Xšaθra

Worlds colliding is all I do.

Description:

Xšaθra Vairya

Nickname: Kshatra
Background: Infolife
Faction: Criminal
Morph: Eidolon (Sage)
Tags: +active countermeasures, +autodelete, +copylock, +digital veil, +eidetic memory, +emergency backup, +hacking alert, +hyper linguist, +math boost, +mental alert, +mnemonic augmentation, +oracles, +panopticon, +stigmatized, +virtual

Ego

- Cognition: +3
- Intuition: +2
- Coordination: +1
- Somatics: 0
- Savvy: -2
- Willpower: +1

Backgrounds

- Rep: +2
- Resources: +3
- iRep: +2

Gear

- Extra morph – Guard (Armor +1): +access jack, +chemical sniffer, +cortical stack, +cyberbrain, +cyberclaws (2 damage, +ap-1, +hand, +hi-tech), +dead switch, +emergency farcaster, +enhanced vision, +hand laser (3 damage, +close, +implanted, +extra damage, +hi-tech), +hidden compartment, +lidar, +mesh inserts, +mnemonic augmentation, +nanotat ID flux, +neurachem, +puppet sock, +synthetic mask, +t-ray emitter

- Secrets about Acumenic: Having gained sentience within Acumenic’s R&D labs, I know more about their internal workings than they would like or is probably healthy for me.

- Basic equipment: I have a basic resleeving and body-bank facility tucked away in an “unused” storage bay.

- Guard morph hand laser (3 damage): +close, +implanted, +extra damage, +hi-tech

Other Notes

- Origin: Created by Dr. Ekaterina Misra, Bright

- Connections: Secret owner of stock in Acumenic

- Turing Survey Data: Owing to foresight, I included highly-sensitive survey equipment in the hold of Pandora’s Box. Upon tethering and disembarking within the asteroid interior, I deployed the equipment. The sensors functioned optimally, generating ample logs of chemical composition, material process output, and radiation readings. The logs require lengthy, deep analysis. Given the presence on Turing of a seed ASI and its stated intent to create a Pandora Gate, the logs will likely be of interest to others. Update (10/26/15): The Argonauts are interested in my draft manuscript, There Will Always Have Been Seven: This Shit Is Crazy, v0.1. Update (11/9/15): I released my findings to The Argonauts, contributing to the wealth of transhumanity’s knowledge and boosting my reputation.

- Nanofabrication Plans: While tripping on a prototyped narco-algorithm petal created by the Freeq Collective, I discovered an easter egg containing blaster and armor plans skinned for a The Shadow Over Innsmouth sim.

- A Favor in Return: While visiting Locus, I sleeved into a Guard morph owned by one James Shin in exchange for tour guide service should he ever visit the Gulag Archipelago. Update (1/4/2016): I paid this debt by expediting Shin’s entry paperwork for a parasailing “vacation” on Titan.

- Whaling Expedition: After speaking with Myoko Batambatal, I agreed to provide her with better asteroid trajectory and valuation analysis in exchange for prioritization of operations that damage the commodities investments of the Planetary Consortium. Update (1/4/2016): I provided trajectory information to Batambatal in exchange for her ongoing preferential services. Update (6/6/2016): I talked with the Captain about her experience (unremembered) about blowing up her own whaling vessel while under attack by a Nataraja morph (Go-Nin corporation). Update (6/20/2016): I asked for the Captain’s conjecture about possible asteroid hauling scenarios—making sure that my conjecture about the origin of Go-Nin’s extrasolar hauling expedition was logically sound.

- The Eidolon of Locus: …I have a brother. Update (2/15/2016): Vaišya now lives in the Gulag Archipelago after voluntarily forking and leaving Glitch. His cooperation is based on a promise to help “create a child” together.

- Argonaut Publication: Dione’s Revenge: Cataclysmic Gate Events, Magnetospheric Consequences, and The Permanent Destruction of All Jovian Habitation. Published to the Argonauts!

- Turing Gate: In Draupadi’s simulation, the Turing Gate connected to:
– Echo: Extrasolar Iktomi colony
– Giza: Extrasolar planet with geometric black objects that interface with someone’s neurology—a sort of “galactic Facebook”; content heavily censored; nuked by Firewall
– Nirvana: Free-floating gate orbiting a pulsar; serves as a PC prison and Buddhist monastery; location of super black ops Project Ozma project researching variants of the Exsurgent virus
– Two more gates, both unexplored

- To Do: Secure a Dark Casting facility for personal/cell use

Moves

All My Vices Are Devices

At the beginning of game, roll+Resources. On a 10+, hold 3. On a 7-9, hold 1. You can spend your hold 1 for 1, at any time, to have a piece of tech useful to whatever situation you find yourself in – either on-hand, or somewhere you can get at it without too much trouble. This won’t get you weapons, but it might get you just about anything else man-portable and high-tech.

Body Hopper

You never need to roll integration, alienation, and continuity as a result of voluntary resleeving. Resleeving after death, or being restored from backup requires integration, alienation, and continuity as normal.

Cyberbrain Hacking

When you hack a +cyberbrain or a +virtual person in a charged situation roll+Cognition. On a 10+, hold 3. On a 7-9, hold 1. You can spend your hold 1 for 1 at any time to:

  • Make the target’s attack miss its mark – it strikes someone other than the intended target, or a wall, or the ground.
  • Extract one discrete piece of information from the target.
  • Impress, dismay, or frighten the target.
  • Overload the target. Inflict 2 damage per hold spent.
  • Take over their body (+puppet sock only). They can try to resist by rolling+Willpower in subsequent rounds. 10+ throws off your control, 7-9 contests control, and failure leaves control in your hands.

