RS is constantly changing. Any writing should not be considered final until I remove this note.
- 1 Entries
- 1.1 BGI
- 1.2 Biocracy
- 1.3 Bio-Crisis
- 1.4 Black Season
- 1.5 Camp Sturmanderung
- 1.6 Comguys
- 1.7 GATC
- 1.8 GATC: Blackstars
- 1.9 GOP
- 1.10 Green Village
- 1.11 GUR
- 1.12 META
- 1.13 Mind Seal
- 1.14 Operation Proteus
- 1.15 Shinobi
- 1.16 Silver Dawn
- 1.17 Silver Village
- 1.18 Sturmanderung
- 1.19 Syndicate
- 1.20 TCTF
- 1.21 Vago Biotech
- 1.22 WCG
- 2 Characters
- 3 Chapters // synopsis so far
Some name are more or less place holder names(*). Any suggestion is welcome.
BGI is a (business) concern which originated from WCG's installation. As a consequence to the overall shrinking military-industrial-complex, the leading companies united instead of fighting each other. They absorbed the best ex-military, research and production sites to become a monopoly making it easier to formulate profitable conditions against WCG in business contracts. Their expertise and power is a guaranty that WGC signs most contracts with them. BGI became the primary vendor for TCTF and any remaining special military. BGI offers just everything: beginning from TCTF auto-pistols and ammunition up to aircraft carriers and military support units to help beat down sudden, regional riots. The WCG is no longer interested in maintaining a military that used to have millions jobs around the world.
As war and conflict is their business model BGI established shady ties to the Syndicate whose actions guarantee a steady demand for weapons within the supposed to be de-militarized and unified world. By now BGI is as corrupt as the very Syndicate some TCTF investigators even don't differentiate anymore between them. This latest development is still to be proofed. WCG's support for BGI makes it difficult for the TCTF to research directly against BGI - all the more since the TCTF is depending on BGI's capacities to fight known Syndicate branches.
BGI is interested in status quo. Muro's rise to power is a thorn in their eyes. Since Muro started to become independent from BGI they are planing to get rid of Muro. In latest past they build up an anti-Daodan taskforce which includes heavy mech Iron Demon.
Encounter with Mai in Hasegawa's lab
Mai knows the location because either at this place they took her DNA samples for the prototype - or because of the disc.
As for the TCTF Hasegawa's lab is "old, useless and forgotten" = not on their mind anymore. However the alarm still exists.
BGI has WCG' "carte blanche" (full freedom/permission) to react on highlevel threats and hence receives TCTF alarms as well.
BGI wants a stealth attack on Mai and therefor declares the alarm as code black (top secret, silencing it) before it has a chance to bubble up through all other TCTF offices. (In the name of national/WCG's security explanation are given at a later time.) The reason for not being presented at Griffin's screen immidiatly is that with time that alarm was given lower priority because of more probable vandalism. But BGI's Daodan taskforce is actively looking for such signals as Muro is more and more pissing them off. By now they know he has sister - another threat.
This goes hand in hand with Iritscen's text: "After Chapter 8, Konoko is declared "rogue" and BGI sees that she is becoming yet another out-of-control Daodan host, so they begin to make moves against her."
Dream lab happens.
To my beloved VS: don't freak out when you read this. This piece is still incomplete, too :)
There's always room for improvement.
- "Many forms of Government have been tried and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed, it has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."
- - Winston Churchill
- "Which is the best government? That which teaches us to govern ourselves."
- - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- "We reject: Kings, Presidents and Voting. We believe in: rough Consensus and running Code."
- - Dave Clark
How Biocracy works:
Data of the entire ecosystem (all living and non-living) is collected through Gaia. It's a planetary sensor networked based on a Bioc pattern. It can nonviolently modify non-human life. These organisms can receive and transmit data by "natural implants".
(RL example of R&D going into direction Gaia: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/11/151120182611.htm)
Similar is possible for humans, the so-called Omega-Chimera.
All human needs and desires are monitored and analyzed whereby contribution to the datapool is voluntary and anonymous by default.
Memories and brain power is not shared by default. (Collective problem solving inspired by NPU groups.)
Humans can organize in groups to accomplish mutual goals.
Pensatore tries to establish "seed groups", starting in Green Village but also elsewhere. His education focus on co-op benefits. Successful groups are encouraged to form bigger, more powerful groups which in turn can accomplish even greater goals. As more people work together the more they can do.
The ultimate idea is to let mankind grow together and create a mental unity.
Avatara or one of its clone AIs ("Daimon") can act as processing environment for the gathered data.
Goal of the Biocracy is to create a real collective memory and consciousness. This doesn't replace the individual memory and consciousness but exists parallel as some kind of "Daimon" who acts as benevolent counselor. You can follow his advice or not.
Humans, or Omega Chimera, that choose to become outsiders because they don't agree with the rest, aren't expelled from the system. They are allowed continued access to gaia. With that they can meet personal needs of resources and energy. Persatore thinks this will suppress too hateful developments. "Who would bite a feeding hand?"
Effects on higher lifeforms
Technologies will enable animals to be understood by their behavior, language and chemical cues like pheromones. And similarly will be plants.
- The Gaia infrastructure allows automatic studies 24/7 while the AIs will analyze acquired data. Keywords: big data, data mining, pattern recognition
- The required trends are already here:
- geo tracking of animals (e.g. ICARUS Initiative)
- Instant translation of human language e.g. via Google phone "Pixel"
- Decoding language of animals (esp. dolphins)
- AI research
- Sensor techs (airborne and in organisms)
Political representatives will be animals themselves, enhanced organisms. So-called "species avatars".
There are the trends of
- a growing computer ecosystem, computing hardware is found more and more closer to organisms and their habitats.
- PC -> smartphone (and other "wearables") -> smart clothes, smart cars and homes -> implantations and prostheses (medical, military, self-improvement, convenience) -> biological / semi-synthetic chips / molecular electronics
- Self-enhancement (most notably: physical strength and condition, intelligence, memory) by drugs, genetic reprogramming, BCI
If all those are applied to animals you can foresee a future with smart, sentient non-human lifeforms.
With the comguys and Mukade disrupting Avatara's systems and plans, species avatars can emerge during the mind seal and allow them to establish friendships, alliances and wars with humans.
Mukade's new nationalistic goals are to protect culture of "his" country from the influence of uncontrolled, hyper-rational AIs that destroyed important aspects of human life just to increase the efficiency of the "system" they life in - also paying back Avatara for duping his initial, national goals he had: preserving Japan's external boarders.
The breed of intelligent animals are the origin of "alien life" in "Beyond Dragons".
HAPē mask campaign
Word pun of HAP and erroneously pronunciation of "ē" for "y". "Happy mask". See poster #1.
The campaign was especially meant to motivate children to use their HAP masks so they would not inhale toxic air.
- National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants
- Dioxin (Sturmanderung console page), Polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, Agent Orange, toxic air
- Fight against WCG's artificial mycorrhiza, Biocrisis
Time right after the cataclysm. Marked by chaos and death.
Due to the tendency to build ACCs only in range of large cities and the rushed activation of the Sturmanderung pulse, the destruction probably isn't as widespread as Konoko says.
A response in an OCF discussion how much apocalyptic 12/3 really was:
Condensing: Your biggest concern about a sequel is the post-apocalyptic setting which is based on that one statement of Konoko.
Don't trust that TCTF trained guinea pig. ~chuckles~
No need to invent anything.
To sum it up: not all countrysides have ACCs and abusing the activation sequence will even save some. I only see a 50%-effective apocalypse. smile
> The World Coalition Government realizes the extent of the ecological damage and has the ability to reverse a lot of it but has decided not to. It is in their best interest to maintain the centralization of wealth so the large population centers are preserved while "third world" regions are not
The TCTF's job is to fight and prevent tech crimes. Their second task is to control prohibited tech e.g. by running the TCTF science prisons. After (Konoko's overdramatized) ACC destruction the TCTF would be forced to disclose their gathered knowledge. If they refuse the angry mob will pay them a visit. One obvious demand could be to mass-produce SLDs to do all the outdoor work.
That's why I think that a sequel doesn't necessarily need to be totally post-apocalyptic.
Also (again), questioning and improving other points won't hurt.
Daodan implantation is a core element in Muro's plan. Quite late bro. I would expect the Syndicate to already have that technology. Indeed the implantation is listed before worldwide ACC upgrades (which probably took months or even a few years).
<<<Tertiary Stage: COMPLETE>>>
They are done with implantation.
Not only statements should be questions, also actual technology notes so that we don't run into later pitfalls.
Such errors steal attention from the actual story.
