Welcome. Colonel. I wish we could greet
you under better circumstances. Be assured we are all saddened by the news
of your friend Colonel Farahn's unfortunate accident. but of course you
know as well as anyone the unpredictable nature of our universe. As you
are taking his seat as new director of Developmental Research. I'm sure
you'll desire an overview of his work in progress.
Perhaps you heard from your masters in the Directorate about project
Kraken. It was initiated more than eight years ago and employed the top
minds of the Scientium. The project began as an attempt to utilize cutting
edge industrial projection of Shadowhand power throughout the galaxy. The
first was the vast distances of interstellar travel, the second, a
shortage of qualified personnel Results during the first phases of the
project exceeded all expectations. Within three years we had developed an
automated system capable of locating, accessing, and suppressing inhabited
planets over standard interstellar distances. Project Kraken incorporates
a master control program that excels in the areas of industrial and
strategic management. But surely, Colonel, this much you know already. And
for now what you have not known.
The project originally called for the construction of massive automated
base ships that could be deployed to a hostile planet. Once there, the
ships would disassemble and create factories, defenses, and offensive
military units capable of conducting a ground war without and external
support. However, the project's designers recognized that the overall
military effectiveness of Project Kraken could be enhanced with a more
subtle approach. The plan was to seize and control the industrial,
military, and informational systems of the target planet's indigenous
population. It soon became clear to the members of the Circle that we
would not need to build base ships at all.
With a few years of testing and a major redesign, we were able to produce
a potentially sentient informational construct capable of penetrating and
controlling any computer system. The project encompassed nearly limitless
potential, yet still required some overall motivating component, a
personality if you will, to synchronize its trillions of individual
components. We found our missing link in the Imperium Military Archives on
Thirty years ago Imperium researchers on Shiva conducted experiments to
improve the combat effectiveness of various anti-infantry devices.
Including a crude weapon known as the shredder. The experiments involved
the insertion of a variety of motivational artificial intelligence
profiles into the Shredders during field tests with live human subjects.
One such personality, designated D8321, excelled above the others in terms
of efficiency and overall lethality. Testing on Shiva was aborted after an
incident in which the entire research staff was killed. The experimental
"AIPs" were deposited in the Scientium data vaults on Mars and
completely forgotten. These records were rediscovered recently during one
of our routine audits. The opportunity was clear, Colonel. It was no
trouble for our team to enter the Martian vaults and remove the necessary
datacubes without detection.
It was, as you know, shortly after the retrieval of the files that our
revered director met with his terrible accident. It is a dreadful irony
when an individual is destroyed on the cusp of his greatest triumph. It
reminds me of your remarks before the Scientium last year, Colonel:
"So many reach for the grail..." But Kraken must continue, and
it is the opinion of the Circle that the day of metamorphosis is close at
hand. Three weeks from now the D8321 control AIP will be merged with
existing architecture of project Kraken to create a sentient being of pure
information the likes of which out race has never seen. Nuclear fusion,
viral germ-cell engineering, even Foldspace manipulation... all these
technologies pale in potential power inherent in such an entity.
The combine project was renamed to Osiris. You are familiar, of course,
with the mythology of the ancients: Osiris, master of life and death.
Worshipped on Earth since the dawn of civilization. According to the myth,
Osiris could not be vanquished, even after his body was cut into pieces
and scattered to the four winds.
I will be available through this channel to provide you with more detailed
briefings over the next few weeks. Senior project managers are due to
contact with us in one month to announce the birth of our special child.
At one time we can make arrangements for you to visit us at out secret
location and establish a relationship of your own with Osiris.
The Circle Unbroken.