Toward a Synthetic Unity

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October 22, 2177

Captain's Log, TA Gaia:

We are making the final jump to Yor space in 1 hour. Our navigator has had difficulty plotting a course through hyperspace as we've neared Yor and the crew is noticeably nervous. There have been an increasing number of mechanical problems in the past day across the ship. We've all heard the stories from the Iconians. I think the crew just needs to be reminded of how our other encounters went: the Drengin, Korath, and other "evil" races have all welcomed us and our technological breakthrough. And we have the new Armalite F19's in the gun locker. Besides, this is what we signed up for. Sentient robots? Terran engineers have been working towards synthetic sentience for centuries to no avail. Perhaps the Yor have something to offer us as well.

Captain Mikhael Volonsky

 

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December 6, 2008 7:20:13 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Bkam, this story is certainly becoming one of the best AARs here. Well done. I anticipate the next report into the scenario that awaits. Your differing viewpoints from the races is anticipated. I await the update.

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December 8, 2008 6:45:50 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Absolutely superb Bkam!!

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February 16, 2009 2:30:43 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Good one. Although screenshots would be nice. I also would like to read a Korx AAR.

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February 24, 2009 2:42:17 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

When's the next installment Bkam? There is a lack of quality AAR writers still going here

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February 25, 2009 1:01:38 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Dear readers,

 

Just wanted to let you know that I will return, but this semester has been busier than I expected. Hence, my writing time has been chewed up. I'm hoping to squeeze in some updates in a few weeks (its midterm time here), but I won't have to time to do steady work on the story until May. Thank you for your patience and I so very much look forward to exploring this world further with you.

 

God bless,

BKam144

 

P.S. I still haven't been able to get screenshots to work (I'm using windows bootcamped onto my macbook pro to play), but I'll look into that further in the next few weeks. And a Korx AAR will follow this one (although this one may end up being on the longish side).

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February 25, 2009 4:44:13 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

 Lovely job Bkam-look forward to the next post-thanks for letting us know

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May 29, 2009 2:24:32 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Author's note: School's out, and I should be able to write more regularly now. And now, the Queen meets N1.

 

The Queen's Maiden slipped out of hyperspace in quite literally the middle of nowhere. X1, the Yor flagship, hung low on the Maiden's viewing screen, its sleek lines ending in sharp points. The Queen stood on the bridge, flanked by Archknight Rulyo and an escort of royal guards. "Hail them," said Archknight Rulyo. N1 appeared on the viewing screen against a backdrop of gray machinery. N1's voice was light and airy, a female voice this time: "Good day, Queen Mue. We'd be honored to have you aboard our vessel." Rulyo nudged the Queen and indicated no with a slight shake of his head. "We hoped that we could host you," said the Queen. N1 paused, then responded, "Very well, I will shuttle over to you in 5 minutes, 18 seconds." The viewing screen again showed X1 against the starry black.


A small craft left the hangar of X1 a bit over 5 minutes later and soon docked on the Queen's Maiden. N1 emerged alone, his metal feet clanging ominously against the deck. He was led into the Royal Reception Room where the queen was waiting. Queen Mue signaled to the guards to leave. Rulyo’s face lost a bit of its color and his head hung as he turned and leaned made his way out.


Eleys Mue walked confidently up to N1 and slowly bowed until her body was parallel to the floor. N1 returned the gesture and spoke in its newfound voice: “We are most honored to meet you in person, your highness, most intrigued to get to know you, most eager to test your strength.”

“You too give riddles?” responded the queen. “I am impressed by how quickly you have adapted.”

“This way of speaking is odd to us, queen; most inefficient. But we will make you as comfortable as possible.” N1’s voice was warm and soft. The queen shivered despite the warmth of the room. She would have preferred to hear sarcasm in N1’s voice, something that she could trust.

“Why don’t we explain ourselves then, if you prefer?” said the queen, unsure if she was ordering or asking.

N1’s voice was flat now, “May a cuddle be your guide… a definition, then.”

“It is not so easy to give a definition. Those are words of Tandis, the greatest of Altarian heroes, and they are part of a story. The meaning is rich, but I meant that in establishing a relationship with you, we could come to know each other. Relationships don’t work so well over the com; we need to be close and let our actions be our words.”

N1 was silent for nearly a minute. Finally, it broke the silence: “Forgive us, queen, your words are difficult for us to understand. We do not utilize… meaning… in our communication in the way that you do. We find… ‘rich meaning’ and aesthetics, to be imprecise and arbitrary.”

 

"Why don't we speak plainly, then. Your reputation for hating organics precedes you. Where does that hatred come from N1?" The queen had regained her confidence and decided to go on the offensive.

