...

All but trapped now in the guise that he had worn, the one who lured the secrets of the Flower from her. And whose giant warriors had returned to possess the planet and dispossess its inhabitants. But oh, how she had loved him! Enough to summon from her very depths the ability to emulate him. And later to summon a hatred keen enough to birth a warring nature, an army of soldiers to rival his-to rival Zor's own!"

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And in the end...

"But he, too, was lost to her, killed by the very soldiers her hatred had fashioned."

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But the Regis could no longer afford the past to be in front of her. The destiny of her and her children awaited. She may have lost Optera, but the Earth would now be the fertile ground in which to plant her seed for the rebirth of the Invid.

"And woe to the life form that inhabited that world! For nothing would prevent her from finding a home for her children, a home for the completion of their grand evolutionary design!"

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There are many themes in the Robotech Novels story. In part, it  is a tragic tale of love, betrayal and vengeance.

Yet, it does makes room for redemption.

But A LOT happens before that!

- John


IMAGES: Robotech: TAS , Episode 84, Dark Finale
NASA - Stock footage
Genesis, The Legend of Zor
Robotech: The Graphic Novel
Robotech: TAS, Episode 61, The Invid Invasion


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