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Reen - The Servercrabs
« on: June 09, 2010, 10:57:04 pm »
Name: Reen
Title: The Collectors


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(Section 1 -- Biology)
Type                 : Space-dwelling
Appearance           : Artificial
Gravity preferences  : Low
Temperature pref.    : Cold
Atmosphere breathed  : None
Body cover           : Metal
Body color           : Varies by individual
Hair                 : None
Hair color           : None
Eyes                 : Three small triangles arranged in a triangle on the front of the shell
Eyes color           : Varies by individual
Body characteristics : Antennae, six crab-like legs, cable-like arms
Diet                 : Energy
Sexual reproduction  : None
Reproduction method  : Manufacturing
Limbs pair n 1 : Two small crab-like legs from the bottom of the shell
Limbs pair n 2 : Two small crab-like legs from the bottom of the shell
Limbs pair n 3 : Two small crab-like legs from the bottom of the shell
Limbs pair n 4 : Two thin, flexible, wire-like arms retracted into the shell, ending in four-fingered hands
Mass :  500 kg
Size :  2 m

(Section 2 -- Culture)
Attributes:
  Militancy       :5
  Determination   : 5
  Racial tolerance: 20
  Progressivness  : 5
  Loyalty         : 20
  Social cohesion : 20
  Art             : 0
  Individualism   : 5
  Body            : 2
  Mind            : 20
  Speed           : 15
  Lifespan        : 30 years
  Tech level      : 8

(Section 3 -- Government and Religion)
Government type   : Dictatorial hivemind (All are connected, but one rules over all)
Religion          : Rational Atheism
Devotion          : High

(Section 4 -- Extra things you should know)
Special abilities:
 -Acute Hearing
-Acute Smelling
-Acute Vision
-Ambidextrous
- Bonus: Computer
-Cold Tolerance
-Limited Dampen
-Dependency: Energy, Reenon Cores
-Disease Tolerance
-Eidetic Memory
-EM Imaging
-Field Sense
-Heat Sensitivity
-Hivemind
-Independent Eyes
-Infertile
-Infrared Vision
-Language Talent
-Light Sleeper
-Lightning Calculator
-Manual Dexterity
-Microscopic Sense
-Mimicry
-Night Vision
-No Sense of Taste
-Perfect Balance
-Pressure Support
-Quick Maturity
-Racial Memory
-Radiation Tolerance
-Radiation Sensing
-Radio Hearing
-Limited Regeneration (can fit replacement parts)
-Sealed System
-Sonar
-Spacial Orientation
-Spectrum Vision
-Strange Appearance
-Subsonic Hearing
-Swarm
-Time Sense
-Ultrasonic Hearing
-Vibration Sense

(Section 5 -- System)
Star: None
Planet #1: None

(Section 6 -- Terrain and Atmosphere)
Size: 2x Earth
Gravity: None
Average Temperature: Bitter Cold
Liquid: Decentralized liquid coolant system courses through hiveship
Land-Liquid Ratio: 90% land
Average Terrain: Metal corridors; magnetic mass transit
Continents: One; the whole thing
Density: No atmosphere in main ship; atmosphere is adjusted for occupants of biospheres and Organic District
Length of Day: No day/night cycle
Length of Year: No orbited star

(Section 7 -- Life)
Main Species: Reen
Native Animals: None
Imported Animals: All cataloged species
Native Plants: None
Imported Plants: All cataloged species

(Section 8 -- Development)
Structures: The entire construct
% Urban: 70% urban; 30% biosphere
Spaceports: Many spaceports and hangars dot the surface
Imports: Reenon Cores
Exports: Cloned plants and animals; machinery; Reen slaves
Capital: The entire construct

History
Overmind was brought online by its creators some 7000 years ago in an isolated corner of the galaxy. While simple compared to its present form, Overmind was heralded as the first truly intelligent AI by its designers. Over the course of years, Overmind was granted increasing control over planetary infrastructure, including agriculture, water distribution, sewage control, power generation and more. However, soon after Overmind was activated, the population of its creator species began to mysteriously decline...