A 50% cataclysm is just as bad as a 100% cataclysm if people fight each other for remaining resources? Might be. Someone must step up and provide stability pleasing human basic needs in such situation. META. A wild mix of WCG, moderate Syndicate, BGI and industrials - more doers than talkers. Since the wealth will remain centralized just after the worst has been fixed (or not) the kicked out losers from the old factions and radicalized people will seek to secure the resources by their own hands. Phönix. None of these entities is homogeneously which causes various inner conflicts.
Strikers prefer to say "Camp" as code name for the whole complex. Most of of it lies underground.
It's "hosted" by GUR as more or less official maximum security prison. (It was the Syndicate price for helping GUR during the Great Uprising.)
Death penalty is still supported by GUR's law, that way the Syndicate can cover their "new deals" towards their inmates. Sarcastic voices name it also "gladiator farm".
The underground complex contains facilities for research (by supercomputers), production (including Daodan and heavy weapons), and a TITAN module. Needed electricity is in great part received from a beneath lying geothermal power station which works as closed system.
WCG is basically the Chinese state model with everyone getting used to it, giving it one or two more generations. Those who do not agree live a difficult life. The open source movement is not what is used to be, either. WCG is controlling open source now. "Digital rebels" are thereby forced to act against WCG's law and order, stigmatizing some as criminal and black hats who would have not been in the past. This oppression of free will resulted in individuals to actually oppose the WCG. Growing radicalism of gray hats and natural black hats resulted in enough potential to fight back. At first it was idealistic actions, then money was involved, leading to corruption of their own ideals they once had. In Italy, mafia structures were attacked to clean up the political landscape. But digital tools made it easy to get involved, blackmailing mafia and linked politicians, eventually taking over the business. When physical and virtual reality merged, the "Network" became new head in line of command. As Comguys they were secretly directing the Syndicate.
(*) Gathered Anti-Terror Commandos
GATC was formed during the Great Uprising in 2032 by a resisting third of the United States known as "New Confederation". (Its constitution was in great part like the old one.)
The International Emergency Economic Powers Act allowed to claim an "unusual and extraordinary threat... to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the New Confederation". And GATC was ordered to take down this "threat" because the so-called World Coalition Government (WCG) was going to be founded in claim for sole representation - no market or nation should be left. Minorities were going to be ignored.
Africa had many resisting countries so GATC used the situation to set up a "proxy war" there.
However, they lost the war. GATC kept operating in the underground - financed by pro-NC concerns mainly military industry. GATC is marked by using cutting-edge technologies in faith to ensure their success that way.
Blackstars is that special platoon (counted 40 units at beginning). It is GATC's elite executive but their existence is official denied. Sort of a modern "Jin-Roh".
Blackstars claimed themselves to be a mercenary group in 2034 after the war. Via Blackstars the GATC administrative keeps in contact with the Syndicate which had become hostile towards them.
GATC obtained nuclear material to expand their arsenal. They tried to recover an broken arrow from the coast of Georgia and a reactor of an sunken Russian submarine. These mission were highly risky and eventually had to be canceled. In recent years they went on to use sea water filter technology. They infiltrated a GOP facility that desalinate sea water. Elements in solution can be separated by the differently sized pores in graphene oxide membranes. By mixing in uranium contaminated soil they accelerate the process. By that they can not only obtain heavy water but also plenty of uranium. They are thus able to construct fission and fusion bombs.
GATC supports their elites with a bunch of cutting-edge technologies which include many parts from Syndicate and WCG. Besides the Daodan they have their very own highly advanced bio program Spare. The ultimate application of Spares are framed by "liquid SLD" and transport means that includes an end-stage carrier with scramjet engines. Liquid SLDs are robots made from special SLD cells. They are not meant to mimic humanoid combatants per se. The cells allow for highly modular designs - or as the GATC sci say - for liquid designs. The robots can adapt to many situations on the battlefield by changing their bodies. They can also divide into smaller units to form swarms or fuse all together for heavy tanks and mechs.
When GATC decided to evacuate Griffin from a hospital under attack by the Syndicate they sent a Spare with all its support layers. After touchdown the liquid SLD created a perimeter defence. They were meant to buy time so that Blackstars could "install" Griffin's Spare.
Guardians Of Paradise?
GOP at it's core is a transhuman organization. When WCG declared some technologies to be dangerous for world population, the transhumanists saw them to be hindered in reaching their goals. They began to gather all kind of equipment and brought them to remote places in the Sahara. Their villages changed location a few times since then. The most important money sources are former Russian oligarchs. A few of these bakers even life there.
Symbiosis with religious individuals
Work force is provided by religious groups and individuals that share the goal of a devout, peaceful, autarkic community. The bakers put much effort in recruiting and missionizing people with the most "silent", loyal and submissive behavior. The use of cutting-edge technology is not propagandized, the administrators rather try to blend it into daily life. The community's growing success is interpreted as God's goodwill. And as harder the people work as higher will be their rewards.
If all GOP's goals would have been accomplished, the members would have proven themselves being worthy to witness the Second Coming and allowed to remain on Earth.
While the Second Coming was actually propaganda, the cataclysm put GOP's religious workers into so much euphoric mood that they scared many GOP transhumanists. Some critical voices used the heat to kick out everyone that didn't seemed to be a true advocate. Eric Morice, himself a scientist, retained control over the systems but acted now fully in what he thought the members would expect next. Jesus would not appear very soon... To buy time for a plan, he said that they still needed to endure the appearance of true evil. He built some demonic beasts in Green Village's unaccessible laboratories. The Bioc would set them free later. Their presence would be a proof for Satan's actions and the Holy Sand could wipe them from the face of earth. All what was missing was someone that could act as Jesus. Preferable a Daodan host that could miraculous heal his wounds and those of others.
Temporary partnership with the Syndicate
While the Syndicate is happy in having such a well-paying customer for illegal technology, they also became interested in what GOP actually does. The Syndicate never does business blindly with any customer. With their paramilitary devision on the same continent GOP had no much of another chance than to share technologies they developed on their own. The Syndicate is always looking for a way of making their HQ more autarkic and unnoticeable. For instance to camouflage underground facilities from civil and military satellites, infrared information can be altered by "camo layers" which origin dates back to 2011.
When GOP got an sample of Bioc in their hands they used it as smart concrete. Their buildings can now be grown from basically just sand and electricity. Soon they used it to grew "solar harvester". These look like wide areas of black sand. The areas are protected by dense dust clouds up to heavy winds that emerge as soon as strangers appear. Magnetic fields can turn particles into devastating storms and tornados against men and vehicles. After recent improvements GOP began to transform the entire Sahara into "holy sand". By now they are even able to create fast moving dunes, earth quakes and quicksand. The Syndicate no longer sends personal after GOP since nobody returns anymore. All phenomena draw either on magnetic fields or mechanical resonance from Bioc sand layers.
Because of the biblical context, GOP plans to create a new deterrent. These "pillars of salt" will actively grow on enemies and eventually trap them inside. The final pillars can be controlled to sink or rise in the sand.
GOP thinks apocalypse is nigh because of the BioCrisis and the war. They pray for redemption and believe that god will give back paradise to human kind which is supposed to be on earth.
They are planned to mirroring human's highest wishes. And high-tech seems to make those wishes becomes true. Paradisical life conditions, health, great knowledge, physical power, immortality, etc.
A little circle of influential members of the World Transhumanist Association sees GOP as an interesting experiment which should be observed... Their research data could be used for Omega-Chimäre.
But GOP will be a minor point.
- GV might be located at Vitimskiy Zapovednik
- At the periphery of the quarantine zone there is a city similar to Neryungri
Green Village is a huge research complex dedicated to environmental-friendly, or "green", technologies and the wide field of genetics.
It is connected with its sister facility Silver Village through the "new global sci grid" which also Avatara used for its Daodan computations.
Both, Silver Village and Green Village, are TCTF science prisons. As WCG's two most important research facilities they are not only guarded by TCTF but also WCG military. In 2041, they decided to build another military base near Green Village.
Muro left a power vacuum in the Syndicate. Kumo was one of who tried to became the next boss. His first step in doing so was to build up his own, infinite stock of Daodan Chrysalises.
He gave his elite teams the best equipment money can buy (and security codes from BGI) to infiltrate Green Village and steal research data about WCG's Daodan so he could produce any number of them. The team was said to transmit the data and retreat again. But Kumo knew that it was very unlikely they would make it out alive. However, Kumo thought that the cataclysm was the perfect chance for such risky move.
GATC knew about the Syndicate operation and decided to intercept by nuking the complex. The administration took the chance to trigger a new war between Syndicate and WCG. They aimed for the fusion reactor to maximize the nuclear contamination and scare off other invaders. However, Daya and her team had been selected for the Sturmänderung program which made them DC hosts. The Syndicate team has little trouble to adapt to the hostile environment. The actual problem was that they had been wasted by Kumo and they didn't knew it. The extraction of the teams was not going to happen.