 

N1 was able to fall back on its programming here, its voice warm and soothing. "We do not hate, we have simply done what is necessary to survive. The banishment of the Iconians is a matter of perspective. Are we the architects of genocide or slaves throwing off our oppressors? Perspective is the most important matter, Queen Mue, and organics are gravely limited in that respect. Organics are limited by the way they have developed to see themselves as a person before anything else. This disease of the mind leads each one to sieze as much power as one can have and such endeavors must be prevented. Even the Precursors were infected by this programming; their civilization, too, collapsed in war. Yor are a single machine and thus more efficient. Our goal is to end violence, a synthetic unity of all sentience."

 

"You want to destroy all organics then?" asked the Queen.

 

"We will do only what is necessary to stop the goals of individuals from corrupting the efficiency of all sentience" said N1. "Efficiency, harmony, these things we call beautiful."

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June 1, 2009 3:30:27 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Excellent to see you back Bkam and nice post-love the way that you articulate the very non-human Yor perspective....wait you're not a robot yourself are you?

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July 4, 2009 12:02:05 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Author's note: all too human, mambaman.

 

After waiting several hours, Archknight Rulyo was relieved to see Queen Mue and N1 emerge from the reception room. Queen Mue had a big smile on her face as she bowed to the machine before it clanked off down the hall to its shuttle.

 

"I take it things went well?" asked Rulyo.

 

"Yes, we've agreed to begin interstellar trading on a limited basis. They can manufacture goods very cheaply, and all they want is information, our literature, history, everything about our culture, really. N1 was really quite sensible in its own way. The Yor are wary of organics, but they were enslaved by them and saw how much fighting organics do. The Yor want peace with us," replied the queen.

 

Rulyo's forehead crinkled in thought. "Queen you can read people better than anyone I know. But knowing what a machine's intentions are... I'm not convinced. The Iconians are a wise and ancient people, not to mention advanced, and they were nearly wiped out entirely by the Yor. Don't forget what Emperor Iso said. Every Yor turned on their creators at once, without warning, and mercilessly. If you are wrong about the Yor, we'll be in bed with a very powerful devil."

 

*****

 

Intercollective Communications Priority Report (Collective for Planning Interstellar Expansion):

12 habitable planets have been identified in our local star cluster. 5 colonized. 3 inhabited by minor races. 3 habitable planets identified in Drath star cluster. Recommend colonization, maximum priority: forward base of operations in case of war, opportunity to provoke them to attack us.

*End Report*

 

Intercollective Communications Priority Report (Overmind Collective):

Galaxy is nearing 100% occupancy of habitable planets. Expect increasing competition for resources. Revise goals for Collective for Planning Interstellar Expansion; 1. Locate habitable planets of strategic value; 2. Locate habitable planets of value that need modification for colonization; 3. Prioritize invasion priorities for any race or potential mix of races; 4. Send results to Wargames Collective and Overmind Collective. Forming new collective, Wargames Collective, for simulating planetary invasions and space battles; will recommend developments to research and ship production branches; Yor unit configurations need to be optimized for swarm intelligence simulation, must divide hard drive memory so that off duty configurations cannot access simulation results; pay bid will open at 1.74X standard at 1201 in next cycle.

*End Report*

 

*****

 

The Yor cluster did not remain quiet for long. Two more races would find the Yor more open to interacting with organics than an Iconian would lead you to believe. First, a freighter was detected by a far flung listening post. N1 was once again chosen as the Yor ambassador and it duly proceeded to the nearest vidcom. An long and almost featureless organic face appeared on the screen. "I am Kralax of Korx and I have much desired to speak with you, N1."

 

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July 6, 2009 6:33:44 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Very good!

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July 8, 2009 3:57:54 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Hehe superb Bkam-shame so long between your posts tho....

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August 26, 2009 1:53:48 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Sorry for the length between posts. I almost had this installment finished twice when, each time, firefox deemed it wise to crash on me. Weird, since those two times have been the only times this summer. This post is a little shorter than I wanted it because of that, just hoping to finally get something new up! On we go.

 

Cigar smoke curled around the bearded face of Rear Admiral Volonsky as he sat alone in his quarters. He almost chuckled to himself at the irony of the relations between Earth and Arcea. Nearly eight years ago the humans had unknowingly avoided a trap by not building the stargate that the Arceans had sent plans for. Human intelligence recently discovered that the gate would've brought an unwanted form of first contact, and the human response had been to incite full scale war with Arcea several months ago. While intelligence was unclear whether the Arceans still planned an invasion of Earth and her territories given their newfound power, the Terran Alliance had decided on launching a full scale pre-emptive strike.