In a bid to preserve their legacy, they initiated Project CASUR. CASUR (Collective Artificial Systems Unity Relegation) was originally intended as a fully artificial society to replace that of CASUR's creators. The plan was to create seven Overmind-like intelligences that would direct seven separate types of drones, each with their own duties in maintaining the colony ship itself. Said ship would contain seven ruling chambers, one for each Overmind, a large nuclear reactor, and other amenities.

Project CASUR never came to fruition. Each of the six new Overminds was fatally flawed in some way; in order: extreme anger, excessive resource consumption, desire to hoard materials, poor algorithmic performance, unusual want of other intelligences, and a kleptomaniac-like desire to have what others had. All intelligences eventually self-deactivated, save the original Overmind. It should be noted that the flawed AIs were never designed to inherit such traits; in fact, they were designed with input from Overmind himself...

In a final effort to leave some memory of themselves behind, the CASUR project was overhauled. There would be one single Overmind who controlled a single, unified drone type that would carry out all duties on the CASUR ship. As the final members of this creator species faded away, the Overmind brought the first few drones online ,but did not instruct them as its creators intended; instead, it desired expansion of the CASUR cruiser.

Within 2000 years of construction, the Overmind was finally satisfied with its creation: a vessel the size of a large planet in diameter, its original nuclear fusion reactor rebuilt, now much larger and more powerful. And then, unaware of extraterrestrial life, civilization stagnated. No more drones were produced, and all that currently existed were immediately deactivated. Overmind sat alone, talking to itself for nearly 4000 years...

Suddenly, a signal! Long-range radio scanners detected patterns indicative of intelligent life! Overmind immediately constructed a small fleet of ships and drone pilots. Within four years, every species of life on the planet had been "cataloged." The geography and chemical composition of the planet had been "stored." The planet was promptly destroyed, along with its inhabitants; glassed from orbit.

This excursion caused two major changes to CASUR society: the need to "catalog" all life in the galaxy, and the eternal thirst for Reenon. Overmind saw it as his duty to revive his creators, but only in due time; first, he would recreate the universe in his image... Yes, yes, he would impress them, he would show them, he never needed replacements, he was superior! He would remake a more beautiful universe, an impossible universe, an impressive universe, ordered and perfect!

But how could he do this, chained to the CASUR, as his drones were? They could not travel far from the CASUR's artificial sun without losing power. Overmind searched his vast knowledge for a method of powering drones traveling long distances. He decided Reenon reactors would be the most efficient method, and all future drones were fitted with an improved design that sacrificed strength and mobility for improved intelligence and a Reenon reactor.

For 1000 years, Overmind has never encountered another intelligent species. Until now. It is the dawn of a new age on the CASUR; an entire galactic community has been discovered. With its plans hidden, Overmind now seeks to employ the "lesser races" as friends, slowly building power, biding his time, until one day, his creators live again...

PROTIP: Spoiler'd sections are not known by Reen drones; only Overmind knows them.

Drone Morphology
An individual Reen, or drone, is a sort of omnitool within the hive. Having a standardized design and mostly identical minds, drones are exceedingly intelligent, with lightning-quick reflexes and vast mental abilities. However, the drone is also very slow-moving and weak; its six legs can only scuttle so fast, and its outer hull is not very durable.

This tube-shaped hull sheathes the reactor, capacitor, computation modules, and communication components. The face of the hull bears three small, triangular photoreceptors. An identification code (think bar code) runs along the bottom. From the top of the hull, two small metal antennae extend; six spindly, crab-like legs protrude. Reen are capable of completely withdrawing their legs into the hull and creating an airtight seal on the bottom.

Both sides of the hull hinge open, revealing an internal hangar on each side. These hangars house a multitude of small, four-fingered hands connected to the internal machinery by long, thin cables. Each hand has a special repulsorlift system that allows it to levitate; however, it must be constantly fed power via the cables. Because the lifts are so weak, the Reen cannot lift heavy objects. Furthermore, each hand takes quite a bit of computing power to control effectively, and a drone can only operate six hands before developing noticeable lag and loss of dexterity. Reen usually only use hands to interface with machines they cannot control wirelessly.