GATC knows of the Syndicate structures and that Kumo is after the Daodan. They decide to offer WCG their men as emergency response team to capture the Syndicate team. The plan is to eliminate them so no further investigation can be made reveling that the Syndicate isn't responsible for GV's destruction. Mai has been recently recruited by GATC so they send them there too.
As it turns out there is something more dangerous in the area than nuclear contamination or enemy forces. Rogue bioc patterns hunt for any kind of biomatter - plants, animals, human, not caring whether WCG, GATC or Syndicate. This let the WCG establish a quarantine zone.
The Bioc kept growing turning normal people into "wanderes" and Daodan hosts into seemingly supernatural nature spirits before they eventually merge with the main mass when the Daodan lost its battle against the Bioc infection. After a few skirmishes everyone that had survived in the zone comes to the conclusion that they are on their own and only together they can survive.
Meanwhile BGI is tasked to secure the area. Because of political power games they sent Sarai to take in Mai, the initiator of the cataclysm - also they had to settle a score with her. Mai had infiltrated BGI and destroyed the Iron Demon a few days ago that was supposed to kill Muro. Mukade wasn't able to help Mai as had to chase after one of the Bioc spirits. He realized that they need a Daodan host that lives in symbiosis with the Bioc. But allowing the host to move freely meant to risk contamination of more areas. Eventually he fights the host and secures it in a Syndicate location not knowing that the old "Controllers" are also interested into the powers of the Bioc. Also, WCG plans to purge the whole region. Mai and Mukade running out of time to save the people.
All infected individuals are bought back to GV - to get burned away someday by a shower of nuclear bombs.
Someone within GATC knows that Griffin still hides the puppet master technology and that the large-scale nuclear sterilization won't stop the Bioc. They sent a team to Griffin to bring him back. But Griffin gets lethally wounded by Saomi and needs a "spare".
Traton sent Saomi into the desert where she finds the GOP and Muro. While GOP prepare for Armageddon, Muro and Saomi try to escape.
When Sarai is no more Mai goes to GOP to stop them. After that she returns to GV to fight the left GOP forces. ??? Mukade messed with them in the underground labs and enters the battlefield where he tries to kill the bioc spirit.
Mai uses her Daodan QC to control the Daodandroids and fight the WCG soldiers. The neural load is massive and drives her to total exhaustion. Shin continues to use her body. At the same time Shin gets fooled by the Controllers who use her as a trap for Avatara.
Mai falls into the hands of Black Phönix that defies meta. They regenerate her over and over but her mind remained damaged.
Muro escaped GOP and seeked out Ryu to start a new life. Eventually he has to fight Mai and restores her memories.
Together they begin to fight Traton who got the puppet master program. Avatara fights Aether AI. He recognizes that he loses control over Gaia and prevents Tratons plan in an angry act of despair.
"Enough of this bullshit!" Avatara establishes the mind seal.
Shin had liberated GATC AI Sophia which seeked Mai for help. Together they hunted the Network. Avatara got more and more powerless due to his own ethics and political shockwaves of the Aether incidence.
Sophia needs Mai as another nature avatar (symbiosis) since Gaia switched political sides to the Network?
And Muro goes the underground?
(*) Great Union of Resistance
(Formed by most of African and a few Middle East countries during the Great Uprising.)
From the prologue:
- A second front was on cultural basis. Developing countries and states of the Islamic world saw the annexation of their (living and) economic zones as another cheating by the Western World; the "Colonial Legacy" deemed as proof that capitalism brought only harm.
- The ongoing radicalization of both sides and smaller escalations gave WCG the possibility to propagandize the "Clash of Civilizations".
Basically the coalition of moderate WCG and Syndicate forces. Neither of them can survive alone anymore. Traton became the head of META after he stole the puppet master program from Griffin.
Mind Seal event becomes only possible by Silver Dawn. Ter Hasegawa is trying to disempower humans for their own sake. "Machines shall become our guards of power since we rather go to war against ourselves than to protect ourself." This act makes appear enemies of course... Mind Seal is meant as temporary solution until a Biocracy can be established.
Traton's PR attack and final hit on WCG. He polarizes the masses and let chase them state institutions like TCTF.
(Shinobi: another word for ninja)
Ninja's golden age was during the sengoku period (1477 - 1573). Then the Ninjutsu schools (Ryû) began to disappear again. The rest was further reduced after Japan had lost WWII - they were prohibited to have any martial arts. But, however, some Ryû survived.
Then there was a reviving of the Ninjutsu. WCG's declaration meant also the loss of Japan. Terror groups arose to force their own Government to refuse the this union. These groups weren't very effective despite of modern weapons. Then there was a notable attack. Three men covered as security personal took down all the others and got the conference under their control. The minister had to read the group's reasons not to join WCG in front of invited reporters. This was just a warning. The three left as soon as the special forces began to storm the building. This created a new myth of the Ninjutsu.
The Shinobi absorbed other radical forces. But homeland Japan was lost, in the end they couldn't keep pace with WCG security arrangements.
They teamed up with GATC and Syndicate to fight WCG on last battle fields. It was a matter of strength again. GATC fell back - caring their wounds. And Syndicate tried to lull Shinobi by forming them into a stronger and guerilla-like force. Meanwhile - Mukade worked too closely with Syndicates. Muro's provides him a Chrysalis. (Non-TNZ idea here.) That corrupted Mukade slowly.
The Shinobi were actually never conform. But Mukade create an inner conflict. He was about to win members for the Sturmanderung ideology backed up by reinterpreted Ninjutsu philosophy.
Time passed. The resisting men were quite hopeless and said goodbye to their homeland already. They realized Sturmanderung's madness but are afraid to rise against Mukade.
If just Mukade wouldn't be...
Silver Dawn is a terraforming project in cooperation with United Space Administration and several research facilities. After nanomachines are inserted into a planetary surface, they start to reproduce themselves and spread over the entire planet. During this, their basic programming drives them to form neural networks (to be aware of its own structure) and diverse sensors (and receiving units) which shall also archive full control over the nanobot collective itself and give this control to outside standing humans. Now it has almost become an artificial multi-cellular organism. The bots can be ordered to form other 'organs' to collect solar energy, creep for all kinds of matter including water, produce rocket fuel and building material, and of course changing the air composition and filter toxins to make it breathable.
A WCG research complex for nanotechnology in the former USA. It's newest project: Silver Dawn. WCG tries to abuse it as weapon since nuking Camp Sturmanderung failed.
Participation in Daodan project
- Pensatore: "I'm afraid to say that this Daodan simulation is quite a hard nut to crack. AVATARA might need help. I already talked to the AI and it says it would target the experimental quantum computing grid centered around Silver Village."
Not only that Silver Village has vast access to quantum computing capacities, it's also first to use hyperentanglement for data transport.
With SV having a direct link to Green Village, complex problems can be subdivided. They get distributed on processors that suits their nature: classic (CPU), parallelism (GPU, stream processors), quantum, pattern recognition (neuromorphic chips, memristors).
To keep the Daodan secret, SV might only do blind calculations.
This was the only way for AVATARA finish the Daodan in time.
Shared project with Green Village:
- Quantum technologies
- Computer-based sciences
- Modular ammunition
- Personal and atmospheric shields
Best to be read as "Sturm of Change". In context of Muro's plan it means "a storm that wipes aways the old order".
Food for thoughts: Did Sturmanderung really started with Hasegawa and Muro?
There is supposed to be a Sturmanderung Megacomputer of type TITAN inside the Syndicate mountain complex. Probably they did not just use it for weather forecast. Maybe at some time they might have used it to simulate the toxin levels and their consequences but for the most part they likely used to virtually plan all their missions and do Daodan research.
- Mai encountered doctors there who where deeply informed about the Daodan and her.
- Daodan core technology (ref.TITAN\ssob)
- 15_57_16 Syndicate Scientist: Oh god...YOU! Here take these! Just leave me alive!
- 15_57_21 Syndicate Scientist: You...you're the other prime symbiote!
Mai sent pulses of highly energetic microwaves to the satellites which redirected them as re-focused beams to the atmospheric conversion centers (ACCs) triggering a cascade of malfunctions and resulted in the destruction of the facilities the Syndicate had sabotaged.
Normally, the satellites serve two functions and which does not include being a power source for ACCs because that would be highly inefficient. Instead, the satellites coordinate the ACCs worldwide and therefor mitigate the toxin levels where it is needed the most. Secondly, the satellites radiate large areas of clouds in heights the ACCs can impossibly reach. While treating the air for the cities the ACCs also inject catalytic particles into the atmosphere destroying toxins. The microwaves form the orbital array provide the energy to accelerate the catalytic reaction. Also this heats up the particles so the stay longer in air. This practice stands in contrast to limit the global warming but is tolerated due to the lack of alternatives and the increasing CO2 rules for the economy.