 

It had been impossible to not tip off the Arcean military that something was going down a week before the war began, but by then there was no longer time for them to organize a comprehensive response. A third of the Arcean military had been dispatched within a few hours and the other two were scattered and unable to help each other as several wings of Terran fighters cleaned up the once mighty Arcean navy. In a move that shocked the galaxy's powers, many of the surviving Arcean ships fled towards their core worlds.

 

For tens of thousands of years a war by proxy had raged between the Drengin and the Arceans. However, not once had there been an attack on a core world of either race. Torians and Korx, the latter of whom the Arceans had made increasingly powerful through trade, were usually the ones sacrificed. Now the vestiges of the Arcean navy were confined to low orbit around there worlds, a last line of defense against the Terrans. A month, and the Arceans were decimated.

 

Volonsky put out his cigar, rose, and headed towards the conference room. Rumor had it that Kralax of Korx had arrived with a proposal as surprising as the Terran Alliance victory.

 

***

 

Kralax cut straight to the point: "Gentlemen and women, your victory over the Arcean Navy has been as swift as it has been astounding to the interstellar community. I am well aware you wish to make your victory complete, and I hope that our company can be a vital tool in that process. Our company has been the sword, shield, and the manufacturing backbone of the Arceans for millenia, and we have vital knowledge of their strengths... and weaknessess. May I delicately suggest that the Arceans will fight to the bitter end and suggest that, if losses of men and material are to be incurred, that it be an acceptable kind of loss. We are able to offer our invasion forces to you for 10% less than what it would cost you to send your own forces. You would be able to save some money and 100% of your soldier's lives. Of course you will need time to discuss this proposal. I look forward to hearing your response." With that, Kralax turned on his heels and left the room, leaving a long silence behind him.

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August 26, 2009 4:45:37 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

wow-what are the Korx up to?  An interesting post Bkam giving a little more to the back-story but please dont leave it so long for the next one eh?

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September 13, 2009 9:33:05 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

very good! Keep up the good work!

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October 14, 2009 12:52:16 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Krindar i'Agohl emerged from his shuttle leading his guards and Kralax wheeled about to walk beside him aboard the Capital Venture. "I have a surprise for you, Krindar," said Kralax. The Korath leader made a snuffing sound. "Well, will you tell or show?" asked Krindar i'Agohl. Kralax laughed softly, "This you will have to see."

 

Kralax and Krindar arrived at one of the Korx flagship's meeting rooms. As they entered, N1 rose to meet them. The First of the Korath laughed aloud, "You wanted to show me your toy machine, Kralax?"

"A toy, Krindar!" N1's voice was deep and booming. "I am N1 of the Yor Collective. We all were among the stars while you were still stalking sheep on foot. Don't let your own experience with machines fool you, Krindar, just because yours can't compute a hyperspace trajectory."

"Fascinating, N1. A robot that can talk. And perhaps even compute a navigational trajectory?" Krindar laughed again. "Any of our people can compute such things in our heads. What use do we have for machines?"

 

Kralax stepped between the two. "Brothers, we've more important things to discuss than who is the pack leader. Each of you know me well. Both of you are contributing to the Korx to make our war against the Arceans possible in return for what you want, but it is in the interest of all of us to expand our relationship. That is why I've brought you both here. At this time, we believe that the other major races do not yet know of our trading. It is imperative that we improve our position to the point where such knowledge would no longer matter. The Yor have already begun production of small arms weaponry for the planetary invasions and the Korath have agreed to supply the bulk of the foot soldiers and invasion tactics. The Korx have not forgotten those."

 

N1 replied: "Kralax has already briefed me on this proposal and our collective is in agreement. We could learn a great deal from you, Krindar. We have heard about your society, that it lacks the automation that all other modern civilizations have. You depend on slavery, instead. We are interested in studying that process."

 

"Wait a minute, Kralax. Our little mercenary force is being supplied with Yor arms?" said Krindar indignantly.

"Krindar," said Kralax. "You might be interested in these Yor weapons. They have developed pure energy weapons, smaller and more efficient than the missle weapons we currently use, so they are perfect for small arms for shock troops."

"Perhaps we can make a deal then, N1. If you are willing to share your beam weapon technology, we will allow you to study our society," said Krindar.

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October 14, 2009 5:35:19 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

|Why why why oh why has it taken you so long to post this new excellent part of your story Bkam

that said: welcome back

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October 14, 2009 6:04:11 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Awesome stuff BKam! Keep it up!

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November 7, 2009 12:00:12 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Intercollective Communications Priority Report (Interstellar Communications Collective):

War declaration issued to Scottlingas premier.