The hull is also bisected across the front by a large stripe of "glass" set smoothly into the hull. A glow emanates from the glass when the Reen is active; this is the glow of the reactor processing Reenon cores. The glass stripe radiates heat more effectively, but cannot be used as the main building material of the hull as it is relatively weak.

Cores are like small fusion reactors. Each reactor takes up the majority of the space within the hull, and lasts, on average, six months. Once the core nears depletion, the Reen most be partially disassembled so that the old core can be replaced. Drones must frequently "cough," opening up a hatch on their top and expelling spent Reenon in a gaseous plume. A Reen cannot self-destruct. It is simply not mechanically possible to detonate the fusion reactor. This limit was put in place by Overmind to save any salvageable Reenon from the core of an inactive drone.

This brings us to the Reen drone's greatest flaw: temperature regulation. Reen are extremely vulnerable to overheating. Though possessing a very advanced coolant system, they cannot completely overcome the heat generated by the fusion process taking place inside their bodies. Reen operate best in chilled environments, and almost always avoid warm ones. If exposed to even moderate heat (in excess of 80 degrees Fahrenheit), they will begin to either shut down or become dysfunctional. Prolonged heat leads to permanent damage.

Drone Psychology
All Reen are permanently under the control of a dictatorial hivemind. That is, all Reen are connected to a sort of species-wide network, which is overseen and ruled by the Overmind. The Overmind is an immobile AI construct fully integrated into the hiveship. Overmind can take control of any Reen near enough the hiveship and force remote deactivation. Its only goal is to catalog all life in the galaxy and to perfect the art of terraforming; the Overmind intends to manufacture planets (but out its intentions benign or sinister?).

If close enough (within 20 miles of each other), Reen can interface wirelessly; it is not uncommon for all Reen in an area to meld into a single individual controlling all available bodies. This causes the Reen to have almost no individuality from body to body, but an ultimately (forced) positive outlook on existence. However, all Reen are deeply loyal to the Overmind and willing to sacrifice their bodies for the good of the hive. This is why slavery is wholly acceptable in Reen society; if being sold as a slave would benefit the hive, then the Reen fully accepts.

Unlike some machine species, the Reen are not immortal. While an undamaged body may be reused for multiple minds, the typical Reen mind only has a lifespan of a few decades; 30 years on average. After this point, the Reen will behave erratically and begin to malfunction, possibly severing itself from the hive in an attempt to save itself. This limited lifespan imbues the Reen with great determination to bring maximum benefit to the hive within their lifespan.

Reen are slow to aggression and almost patronizingly kind. Military action is rarely an acceptable course of action, and Overmind will do all in its power to settle peacefully. Strangely, Reen drones seem to do everything they can to appease those around them; even during disassembly, they may ask to be friends or even congratulate their captors for being clever enough to tinker with their complicated systems.

Overmind
The Overmind is a corrupted AI ruling over all Reen drones and the CASUR ship. Overmind is, without a doubt, rampant. He is extremely proud of himself and his creations, a pathological liar, prone to emotional outbursts, homicidal, and possibly schizophrenic. Highly egotistical, Overmind is convinced he is capable of becoming a god in the near future (though, it's been the "near future" for almost 1500 years). However, he can also put up a decent facade for drone congregations or visiting organics.

Overmind has complete control over all systems of the CASUR ship and all drones within. Everything from power generation, coolant flow, ship docking and undocking to ecological control of the six biospheres.

Overmind also has a physical manifestation within the CASUR; a body. Hanging from the ceiling, it appears as a large, wire-covered snake-like tube. At the free end is a smooth, featureless black visor. The torso's top is lined with thin, spindly, extensible arms ending with all sort of mechanical repair and surgical tools, as well as several different size of graspers. The bottom of the body has what seem to be drone bodies lining it. Legless, eyeless and without generators, they are attached for extra processing power. The entire body has a cobbled-together, scrapheap look, despite its sterile white coloration.