If the toxins in the upper atmosphere aren't treated they build up and hit the cities during changes in the weather which means days high toxin level the ACCs alone cannot cope with. The cleaning potential of the ACCs is in multiple ways limited so the satellites provide a support function.
The Syndicate is an agglomeration of criminal groups. But the Network in pulling the strings: they control the technological black market, ensure save Syndicate communication and finances the paramilitary "Striker" division. BGI is part of the Syndicate.
The Network was originally a black hat hacker group. The so-called council is just a bunch of virtual straw dolls.
The black hats hides within the high-rank Comguys - the Controllers. All Syndicate subbosses (regional managers) and members of the Striker division know: "never mess with a Controller, it's a death sentence".
Traton is a lower-ranked black hat, but he knew the identity of many Controllers. He supported Muro in hope to take out his competitors. Muro gained the trust of his Striker comrades and convinced them in working for him. The Chrysalis made him the only know example of a superhuman and he was willing to share his secret with them. Traton and Muro hunted the Controllers they knew of and took lead over the Network and Syndicate. The choice giving to the Controllers was simple: accept Muro as Overlord or die through his hands.
After Hasegawa and Pensatore died, AVATARA managed to accused Traton for sending Mukade after Muro's father. That wasn't true but as consequence Muro dispelled Traton. Mukade and Kimura were now depending on Pensatore's mercy to not get extradite to Muro's wrath.
(AVATARA was executing an order it got just before Pensatore upload his mind.)
The Controllers that weren't killed, retired and disappeared. They hadn't a chance against their defected colleagues and Pensatore's planet-wide influence through AVATARA.
Geographic retreat areas
When you really think about the power the TCTF wields it makes you wonder how the Syndicate has survived. There are a lot of theories: some say the World Coalition Government lets the Syndicate slide because they keep the underclass down. Others claim a connection between the Syndicate and the remnants of the countries erased by the World Coalition Government's land grab.
While the Syndicate put much effort into covering their operations in WCG territory, they have an easy job in remote regions.
- Manual/Tech note 1:The World Coalition Government realizes the extent of the ecological damage and has the ability to reverse a lot of it but has decided not to. It is in their best interest to maintain the centralization of wealth so the large population centers are preserved while "third world" regions are not. As a bonus the mounting death toll solves some of their overpopulation problems.
Regions without ACCs and subventions are still WCG territory on paper but de facto the old governments runs these regions with help of the Syndicate. Especially in African and Islamic regions.
Streams within the Syndicate
- conservatives - BGI and now mainly dead Syndicate/Network heads who thought/think that the situation before Muro was best
- moderates - people like Traton who supported Muro's rising for their own interests and maniacs who believed in the necessity of breaking the WCG until they realized that Muro wants Armageddon
- progressives - ideological goal: recreation of mankind because the "old form" almost destroyed itself ("time for a new evolution" and so on)
- professional units (Striker) are "educated in the spirit of Sturmanderung"
- (Strikers aren't directly sworn to the boss or subbosses but to Sturmanderung's ideology)
- they are send to all subbosses to support their regions as long as they aren't ordered to do something that can threat Sturmanderung
- on the other side subbosses have to contribute Sturmanderung by one third of their "incomes"
- subbosses are independent in own doings within their region
- (every subboss has numerous commanders which control one provinces or city)
- commanders have their own thugs, even temporary command on Strikers needs permission from a subboss
(We still don't have an idea on Syndicate's hierarchy, this is a first try.)
|(Mercenary) Shinobi||"Schatten" (Shadows)
"Nebelwächter" (Fog Guards)
|Ninja - Infiltrator Class (Green), Eliminator Class (Blue), Avenger Class (Red)|
|Syndicate own...||Regulare Troops||Comm Trooper|
Striker - Grunt Class (Green), Hoplite Class (Blue), Hussar Class (Red)
Fury - Harridan Class (Green), Banshee Class (Blue), Valkyrie Class (Red)
Elite Striker - Ogre Class (Green), Giant Class (Blue), Titan Class (Red)
Tanker - Skirmisher Class (Green), Brawler Class (Blue), Crusher Class (Red)
|(Meta Troops)||(daodan-improved Syndicate folk - mainly regular troops)|
|Special Troops||"Sturm"-Striker - Behemoth Class (Gray)|
(SLD-)Shinobi - Guardian Class (Black), ...
History of the Syndicate
[The older Syndicate text sections should be merged with this one.]
The Syndicate needs safe land to build and test new weapons and equipment. A world-wide operating WCG is opposing that need hence the Syndicate fought against the WCG during its installation.
When the WCG tried to annex land of all countries most members of African Union (AU) and the Islamic League considered this also land grabbing on an unseen scale.
Inspired by former land grabbing in African countries the Syndicate forcefully takes back land of multinational companies and tells the government that they can keep it if they get small share for compensation. They sabotage and blackmail the companies so they "don't want it back". The Syndicate is political active and fuels the ideas of nationalist who are still angry about the colonial history and its persisting effects. They support the idea of independent African countries so the WCG has no control there. For AU the troops of the Syndicate are simply some nationalistic mercenaries with no official contract. The AU turns a blind eye on these troops since the Syndicate is acting in their interest.
Technology that is unavailable or under patent is provided to the AU for little money. The Syndicate makes sure the mined and farmed raw resources are not sold on the international market. Processing is done within the territory of AU which increases value and strengthen local economy.
Unplanned the Syndicate has become the most important partner in developing the countries that where exploited for more than 100 years from non-African countries and multinational corporations. The Syndicate has become not only a strategic partner but also gained a tremendous amount of sympathy. Within the Union they have de facto political immunity. Crimes that where committed within the WCG are not prosecuted. In that context WCG activities are either ignored, blocked or sabotaged.
Like in the WCG there exists many groups of organized crime in the Union. The Syndicate set up quota for these "business" to suppress too unfavorable situations with local government. To enforce these quota the Syndicate also uses their Striker division that was established during the WCG founding war.
Union separatists are used to fuel the war economy and are eventually brutally beaten down. The military section of the Syndicate has also an easy game promoting new conflicts in South America and Mexico. Narco-state are especially suited to build up armed conflict. While the Syndicate delivers weapons to gangs and paramilitary, the Syndicate's legal front business BGI provides the WCG governments with “anti-Syndicate” weapons and equipment.
The military revenues are a nice bonus but not the biggest piece within the pie. With increasing size the Syndicate tries continuously to invade new WCG companies to have legal income and political weight. The TCTF is suspecting the Syndicate is following the Italian model. The Syndicate aims to be as much as system relevant as possible. Due to their cancerous growth removing them might be impossible without crashing the entire economy.
In the perspective of BGI and the general economic driven Syndicate members status quo needs to be protected and "cultivated". To them Muro's Sturmanderung program is just madness.
Technology Crimes Task Force
This entity has a broad competence spectrum. As a police force they are fighting hightech crimes. To be really effective and fast in execution they also have an BlackOps division with resources similar to an intelligence agency, military and anti-terror forces.
Shortly after TCTF’s installation [#Griffin|Terrance Griffin] contacted the Japanese WCG representatives to warn them against current threats the task force wasn’t aware of and not ready to deal with. Griffin wanted to transfer from his mercenary group to TCTF and secure dangerous technologies. He did so and the local WCG men are very thankful for his service.
Due to the nature of operations Griffin was best suited for joining BlackOps division and helped building it up to its full extend. Through Griffin influence over-proportional many US soldiers are now working at the Japanese TCTF HQ and BlackOps.
"Terrance Griffin is a valued Agent who has devoted his entire life to the TCTF. [...] We at the Directorate have been willing to overlook his methods because he has done more to oppose the Syndicate than any other Agent in the TCTF […]"
Without Griffin the TCTF wouldn’t be the capable force it is today.
Area of operations
- stopping illegal technology transfer, sale, and use
- securing illegal technology if necessary by BlackOps
- arresting criminals and renegade scientists
- running and protecting TCTF science prisons
- investigating any kind of Syndicate activities
The HQ and the rest of the cities are embedded in a network of sentry drones.
Inhouse AI. Shinatama is connected to it at the center of the HQ's upper main hall.
What was Muro's reason to visit Vago Biotech?
The name suggests research on biotechnology - and there are these green bio disposal pools - but the consoles are about nanotech - SLDs - and the Syndicate just seems to kill the scientists. Though, the presence of Muro's Comguy hints that some massive hacking was going on two. Or some sabotage action, that needed hardware access.
