Unbeknown to all that were left, in the shadows of the genetic strife, another type of entity had emerged from earth bedlam. What had started as simple instructions to collect and reuse, had now evolved towards a behavioral footprint eager to learn by discovering its surroundings. And where it would discover, it would see flaw and countless opportunities to improve and serve the purpose any entity has, survival.
It had been impervious to the bioweapon that had nearly driven mankind to extinction, although its effects had left their mark upon this youngest species in the known universe. It could not get ill, but the Alacrity had drastically changed the world and had rendered its initial instructions to transform waste into new resources useless.
Shrouded in the grey mist emitted by the core forges burning deep within, the Salvaging Plants once created to turn waste into the Crux materials of civilization started to move. Only one event had stirred the consciousness of the Alpha Engine, and since then, it had adapted to its rapidly changing surroundings. Now, the seeker signal had been sent to installations all over Terra.