29. The Eris Scrolls: Renaissance - Survival Machines

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29. The Eris Scrolls: Renaissance - Survival Machines

Post by Roy-Batty » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:48 pm

Preparations are now in progress to adjust the Astral Maiden to its new objectives. The captain has now returned to the ship and our most valuable assets are being transferred to moon base Exodus, and backups are made of our databanks. For now, I have decided to withhold my newly created account of human history. I am doubtful about its accuracy viewing these recent developments. I have spent many years among an immeasurable amount of information about human behavior and history, yet I could not imagine our homecoming to be this conflictive. Have I not properly analyzed mans psyche? Or has the war and its unprecedented consequences changed the hart of man in a way I could not foresee?
Another aspect I must note is my growing doubt in captain Esperon and the crew. If my perception of mankind has been so misled, how can I trust yet another human being to decide the best course of action in these dire circumstances? The goal always to preserve the legacy of man, and impair knowledge long lost. Perhaps I, Eris, am the most suitable entity to pursue this task.

Eighth Annex, the year 3751 to 3800 AD. Communal Renaissance. Riggers and Biomass.

The Massacre of New Quebec signaled a new era for the people of the Northern Americas, and perhaps the entire world. Large-scale conflict had returned to man, only a few decades after recuperating sustainability of human survival. For yet unknown reasons, a rogue group of individuals had opted to wage war against New Anchorage. Its inhabitants had to learn to wield weapons once more against another human being. Attacks would usually ensue from the coastline, seemingly without reasoning or purpose, viciously and without mercy, only to disappear without any traces save the dead they left behind.
This new upsurge of malice changed the frail society within the safe zone. Each settlement formed its own domestic guard, guerilla style armed forces formerly only used to protect and uphold local decree. The ranks of Ohran attempted to train local militia, without risking the loss of ultimate control in the zone itself. Patrols now roamed the land, especially at night. Scavenger missions now had to be minimized to be able to escort them with armed forces, as manpower and equipment remained scarce. In Ohran, the council found the search for the last Great Corporation was greatly hindered as covert missions were now much more difficult to justify without raising questions. But for now, the people of New Anchorage were too frightened to question their leaders. Once again mankind needed to straighten its spine and resist the horror of conflict.
It was frightening enough to fight the mindless marauders, coming out of nowhere with a hunger for death and absolute disregard for human life, even their own. But the real fear, the kind of desperation that initiates with the realization of the possibility of facing an enemy that perhaps cannot be defeated, didn’t come until the first commander was caught. It took the settlers a long time to separate the commanders, or Overseers, as they would become known, from the average assailant. It had been seen that the younger Riggers did not wear any explosives around their necks, but the settlers fallaciously suspected their enemy of some form of compassion. It wasn’t until much later the homesteaders realized it were these adolescents who fitted the explosives to their “Mongrels”.