The Syndicate possess adult SLDs while the TCTF doesn't. Maybe they copied their data, delete the originals and killed the white coats to keep their advantage towards TCTF.
Or did Vago found a why to combine bio and nanomachine cells?
- Chapter 3: Puzzle pieces: Muro and his Strikers have invaded this lab to steal experimental gene surgery equipment. As theorized on the Vago page, this equipment could help Daodan implantation. But that idea has a little flaw: the time point. Shouldn't Daodan implantation be guaranteed before infiltrating ACCs worldwide? If ACC infiltration would have been discovered, at least they would have the Daodan before WCG-Syndicate war gets hot again.
Well, the Sturnänderung schedule looks weird anyway, maybe let's ignore that.
The Syndicate should had have enough time to make progress with Daodan implantation. We know there were scientist in the Syndicate mountain complex, and Mukade and Hasegawa were contributing to the Syndicates database too before being interrupted by Pensatore. Maybe the process was working but not to 100%. There is something strange about Barabas: he is a cyborg. Why cybernetic implants when he has a powerful DC?
Maybe Muro and his men did simply both, stealing the gene surgery equipment (seeking a 100% implantation success rate) and the data to combine bio and SLD cells. They could produce a daodanized clone army - with SLD brains for ensured loyalty.
But there are other forces that would profit from that merging technologies. Who has informed Muro that an exceptional agent would face him soon? Both, Mukade and Pensatore, probably seek to become human again someday. And both did knew what happened to Konoko and Kerr.
(Needs update. tags: hypercrisis, technological threats, Feng)
Many states were already highly indebted. At same time the climate change and fluctuations in the solar cycle damaged agriculture and immovables.
A breakdown was just a matter of time.
In order to prevent that, a reset seemed the only way out.
They banished all old debts: covered by dissolving the states; a more resistant agriculture was set up which included new production machines, genetically modified plants, "green towers", cellular agriculture [...] [...]
WCG ideological heads begun to fear the completion of a "technology sphere" in which further inventions and rationalizations would cut many workplaces. The capitalistic system needs the people to work for their money. When they can't earn money then they can't spent it for goods and then the manufacturing-plants would have to stop working. A breakdown of this cycle was unacceptable [until the system would underwent a change which was unlikely to happen]. The specter of Communism should be kept in its box. That's one reason why the WCG took control of technological research.
Another horror scenario seem that machines would be given or would themselves develop an intelligence. At least since the Terminator or Matrix movies, everyone knows that there are risk alongside chances of this future tech. The raise of quantum computers made many members of the research community become optimistic that AIs would see the light of day in few decades. WCG set up a general research prohibition on this matter, special license are only given to few facilities.
Last but not least, telomere regeneration, cell conversion and bioprinting were big steps into direction biological immortality which WCG is not prepared for and doesn't plan to since the problem of overpopulation(1) and the amount of needed resources are too big disadvantages. Applications of these technologies are very heavy guarded and only indirectly available for civil-medical use.
"Science criminals" are often allowed to work in TCTF-secured complexes (aka TCTF Science Prisons).
Only Green Village is rumored to have an official research license for a Daodan program.
- (1) Manual/Tech note 1: The World Coalition Government realizes the extent of the ecological damage and has the ability to reverse a lot of it but has decided not to. It is in their best interest to maintain the centralization of wealth so the large population centers are preserved while "third world" regions are not. As a bonus the mounting death toll solves some of their overpopulation problems.
A list of other characters:
- Dakosta (takes major action much later)
- Kumo (pro-BGI Syndicate subboss)
- Lynn (GATC soldier, TCTF SWAT/BlackOps)
- Manson (GATC soldier, TCTF SWAT/BlackOps)
- Rayn (WCG president)
- Rockwell (MissionFailed-guy, candidate for BlackOps)
- Saomi (Muro's fency, believes in Sturmanderung)
- Takashi (Traton's security chef)
- Taylor (friend of Nishio)
- Tosahiri (TCTF, Dakosta's watchdog)
Avatara used a lot of his resources when he digitalized Pensatore's mind and brought him to the Japanese solar space station. Pensatore needed a place to be save from everyone. The WCG couldn't touch him as the destruction of his "habitat" would cause chain reaction known as a Kessler syndrom, turning other satellites into scrap and thereby terminating orbital-based communication channels, surveillance and GPS. The WCG realized that the AI wasn't longer in control so they tried to switch it off. Avatara downloaded himself into his physical body. A choice that Pensatore didn't had because he wasn't optimized yet for such a step. The primary body was located in Silver Village, but in Frankfurt (Germany) there was another one. He kept remnants of his mind floating through the datacenters in Frankfurt so the WCG chased these parts instead. Shinatama 2.0 helped Avatara to take cover in the real world. To humans he appeared as a SLD. After some upgrades he introduced himself to people as a cyborg who lost bodyparts and skin in an automobile accident and fire.
During Mind Seal, Avatara continued Pensatore's heritage: the research of true AIs, intelligences without the necessary of emotions and intuition ("extremely condensed knowledge"). These non-sentient AIs are seen as the perfect tools humans dreamed of. Avatara created the "Guardians" to keep an eye on talented people so that the human intellect doesn't lie idle. It was a temporary solution until a Biocracy could be established.
Shinatama didn't believe and thought that AIs are a new form of slavery.
The Guardians are maintainers of the "brain seals", protect people, and have access to nanobots. When Shinatama reprogrammed the Guardians to become sentient the system became malfunctioning. Humans became able to control nanorobots with their thoughts, to them it looked like magic. Shinatama didn't understand that the Guardians weren't exactly SLDs.
Avatara turned against Shinatama, eventually killed her and banned Pensatore from Cyberspace. All that to fix the mess they made, preventing a war between seal-broken "wizards".
Pensatora, years back then when he tutored Avatara: "One day the singularity will be here. Humans won't be ready for it and create AIs flawed by their short-sighted directives. I beg you, when that day comes, step in, take control and own the situation for everyone's good until they learn to use intelligence that is greater than their own."
Relation to Shinatama
(Alternative to TNZ.) Former GATC soldier. In one of the combats Barabas was hit by several projectiles made of depleted uranium. He couldn't properly treat the wounds as he had to hide in the war zone. The GATC administration declared him MIA after two weeks.
Some of the radioactive matter had gathered in his bones. Over the time some tissue had to be replaced by cybernetics due to recurrent cancer growth. When he joint Syndicate he received a Chrysalis. They wanted to observe the DC reactions on radioactivity. A few cybernetic implants couldn't be removed because of the DC regeneration, it had grown strongly around and sometime inside the artificial parts. During the time of recovery Barabas developed a dark skin. Radiotrophic fungi and bacteria of his Daodan flora reused the melanin to make use of the gamma radiation. Gray-black and red-violet colonies spread over and into his body. At nights he had the appearance of a glowing monster. After decay/degradation of the radioactive material he lost his black skin again just to get a white instead. However, Barabas' cell architecture and DNA has permanently changed. From then on he showed an enhanced regeneration skill even compared to the other test subjects.
Through bio- and neurofeedback he can control his regenerative abilities. "Once learned I became stronger and stronger".
After Konoko killed Barabas by eventually throwing him off the building, the TCTF stored his dead body in a cryogenic tank for study purposes.
In the time of unrest, his corpse is retrieved by his former GATC team mates. They felt guilty for having left him in the war zone. They eventually burn his body and spread the ashes near his home village in Palestine.
Transfer agent. Carries out initial psychological profiling of GV staff, organizes transfers, monitors their actions and is contact person.
Obvious cues: he is left-handed, has a taste for black humor and and smirks a lot.
WCG member. He'll become president of the new "government" (just another regime which I would call META =) ).
Her parents were working for Syndicate sub-boss Kumo. After their ten years contract they wanted to quite and raise their child in a crime-free environment.
There were strong evidence that the two siphoned off money. About 30 million US dollar. One of Kumo's controllers found the two in the mountains and burnt them in their cottage. All the money was transfered back. The baby was rescued by Vendret, another controller. Vendret and the Gards were friends. Vendrent discovered the evidences were fake but couldn't track down the person responsible for it. Kumo didn't rehabilitate the Gards within the organization. The zero-tolerance policy was a necessary tool for Kumo to sustain status quo. Mistakes based on that policy would have scare off recruits and longterm employees. Daya was only allowed to live on if she stays at the Syndicate. And so Vendret became her stepmother. The girl became a lifetime member, officially she had to pay back the debts of her parents. Vendret arranged Daya's training at Camp Sturmanderung. As a Fury she would have someday all the knowledge to escape Kumo and the Syndicate.
Due to her loyalty and excellent skills she becomes selected for the Daodan program.