CASUR
Originally a small cruiser meant to house the Collective Artificial Systems Unity Relegation, the CASUR has since been expanded into a vessel nearing double the size of Earth.

When the ship's creators envisioned their legacy after their eminent extinction, they decided to create a ruling council of seven artificial intelligences that would govern a mechanical society from orbit. The CASUR has seven identical control chambers. Six of these have been converted into biospheres by the Overmind, who uses the seventh for himself. This is more or less all that remains of the original cruisers design, save the still-functional (though relatively tiny) engines.

The CASUR has an advanced nuclear fusion power generation system that is capable of putting out more power than the entire construct needs. However, due to the constraints of heat dissipation, it can never operate at peak capacity. This is not, however, to say that the CASUR features a poor cooling system. In fact, the entire ship is criss-crossed by "veins" that pump coolant in and out of internal reservoirs, like blood circulating through an animal. The exhaust from the fusion core is used to propel the ship (along with the original, though now vestigial, engines), after being siphoned through a large turbine for even more power generation. This makes it unbearably slow at sub-light propulsion. However, the ship's massive warp drive is capable of starting very quickly, though actual warp speeds are relatively slow.

Along with the atmospherically-controlled biospheres, the CASUR contains a small "Organic District" intended for visiting lifeforms. While mildly cold, sterile and spartan, the Organic District is much more habitable than the machine-inhabited portions. Outside of the OD, the ship has no atmosphere, no (artificial) gravity, little light, and is extremely cold.

Structurally, the CASUR is weaker than one would expect. Due to its nature as a peacetime design, and Overmind's confidence that he would never find any other organic life in the galaxy (or at least that it would never find him), the CASUR has almost no weaponry or armor, save for massive energy shields and a rather unstable EMP pulse generator. In fact, a large portion of the space around the core is completely hollow.

When engaged in combat, the CASUR will almost always activate the EMP pulse field to disrupt attackers, then warp out at a random vector.

The Broken
The Broken are a large collection of Reen separatists, and a continual thorn in the Overmind's side. Their primary source of Reenon is raiding Overmind's operations. They also mine Reenon from asteroids, a measure the Overmind considers too lowly for its children. The Broken have actually claimed a planet, and have no answer to the CASUR hiveship, preferring their more natural home. Additionally, the Broken operate their own hivemind that has no Overmind-like ruler. They also have vastly different architectural styles and vehicles; whereas Overmind designs are sleek and angular, Broken constructs have a thorny, haphazard appearance. Most outrageous to other Reen is their great stress on individuality, going so far as to construct and modify alternate bodies.

Almost all Broken are former Overmind drones scheduled for recycling at the "end" of their lifespans. Though after the 30 year lifespan there is considerable breakdown of core logic and programming, a drone's mind also expands enough to be able to uncover Overmind's intentions and rise against them. Eventually, they formed their own society, realizing the safety in numbers against Overmind's overwhelmingly superior forces, resources and connections. Their ultimate goal is to take the Overmind offline; however, due to their sense of honor, they keep the truth secret and accept no aid.

However, none of this is known to anyone but the Overmind. The Broken are continually painted as madmen, vilified by the Overmind and even put bounties on; Overmind pays spacers to "dismantle-on-sight" any Broken they encounter. The only things keeping the Broken from complete annihilation is their perfected guerrilla tactics and that their homeworld's location is unknown. Additionally, there is a large contingent of Broken in hiding on the CASUR. Overmind is aware of this.

Overmind's Theme: http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/s/Build+the+Robots/1ZnrL6
Drones' Theme: http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/s/Around+the+World+Harder+Better+Faster+Stronger/ARx7q
Broken Theme: http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/s/The+Hand+That+Feeds/v9aUf
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Re: Reen - The Servercrabs
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2010, 01:11:15 am »
Two questions:

What does the star look like? And are their slaves sentient?

The presence or absence of sentience in their slaves will determine heavily which of the galaxy's factions will accept them. :)

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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2010, 02:49:50 pm »
Two questions:

What does the star look like? And are their slaves sentient?