The X’Lanthos had made their own progress, realizing that there were simply not enough forces left on earth to stand a chance in direct battle. It was clear the solution to the human dilemma had to be found in the foundation, or rather, the roots.
It didn’t take long for the first X’Lanthos scouts to find the first crashed vessel. They were drawn to the fallen giant as if driven by instinct, although no man left alive fully understands the alien bond in full. These vessels were warships with little similarities with the ruins found throughout the colonies, although every X’Lanthos vessel had some analogy with every other craft throughout the ranks. Most remarkable was the coherency of the structure of each ship, no matter what size or purpose. They mainly consisted of an organic substance, rather than a metal or alloy, highly flexible in its application. Not unlike metal or other fabricated substances to man, the X’Lanthos could manipulate the material from extremely tough and durable, to exceptionally flexible and delicate. Unlike man-made materials however, this seemingly wide range of components originated from a single source, Biomass.
Even before man’s violent First Contact with the aliens, the Biomass had always been a mystery, and in many ways it still is. Early investigation of the first X’Lanthos ruins found on Canopus V found that a mass of raw matter was to be found present in each structure, hooked into all systems and substructures, much like a human heart reaches all parts of the survival machine it resides in. At first only identified as a pool of grey goo housed inside massive containers, man could not identify the importance the already dead substance had, since the Bioformer Ruins had stopped working many centuries ago. Some scientist had developed theories about alien fuel or even crew nutrition, but even after the first intact X’Lanthos vessel had been captured it took years for man’s brightest minds to make all the right connections. This was mostly because Biomass influences everything around itself. It forms bonds with all material, even the air around it. This also makes it almost impossible to research, as any equipment will be altered upon contact, and even researchers at safe distance would slowly be manipulated by it’s mere presence. Only the X’Lanthos had learned through the ages how to isolate the substance, activating and even eliminating the Biomass whenever they saw fit. To them, it was not just a material. The Biomass formed a part of X’Lanthos culture. It was said even the X’Lanthos themselves were drawn from this material and their dead returned to Biomass Tombs.
The invaders vessels also formed a curious bond with this living material. Every aspect of every ship was constantly renewed, with unwanted parts simply corroding into oblivion and shining new component growing into their final shapes, ready for use. As mankind learned, most ships shifted shape and purpose if only the mission was long enough or the diversity of the quest required so.
Now, things had changed. The only alien ships left on earth had crashed, not leaving the crew nor the ship itself enough time to incapacitate the Biomass. And as time passed, the alien fundaments started to establish connections with it’s new surroundings in a wild, uncontrolled way, in order not only to survive, but to flourish.
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Re: 29. The Eris Scrolls: Renaissance - Survival Machines

Post by Roy-Batty » Sun Feb 12, 2012 3:50 pm

This one took me a lot longer than I would have liked. Busy private life, but that's fun too! Now back to the scrolls. This one incorporates some great ideas from Trooogdooor about the X'Lanthos, mixed with my own way of seeing things.
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Re: 29. The Eris Scrolls: Renaissance - Survival Machines

Post by AirborneHam » Sun Feb 12, 2012 9:35 pm

Great addition! It's good to read more of your work. I enjoy every new entry in the Eris scrolls, even if I would think things to happen differently, you are a very talented writer and sometimes sway my opinion on certain topics.

I really do like trooogdooor's idea with the bioformers and creation and manipulation. It is very intriguing.

I myself have been (slowly) working on a piece concerning this theory. But, alas, I only have so much time and school comes first, so I will have it done when it is done.
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Re: 29. The Eris Scrolls: Renaissance - Survival Machines

Post by trooogdooor » Mon Feb 13, 2012 1:01 am

It's pretty awesome to see the bio scifi incorporated into the Eris Scrolls, I've been fanboying ES since the beginning. You're better at writing compelling humans than I, I'm very curious to find out what the riggers are all about.

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Re: 29. The Eris Scrolls: Renaissance - Survival Machines

Post by Roy-Batty » Wed Feb 15, 2012 2:58 am

@Airborneham: Thanks a lot. Between family, work, studies and other
stories I know what you mean about finding time… I have to say it
would also motivate a lot more if this part of the DP forum would be a
bit more active. I think that would put Eris a little higher on my
priority list! Also, I’m struggling with the urge to rewrite the
previous chapters. Now that I’m getting closer to the start of the
game, I really get the feeling I could do a lot better, and I want to
incorporate new things and concepts, and change others. Eris right now
is really concept art more than anything else, and I’m getting the
feeling I could go from “scetch” to “ink”. And please add more stories
whenever you can, I’m looking forward to read more.

@Trooogdooor: The Biomass Theory is excellent. I always try to keep
these entries around a 1000 words, to keep things “Bite Size”, but
this stuff really needs a lot more. Right now I’m trying to explain
what is happening on all fronts according to the timeline. Maybe I’ll
go back a bit and explain the last 500 years or so from each faction
viewpoint. Either that, or I’ll finish the timeline to the start of
the game first… choices, choices.
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