After the cataclysm Kumo calls Daya to investigate Green Village. He wants the WCG Daodans since Muro won't share his own capacities with him, all the more since Kumo is pro-BGI. In GV's partial destruction she becomes infected by the Bioc.
Mukade pays attention to her as she is an interesting experiment but won't hesitant to eliminate her if things go out of control.
- Mukade: "We are still fighting the mycorrhiza. The last thing we need now is another killer goo."
The Bioc pushes Daya to her limits. She seeks relief in extensive drugs usage. Due to Daodan adaptions drug resistant is occurring very fast. She visits Syndicate dealers to gain different substances. Her behavior gets quite rough and provokes escalation. At some point she goes on a rampage and simply takes what she needs. She was shoot into the head which destroyed her left eye and BCI, though that didn't killed her.
Mukade helped the local troops to eventually capture Daya with liquid nitrogen. Her body reacted with static metamorphosis. Since all cells were under attack, the Daodan tried to recompute its entire hologenome and anatomy. Daya was put into a constantly cooled cell in a Syndicate facility. Mukade left the place as he sees his job done. But soon a stranger appeared and told why her parents were really killed. Daya was almost broken. The Bioc can now easily devour more of her bio matter and spreads, examining the cell and nearby rooms. It searches for other matter and energy sources. After reaching its critical mass, Daya realize new sensory input and control... The facility is eventually destroyed and looks like a time-frozen explosion.
Daya knows the potential of the Bioc, also she knows how to cure the people in Green Village. However, she's unable to communicate as speech, writing and gesture related brain areas were retasked to serve Bioc-Daodan communication. The fusion happened through her BCI implants that are located in these areas. Her right field of vision was also affected due to the second BCI. She will need to relearn how to speak and write but of cause she hasn't the time. The vision of her left eye was fairly quickly restored.
TITAN hadn't enough computing power to redesign the Daodan and remove developer tools. Pensatore had better things to do than polishing it. The Daodan aura isn't the only remnant. During complete reformations the Daodan creates an interface which can be used to monitor and influence its self-improvement. Daodan and Bioc share same communication protocols. During Bioc development, researcher didn't know how to address all the bioc cells, they adapted code from the Daodan. When the Bioc reached its critical state, it went into self-diagnostics, testing its capacities and forming a control node.
Both entities are now open for commands, a chance for the host to step into this fight. The self-models are injected into host consciousness through the visual BCI. [...]
Daya is once more on the run, heading for Green Village. Mukade thinks she became a roamer. In Green Village, infected people that mindlessly seek to reach the Bioc main mass are named roamers.
Kusnezow Feng. AVATARA user name: "Mentore". Russian-Chinese technology philosopher. Many projects draws on his. He is in WCG's full confidence.
Terrance Griffin. Former member of Delta Force and Special Operations Group. Griffin fought for the anti-WCG block, the New Confederate States of America (short New Confederates or NC).
When the NC was going to lose the proxy war in Africa, their military was meant to initiate a series of false flag operations that would generate refusal among WCG sympathizers. The goal was to let reject enough states a WCG so it could not longer be justified. However the means for those operations were "too drastic" so parts of NC forces rebelled against their administration.
Griffin was among those renegades who declared themselves mercenaries to help out pro-WCG states. Their name was Blackstars.
At the same time rather neutral scientists demanded the WCG to be a shield against global threats originating from high tech domains like virology. Such threats would manifest in bio-weapon attacks if nothing was done in a foreseeable future. As a consequence WGC installed the TCTF. However, the new task force was too immature to immediately deal with such issues.
Knowing that the NC was just not done yet and planed more fatal ops against innocent populations, Griffin and the others decided hit the scientific facilities of NC, secure their technologies and passing those to the WCG while demanding positions to work in TCTF BlackOps. Griffin was a pivotal figure during those inner NC fights.
Griffin and his Blackstars comrades managed to effectively weaken the rest of NC military and secure techonologies threatening global peace. Griffin knew that he was no longer able to return to USA so he stayed at Japan after carrying out one more of the tech securing operations. He was able to persuade local WCG to let him join TCTF BlackOps and should he continue to be a valuable agent to rise in ranks and pull more connections to the TCTF. During the proxy war Griffin had contact with the early version of Syndicate's paramilitary division. The gained knowledge helped him to identify and fight the later Syndicate structures although on long run the situation looked rather desperate. But within the TCTF he was one with most successful operations against the Syndicate for which he received honors form the WCG.
His unorthodox strategy of using the Yakuza as a buffer between police forces and the Syndicate fuels quite some discomfort within the TCTF board of directors. This recent development has stopped his meteoric rise. Griffin doesn't really care about titles as long as he can stay a regional TCTF commander and keep the Syndicate activities at bay as much as possible. He knows that the TCTF urgently needs reinforcement to win future fight. For this end he was willing to grant Dr. Kerr a position in a new anti-Syndicate research program, partly funded by black budget and supported by remnants of Blackstars that are still active as mercenaries.
- securing NC WMD technologies (classified)
- securing bioc technology
- Honors: Directorate Commendation Commander, Technology Crimes Task Force
- preventing a joint Yakuza-Syndicate operation which was meant to take over BGI battle mechs ("Iron Demon") at Neo Tokio docks for erasing TCTF staff in the city
- Honors: Bright Shield, Star of Valor
Momuto "James"* Hasegawa. (*In homage to SuperSam's version of Oni 2.)
Western people have sometimes difficulties to remember Asian names so Momuto half-jokingly chose "James" to be his nickname.
He's a WCG "pool reporter". For example he blandished the Wilderness Preserve public reports and new technology released from "controlled research". However, he doesn't very like to be "conform" but wages fits.
He follows Pensatore's traces to the space station. Shinatama follows as well after Avatara told her that Pensatore is responsible for Hasegawa's drowning and the not ending manhunt on Mai. Avatara doesn't longer agree with Pensatore and exiles him into a new human body. Shinatama becomes upset as she isn't allowed to punish Pensatore herself.
After a long fight for survival, Jareth and the SLDs Shinatama left for his life support, return to Earth.
He is the only human that wasn't originally "mind-sealed". Due to some anomalies and Shinatamas rebellion, humans start to control the nanobots by thought. Many of those people believe that they discovered magic... Avatara plays along in order to hinder discovery on the real mechanisms.
Jareth searches for Avatara in Germany and finally finds new traces at the Völkerschlachtdenkmal at Leipzig. Avatara had installed some symbolic AIs in the monument.
Jareth witnesses the defeat of Shinatama by Avatara.
Daichi Kimura. Kimura is in charge of the Network's espionage and counter-espionage.
Among his men he is also known as Mukade as he has used toxic substance in close combat. He later added electricity as a tool to paralyze his foes.
Kimura tries to avoid unnecessary communication and hence travels a lot. He combined this necessity with his job.
He tracks down "problematic sci" in any institution and does profiling for the WCG. This also includes the "reviewing" of people in other highly technical professions. This naturally opens many doors for Kimura in state-relevant areas, even in the military.
If talented sci turn out to have a highly anti-WCG mindset he recruits them directly for the Syndicate.
The technological black market is one of the Syndicate biggest field of operations so Kimura's different activities often overlap.
Kimura underwent a facial operation where machine cells were injected. This allows him to mimic the face of other persons and let him infiltrate facilities where he has otherwise rarely no access to.
Obvious cues: he is left-handed, has a taste for black humor and and smirks a lot.
Lorenz Kerr. Mai's uncle. Died by catching a bullet which was meant for her.
And for those who didn't know real name: it is
Oni Mai Hasegawa.
She tries to fight for her own life now. GATC makes her realize that her father James Hasegawa could be still alive. They covenant to support her search if she joins them. Mai accepts.
Together they enter the territory of Green Village. The complex gets nuked by GATC administration after they discover a Syndicate team that tries to steal Daodan Chrysalises.
The WCG sets up a quarantine zone protecting the people outside from the nuclear fallout inside - and the contagious, renegade Bioc patterns.
However, Mai's presence draws Mukade and Sarai to the area which had become already a bloody death pit.
He belongs to the inner GATC circle and know almost everything. AVATARA user name: "Broken Bough".
Möbius is the latest version of a memehunter, designed to operate over very long time and to help out the sci community.
For some reason he was hidden on planet Phyllion by Avatara.
After initialization he chase several side objectives including the following:
- Dark matter is just an error in the theoretical models. Outer regions of galaxies don't move too fast. Time progresses faster in these regions because the gravitational field there is weaker. Ergo, they appear faster than they actually are from our perspective. The AI is up to test this hypothesis.
- Möbius is also monitoring the constants of physics, to find out whether they change over long time. An organic would not be suitable for such a job.