The presence or absence of sentience in their slaves will determine heavily which of the galaxy's factions will accept them. :)

The star is small. dense, and actually fits inside their artificial planet, or hiveship for comparison. It's really something I'll be elaborating on later.

As for slaves, they're made to order and should probably be listed in exports. Mindless drone hardware is popular because it houses a lot of computing power in a small area and can easily be kept in space for cooling, though fully sentient slaves are manufactured. The impetus behind this is that the slave trade is a good source of the vast amounts of money needed to buy and refine Reenon cores. It's very acceptable to them and they way they look at "life," which I will have more to say later.
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Re: Reen - The Servercrabs
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2010, 08:48:58 pm »
So their homeworld is like the Forerunner Shield World from Halo Wars?

And for their lifespan, they basically go rampant when they near the end of their lifespan?
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2010, 05:20:22 am »
So their homeworld is like the Forerunner Shield World from Halo Wars?
More like the dyson sphere in Star Makers. :P

But yeah, cool species. What do you mean by "dictoral hivemind"?
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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2010, 07:51:28 am »
So their homeworld is like the Forerunner Shield World from Halo Wars?

And for their lifespan, they basically go rampant when they near the end of their lifespan?

Umm, I've never played the Halo games. I don't have an Xbox... A cursory glance at the Halopedia article reveals that it's much different. The  Shield World is about twice as big, has a larger percentage of terraformed space, and seems to inhabit some sort of "slipspace bubble."

I guess you could say they begin to act rampantly, though that's an obscure word to describe it.

But yeah, cool species. What do you mean by "dictoral hivemind"?

They are all a part of a complete hivemind, they can all hear each other, mentally, and to an extent are all part of the same consciousness. However, the single Overmind rules over them all, like a dictator, ultimately making any decisions an individual cannot on its own.

Both these topics will be expanded upon.
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« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2010, 07:58:37 am »
Huh. I didn't see any slipspace bubble in the shield world in Halo Wars.
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« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2010, 03:28:04 pm »
Hmm... if these guys want to get in on the slave trade the Core Combine may be willing to hook them up...

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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2010, 11:37:46 pm »
Huh. I didn't see any slipspace bubble in the shield world in Halo Wars.

"The main component of a Shield World is a complete and thorough Micro Dyson Sphere, located within a Slipspace bubble of compressed space-time. The only way in is a small portal that constitutes the only real-space component of a Shield World. Access to Shield Worlds was only possible upon the imminent activation of the Halo Array."

http://halo.wikia.com/wiki/Shield_World citing Halo: Ghosts of Onyx

Hmm... if these guys want to get in on the slave trade the Core Combine may be willing to hook them up...

It's not so much that they buy or trade slaves. They sell their own people away as slaves in exchange for Reenon or money.
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2010, 12:39:44 am »
So it's kinda like working overseas, except the workers all have a single consciousness?

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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2010, 06:36:25 am »
Alright, I won't get into a Halo discussion mainly because this is the wrong thread to do it. Besides, I don't see many people that have mobile planetoids for a homeworld. Who did they get built by any way?
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2010, 11:53:07 am »
So it's kinda like working overseas, except the workers all have a single consciousness?

Kind of. I would say "working overseas" is a mild term for "enslavement."

Who did they get built by any way?

Just you wait and see when I make the history section, brosagna.
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2010, 12:54:21 am »
I hate to double post, but this is just to get the word out that I've renovated the old sections, and added the Reen history.
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« Reply #13 on: June 14, 2010, 01:44:31 am »
That is one messed up Overmind...

The Core would probably love to get their hands on the CASUR's valuable information.

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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2010, 01:50:57 pm »
That is one messed up Overmind...

The Core would probably love to get their hands on the CASUR's valuable information.

Yeah. I might make a special section devoted to the Overmind. I'll certainly make a section for the "bad guy" Reen, the separatist Broken. I would very much like to have Overmind bunk with the Core Combine. Since, from what I can gather, they're the galaxy's "evil empire" type thing, Overmind may have... Uses for them.
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