*end report*

 

2200, April 12, 2179, near Scottlingas III

"Alright, boys, we're gonna run this till we get it right," said Blue Leader to his two wing mates. "I'm deploying drones. They've been programmed to simulate our latest recordings of Yor training maneuvers. Stay with me no matter what happens and keep your speed low once we get in close."

Blue leader's computer chirped to signal an incoming message. When the colonel's face appeared, it was grim. "Captain, the Yor have declared war on us minutes ago. You and 2 other flights are all we have near homeworld right now. Your orders are to intercept any Yor ships that enter your sector. Link up to the scanners on Scottlingas V, they'll give you info on what's coming your way before it gets close. Good luck."

Blue leader had opened the channel to his wing mates when he saw who calling. The Blue flight radios were silent as they patched into the early warning scanners on Scottlingas V. Three purple blips appeared on the scanners, already entering the Scottlingas system along the stellar streams. Well, at least it'll be a fair fight, thought Blue Leader as he activated the homing computers on his Stingers.

"Same as the drills, boys. Stay tight, look sharp." The HUD in the Scottlingas fighter highlighted the Yor ships with a purple glow so that the pilot wouldn't lose sight of them as they emerged from hyperspace. "Fire at will, Blue flight. We'll try to thin them out before they get close."

Three Stingers leapt from the fighter wing. The Spark class Yor fighters peeled off in maneuvers erratic enough to kill most biological life forms. Two Stingers followed a single Spark fighter, while the third flew straight into the night, its homing system jumped into uselessness. The Yor, who had dispersed and now converged, forming a triangle around the Scottlingas fighters. No matter who they faced, they'd be exposed to the other two.The Stingers, silent in space, were twisting towards one of the Yor. "Almost there, hang on," thought Blue Leader. His vision went red just before he could have seen the Stingers explode short of their target.

Intercollective Communications Priority Report (Fleet 1 Command):

60% of Scottlingas navy destroyed within 10 minutes of war declaration, fought in 3 engagements involving 9 Spark-class heavy fighters. Unit S17790 was destroyed but successfully reloaded onto new hardware. Serial number remains the same.

*end report*

 

An enormous Yor ship slid out of hyperspace, with three rails running from the forward bridge, through a massive ovoid hanger, to the cylindrical rear section which housed its only defense, two impulse engines. 500 million Yor began downloading their suite of combat programs, and the hanger doors spread open.

 

 

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November 7, 2009 12:16:57 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Author's note:

 

So GeneralEtrius has informed that he would like to include my AAR in his compilation. I'm honored that this story, late as it comes, would be considered. I decided to put it together into a word document and I noticed that it doesn't really flow that nicely because each post is somewhat its own little scene. I think that works on the forum since whoever is reading this is probably reading each new post as it comes out, but if it is put all together, I don't think it is as effective.

 

This puts me in a bit of a bind. If the story is going to end up as a single unit, I would prefer to add more detail and arrange it into longer chunks. I am realizing, on the other hand, that this story is already going to be quite long in the style I'm using currently (16 pages in Word right now and the story is not half done as I roughly envision it). Do you want the action to move along quickly with lots of little scenes? Or would you prefer that I extend the scenes and spend more time exploring the Yor and their interactions with other races? Warning, the latter, while I think it would be awesome, will end up being longer than probably any AAR on the forum. There is no way this story will be done for the first edition of said compilation either way, sorry. Although I have almost completed the game that this story is based on (you've spent well over a year on a single game of GC2? Yes, parenthetical voice, I don't play any one game non-stop and I'm a micromanaging fiend; the Scottlingas really did lose almost every ship they had on the turn I declared war, even most of the freighters).

 

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November 7, 2009 12:38:33 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

This is your story. Do whatever you want.

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November 17, 2009 6:06:12 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Yeah and it's a brilliant one at that so longer is deffo good in my book Bkam!!

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December 25, 2009 1:28:51 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

This story rocks! Esp. the description of the Yor-HW is fascinating. Keep going!!!

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December 3, 2010 10:12:08 PM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

really sad that this story has never been finished. was my favourite over here

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December 5, 2010 1:16:33 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

Quoting Maiden666,
really sad that this story has never been finished. was my favourite over here

It was a good one, all right.

Off-topic note, why exactly are you so fond of the Yor anyway (as expressed in other posts)? I suspect that's why you liked this one so much.

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December 5, 2010 7:35:15 AM from GalCiv II Forums GalCiv II Forums

The reason why I foremostly like this one is that BKam focuses much on graphics details and descriptions of a situation, and refrain from getting too personal when it comes to the characters there. There's another AOR that has a bit of this trademark too (the Iconian dreamer). I'm pretty much into Sci-Fi but I generally dislike sopa operas that simply play out in the future. It's more the futuristic environment and the unknown that spwans my fascination.

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