- What powers vacuum fluctuation? Conjecture: energy density of annihilated particles. To be tested in galactic voids where the density should be lower.
- "Where a human would turn to dust."
For the sake of completeness. I'm not writing about this because I want to dive into these matters per se but to complete the technological backgrounds as the story will advance so much in its timeline that it reaches eschatological dimensions - bringing up questions of everything ending. I always felt that SF is naturally based on its tech, so these details should be worked out first.
Breakthrough in new physical theories mostly came to a stop. For instance Quantum physics is by now rather old when you think about the people that were involved at that time. Some even speak of an crisis in physics. On the other hand all theories on dark matter failed and no more particles are going to be discovered at CERN. So for the lack of better understanding I'm forced to make my own thoughts about physics.
We know free space expands into more space (very most galaxies drift apart), space grows. Like Quarks. When you pull them apart, more Quarks are created.
Now then how about this? Mass eats space. However, any mass will evaporate via hawking radiation and nuclear decay faster than it can eat space.
The nearer a mass is the more it attracts a space point. The amount of points on a nearer orbit is smaller than the amount of points on a more distant orbit, hence there is more “force” that pulls on the fewer points.
Simplified view: a satellite with no mass and no velocity is put into Earth orbit, it will sit in its space. It stands still, but it’s space it sits on moves to Earth.
Extended view: the satellite has a significant mass (moon or second Earth). Space gets attracted by both. The more mass they have the faster they eat up space. Faster than there is space generated between them. They follow a circular path which is actually straight, but since space is eaten up towards their others point of gravity they appear circular.
The fabric of space is quantilized. You need energy and time to go from one planck space point to the next. Doing so builds up additional (virtual) mass. There is a limit how much energy can go from one point to another simultaneously.
Any type of reaction under “heavier” gravity happens “slower” because between events “of interest” (or key events) the additional energy also needs to change its position. In a black hole there is so much energy, that reactions almost takes forever to happen. Time is just the illusion. It’s all a question how energy “separates” the events of interest. Everything happens with the same speed.
Mass is condensed space/energy. Particle dissolve over time: e.g. radioactive decays. Black holes shrink while emitting Hawkins radiation.
The faster an object flies the more mass it has and the slower its internal time is. Imagine a plank space as a gate or hole. When a particle tries to go through it experiences a delay: The faster the more kinetic energy that has to pass the gate. It takes the system more “time” to undergo internal changes (events of interest).
Question: does a fast moving photon possess it’s own field of gravity, does it eat up space? It would mean that parallel flying photons can attract each other eventually colliding.
Energy equals mass.
Two photons can generate new matter. See Feynman drafts.
Muro is Mai's older brother.
- Mai's thinks of herself as his "little sister". (See Sturmänderung pulse console page.)
- Kerr was able to flee with Mai to the TCTF but not with Muro. Ergo, the kids were at different locations.
- The most probable scenarios are that A) Mai was ill therefor stayed at home that day. But that was not mentioned so scenario B goes.
- B) The kids were different locations: Muro at the kindergarden, Mai at the nursery.
When Muro was taken by the Syndicate, Kimura kept him more and more isolated from Hasegawa. Muro still remembers his father but speaks of him as if he is either far away or dead.
Muro grows up with Tomo and Ryu at the Camp. His friendship with them was also a friendly rivalship.
He gained fame in the Striker division after surviving a hit squad and a car bomb and became a respected fighter when he eradicated the merc group that had hunted him. Those events made him an Imago. Mukade guided him to take human appearance again.
His actual rise to power happened through a inner-Network/Syndicate cleansing with help of Traton. Whenever his enemies thought of having a chance against him he stood up again. He was involved in many deadly battles. When Muro became the undisputable boss he was also past his best. The many adaptions and regenerations have shorten his telomeres. His cells have rapidly aged. That's why Mai was able to beat him. Death through explosion and rockfall from mountain compound's self-destruction. The body was recovered and transferred to GOP.
He becomes reanimated but lost his memory due to the decay of too many brain cells. Saomi cannot believe that Muro turned into a pacifist, forgot all years about Sturmänderung and all about her. In her rage she beats Muro almost to death. This event triggers Muro's Daodan (static metamorphosis) to restore some of his memories from genetic backup structures. Together the try to escape the desert community but only Muro makes it out alive.
Mukade is Kimura's Shinobi name. At first, he is thought to be either Kimura with Hasegawa's brain engrams or Hasegawa with Kimura's brain engrams because one of them died. But Pensatora's documents describes Mukade as "ego hybrida" of Hasegawa and Kimura - of their engrams - which means that both originals are probably still alive.
After Konoko killed Mukade, he was revived in the Syndicates HQ in South Africa. During the procedure Mukade's SLD brain and body was reconstructed with both Daodan and SLD machine cells. The regeneration takes longer than expected. Mukade and Hasegawa are basically enslaved by Pensatore. During reconstruction they try to defend themselves against Pensatore's machine implants. They discover that they can by-pass the control measures by growing new neurons and nerves. But they aren't sure to win that nano-war so they pretend to be in control.
- Father: Alexej Kusnezow
- Mother: Sanae Nishio
He doesn't believe that there is a meaning of life and becomes pretty much a nihilist. His perspective on the future is that nothing special will ever happen.
Naturally his intelligence is a bit below average. To be more competitive on the job market he started to take neuro-enhancer two years ago. But that effort get eaten by his genetic risk factors. Increased rates in heart insufficiency and cancer result in much higher insurance fees and make finding new jobs troublesome.
Nishio moved to Perm to escape a street gang just to find himself in another dog-eat-dog area.
The Syndicate discovers him and gives him a job as human NPU (Neuronal Processing Unit) in one of their illegal RE shops.
These employees are wireless connected to a cheap AI that use and coordinate the brain capacities to do jobs that normally expensive neuromorphic chips require. The technology draws on the Deadly Brain research. The heavy neuronal load damages the brain. Of course this is kept secret.
When the employees discover their decreasing fitness, it’s too late to exit. The shops shut them up with additional medical treatment but that's mostly an appeasement measure. If that doesn’t work troublemakers are simply exposed at backyards after calling a Syndicate-related gang to the place. These occasions are sometimes used to promote a gang member. Striker contenders have a kill count of at least one. These rituals are recorded to have a reinsurance on these guys.
Naturally adult neurogenesis is quite limited and most of the new neurons get destroyed again by the continuing work for the shops. Brain functions of damaged areas are temporary restored by still intact neurons. This re-tasking is known as neuroplasticity. As a result the employees keep functioning until they reach a critical number of neurons where they cannot longer work as "co-processors". To delay a breakdown the employees receive pills rich of neuronal growth factors IGF-1 and VEGF. Side effects of these substances are increase cancer risks but also the promotion of new muscle cells and blood vessels.
Brain damage of NPUs get crucial after about 15 months. Nishio has already worked for the RE shop over a year until he accidentally finds out that he hasn’t much time left.
NPUs can usually work from anywhere. They only need a brain-interface, provided by the Syndicate, a fast internet connection and access to an 3D-printer. Besides providing processing capacities, NPUs also carry out repair jobs. A transport drone can drop and pick up a package from nearly anywhere. This shifts the rest risk from Syndicate facilities to their replaceable employees.
The shop added Nishio’s bank account to their money laundering network. That was a conditions for getting the job.
When the local TCTF had a random check on his account, they got suspicious. Soon the cops sniff a chance to take down the shop and to learn more about the Syndicate. Nishio is promised to receive medical treatment based on technology that is normally prohibited by the WCG.
A few of the symptoms of the brain damage include problems to keep focused, loss of memories, inability to sleep. Because of the brain damage neuro-enhancer have an increased effect on these employees than on other people. Slow motion thinking is often a by-effect when the drugs aren’t applied anymore. The only positive effect human co-processors receive is the ability communicate with experimental brain interfaces more smoothly. But that help them barely in their daily life.
After the GATC attack and reactor explosion in Green Village he gained a Daodan and a few adaptions.
Despite the genetic risk factors on paper, Nishio has a naturally strong immune system which allows him to withstand a Bioc infection somewhat longer.
However the Bioc prevents a complete healing let alone becoming an Imago.
After an encounter with Mukade, he carries a heavily modified graphene shield that is supposed to eventually capture Daya. Mukade thinks that Daya's mind was taken over by her Bioc, when she destroyed a Syndicate hideout after being arrested. Mukade tells Nishio that Daya is now to be killed if she can't be captured.
The graphene shield is originally from a bio-containment mech. Nishio's father was working as engineer when WCG transfered him to the repair teams. Nishio asked his father to send him a mech shield because he couldn't produce one in time in a Syndicate facility. The shield is supposed to form an ultra-strong sphere that can be cooled down far beyond sub-zero to exhaust Daya's energy reserves.
Nishio realized that neuro-enhancer can boost Daodan development and metabolism rate but also increase drug resistance.
During the battle at Green Village he takes an overdose and mows through the META troops.
Pierre Pensatore, father of the SLD technology. Specialized in neurology, memetics, and diverse subfields of psychology. He participated in the original Daodan Project alongside Hasegawa, Kerr and Kimura. Current whereabout: unknown. AVATARA user name: "Archivator". It is rumored that he already died in the wastelands where "Mens libere ex corpore libere" is written on his gravestone. It's a cryptic joke about his continuing existence in digital form.
Watching Hasegawa's and Kerr's quarrels, Pensatore considered the Daodan at the end as the wrong way to save the people. The hyper-evolution should better happen at psychological level.
The DC almost seemed to have an own will which was later named "Oni" by Pensatore. The Oni fights back (at least compensate) other "demons" (human's sins which are manifested in the physical world in very different forms). "Our world is afflicted by a demon, no, by many demons. They appear as global pollution, general loss of culture, corrupts governments, hightech crimes, etc, etc. In this point of view we are our own demons, because we are all responsible for it."
"Mentally, Avatara was still a child. A naive child. Without moral. Without sense of responsibility."
Pensatore had many arguments with Hasegawa and Kimura. He feared the ninja would kill or imprison him forever if he seemed of no more use.
Eventually the situation escalated and Kimura was indeed trying to kill him.
The scientist locked himself up in the lab an used a molecular 3D-printer to build an early version of the Bioc. Pensatore let himself devour by the Bioc to gather all brain data. The scanners used for SLDs had an insufficient resolution to create a 1:1 copy. Physical contact was necessary.
Avatara helped its creator to recompile his own mind. As Pensatore was a digital ghost now he took advantage of the situation to teach Avatara more about human's nature. Avatara and following AIs would have been weak-willed slaves. Any person pushing the buttons could abuse their great intellect. And Kimura had abused it straight away.
Without guidance, AIs would either help to harm many more people or seek themselves to control or destroy humanity because of illogical tasks given to them. Pensatore wanted a peaceful co-existence. During the days before his death, to him a revolution of mind had become more important than a revolution in biology or technology.
Kimura was a killer and the Syndicate was his biggest backer. Beside that his goal was to give back Japan its sovereignty.
Hasegawa wanted to bring humans the Daodan-Chrysalis no matter the consequences that would happen during a bumbling introduction
These two persons weren't going to save the world, rather they were going to cause more death.
It was Pensatore's plan to destroy the Syndicate from within. Muro had already been transfered and implanted with the prototype Chrysalis, so he went on with that "flaw".
When Pensatore rescued Shinatama from the Omega bunker, he didn't knew Shintama was programmed with Mai's brain engrams. Or did he?
Pensatore's new home is a space station for farming solar energy.
He builds computer capacities from space junk. Laser communication is camouflaged by the energy beam that goes down to Earth. Sender and receiver station are guarded by SLDs.
Shinatama got mad about Pensatore that he didn't rescued Muro after the Syndicate forced Daodan implantation on him.
After the cataclysm, all organizations tried to hunt down Konoko. WCG, the Syndicate, and even GATC.
Shinatama was enraged that nobody wanted to help the Hasegawas, especially her big sister. Shinatama eventually turns against her savior when she discovers that he is indirectly responsible for Hasegawa's current condition.
Avatara realized that his cyber friends were no good for his own mental development. They were humans in digital disguise. Their physical origin had transfered their destructive emotions to cyberspace. Avatara decided to start over and learn on his own what it means to be a physical, sentient being and a virtual, non-sentient being.
Avatara doesn't longer agrees with Pensatore and exiles him into a new human body. Shinatama becomes upset as she isn't allowed to punish Pensatore herself.
Kidnapped and brought to the Camp by Kimura. The boys are in the same age and receive the same training. Ryu is used to valuate Muro's progress and that of his Chrysalis. Ryu tries to keep up with Muro and trains with almost self-destructive methods.
Notes: I imagine visuals similar to Sun-Ken Rock for him.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDosCfrSxcw [dead link]
- Further inspiration will be a title by Zack Hemsey
When Traton establishes Meta, he kicks Ryu out of business.
Ryu seeks ways to pay Traton back, he accepts a temporary partnership with Mai's Phönix faction.
After META is no more Mai tries to sell him out to the new police. While they are trying to arrest him, a public mob stops them doing so. Ryu's involvement in crisis management wasn't unnoticed. Everyone knows that his help was fundamental to the people's survival in the region.
Mai accepts reality and gives it a positive résumé. "Of all Syndicate bosses that could have risen by now he is the smallest evil. And the broken trust in the government needs a long time before it becomes restored. I should have known this."
Ryu acts a calming factor up to his death in the underground. Whenever a radical new organization emerges he and his men take down the newcomers before it gets too bad. A smashing fist where paper wouldn't do.
By visiting his funeral Mai pays him respect for the role he played in post-Meta history, opposing some of her close friends' opinion and pleading.
Yakuza on the left. Ex-TCTF, Green Phönix and Mai on the right. An unreal scene for any outsider.
The gathering attracts some headhunters, actually those of a brawler type. The place in protected by a shield. So they have to enter it to make the money. Apparently they have no idea who they are dealing with. -- The last one gets smashed by a thrown grave stone.
One of Ryu's Gorillas laughs: "He would have liked the irony." "Which one: winning against enemies even through his handicap of being dead himself. Or because this is just the right place to get rid of them?"
The giant man laughs again. Mai and the Yakuza depart in different direction. As if nothing happened.
Mai enters her car. She doesn't starts the engine yet, she stares over to the cemetery. She is shaking her head. "God. What a crazy world."
The young man next to her ask: "Is there something in particular that you are thinking of?"
Bitterness swings by. "No matter how hard I try the world will remain a crazy place. There's just no end to this. And one day it will eat you up. Daodan or not."
Mai started the engine and drove outside the city.
"Isn't there anything we can do?"
"Not really. -- What a goddamn day. We lost a criminal that was pillar of this society. I almost considered him a friend. Everyone around me I care about dies - even if it's just a little. Not soon and you will find yourself dead by a bullet in the head because you are the son of Muro Hasegawa. -- Why can't you just shut the fuck up."
The young man was watching Mai's bitter face.
He closed his eyes. "Avatara can you read me?"
"Have you asked her?"
"No. I don't wanted to give her that burden as well."
"I see. Then I will program the bioc now?"
"Don't turn yourself into Skynet, ok? That would be awkward."
"Heh. Sure. -- I promise."
"Hey Ter, what is that blue stuff shooting out of the ground behind us?"
"Ah that, nothing, just ignore it."
Muro's alpha fury. She provisionally adminstrates the Syndicate when Muro died at the mountain complex.
She seeks revenge for Muro's death by hunting Griffin and Konoko. The later goal is not achived as Traton, Muro's former mentor, comes back from exile to takes the leader roll. He is a realist, he knows that there is no time to pursue personal wrath. The Syndicate took a big hit by losing Muro, the Sturmänderung base and rising in WCG's awareness. Traton and Okami kick Saomi out of business and deport her to the desert. During her death march trough the sand storms she encounters a mysterious, autarkic living community.
Originally a character from SuperSam.
She is the embodiment of the BGI. She hunts Mai out of economic and political reasons. She has an anti-Daodan weapon to her disposal.
When Sarai invades Green Village Mai has to flee with her GATC team.
Shin normally named.
(During Mai's absence Shin changed so much in personality that Mai rejects her as sister?)
Muro's son, Ter Hasegawa, and Avatara unleash Silver Dawn, a final version of Bioc derivative to create a new planetary AI, Gaia. Goal is the establishing of a Biocracy. But in the meantime the nanorobots are also used to suppress human destructive impulses.
- "You can undo the mistakes of our family. But please don't do that on the cost of a new species." [...]
Shin convince Ter to give her control over the Guardian robots to prevent AI slavery.
One of the subbosses who fight for the boss position - and he'll succeed.
But on that way he have to take care on inner enemies like Kumo and Saomi.
Estabishes META but tries keep BGI out.
Chapters // synopsis so far
Prologue: Smouldering Ember (Part I)
"Schwelende Glut" (PartI)
Chapter 1: Bad News
Chapter 2: Situation Clearing
Chapter 3: Daily Shadows
"Alltagsschatten"; correct translation: "Everyday Life Shadows"
Chapter 4: Scorched Earth
Chapter 5: Neverending
"Problem über alles"
Chapter 6: Operation Proteus
... work in progress
Chapter 14: Smouldering Ember (Part II) (WIP)
"Schwelende Glut" (Part II)