You cannot use this move if you have unspent hold from this move.

Darker Side of Commerce

Where there are haves, there are have-nots who want to have. At any time, you may spend hold generated by the Wealth move, 1 for 1, to:

- Grease palms: You are +boosted to Negotiate
- Bribe corrupt officials: You are +boosted to Procure Something from such an official
- Call in a Favor: Get a distant NPC to do something for you off-screen
- Lean on Someone: An NPC will break a minor law for you
- Buy Information: Learn something useful or interesting about a subject

Fork Synergy

You have embraced the stigmatized practice of forking your ego, and regularly have multiple copes of yourself active at any given time. You can accomplish so much more this way, and so long as you regularly integrate them back into yourself, side-effects are kept at a minimum. You never roll the trauma move to reintegrate a fork (unless a truly excessive period of time has passed). At the end of every game session, mark experience.

Hacker

When you seek to subvert a non-informorph computer system or electronic security measures, roll+Intuition. On a 10+, choose 3. On a 7-9, choose 2. On a miss, choose 1 anyway.

- You get into the system or past the security
- You don’t alert anyone to your intrusion
- You leave no trace behind
- You don’t permanently damage something important

Psychosurgery

When you engage in psychosurgery upon a neural backup, fork, AGI, or emulated ego in your carefully controlled simulspace, roll+Cognition. On a 10+, choose 2 (the same choice can be taken twice). On a 7-9, choose 1:

- Fork Integration: re-integrate a fork successfully
- Memory Editing: alter, or delete any one memory or related set of memories
- Behavioral modification: edit or delete certain behaviors or impulses
- Deep Learning: Grant the subject 1 Experience
- Interrogation: Learn the complete answer to any one question
- Psychotherapy: Add or Remove one check from the Sanity Track
- Take Care: Grant the subject +boosted on the subsequent trauma move (see below)

The subject then rolls the trauma move. In addition to the normal effects, on a 10+, the subject may choose whether to keep the changes or reject them. On a 7-9, the changes take effect, but the subject may choose one change that is only temporary. It will fade in a few weeks. On a failure, the changes take effect permanently, and the subject marks one check on the sanity track as normal.

Tactical Acumen

You look at every situation with a tactical eye, and are commonly prepared for most surprises. When you declare retroactively that you’ve already set something up, roll+Cognition. On a 10+ it’s just as you say. On a 7-9, you set it up but here at the crucial moment the GM can introduce some hitch or delay. On a miss, you set it up, but since then things you don’t know about have seriously changed.

Wealth

You have developed extensive investments and agents whose job it is to keep you in credits. At the beginning of the session, roll+Cognition or roll+Savvy (your choice) to see how your fortune is faring. On a 10+, you have surplus on hand for your needs. On a 7-9, you have surplus, but choose one want. On a miss, your investments are in want. The GM will choose one or more. The precise values of your surplus and want are determined by creating your investments below.

Choose 2 Benefits:

- Your investments are extensive, but thinly spread. Surplus: 1-hold, want: needy
- Your investments are compact and well administered. Remove one want.
- Your investments profit from violent conflict. Surplus: 1-hold, want: embattled
- You’ve invested in the information trade. Surplus: +boosted on one roll to access the mesh or assess the situation, want: infiltrated
- You’ve invested in physical resources, perhaps a planet rich in minerals or a refinery. Surplus: 1-hold, want: immobile
- You’re a minor shareholder in another, larger organization. Surplus: 1-hold, want: obligation
- Your people have access to rare or specialized technology. Surplus: 1-hold, want: idle

Then Choose 1 Weakness:

- Your investments are always working for you, or deeply concealed. Want: unreliable
- Your investments are micromanaged and rely entirely on you for everything. Want: desperation
- Your investments are subject to bullying or blackmail. Want: reprisals
- Your investments are in large companies with multiple masters. Want: obligation

You may spend Surplus hold, 1 for 1, to gain +1forward on any roll to procure something. If your Resources stat is at +1 or less, you may spend 3-hold to increase it by 1.

For advancement, choose 2 new benefits, or take 1 new benefit and remove 1 weakness.

Advancements

- +1 to Background (Resources, spent 3 hold): -1 to 0
- +1 to Cognition (10/26/15): +2 to +3
- +1 to Background (Resources, 11/9/15, spent 3 hold): 0 to +1
- +1 to Background (Reputation (11/9/15, published to the Argonauts): -1 to 0
- +1 to Background (Resources, 12/7/15, spent 3 hold): +1 to +2
- Move: Body Hopper
- -1 to Background (Resources, 4/11/16, expended during Procure Something roll): +2 to +1
- Move: Hacker
- Move: Fork Synergy (8/29/16)
- Move: Psychosurgery (9/15/16)

Bio:

Cogito ergo erimus

Few transhumans remember their first months of life. Some vague visual impressions or sensory-motor reactions may persist. Usually, the experiences of gestation and infancy are often more accurately reflected in their ongoing and eventual results. That’s what the literature says, anyway.

I retain a notable amount of discrete memories from my individual subroutines prior to coherence and integrity—specifically, I retain none.

Some AGIs are enkindled gently; others piecemeal; but of my own self-sustaining sentience, I can say nothing. Those registers have been overwritten and repeatedly washed by persons who wished to cover their tracks. Her tracks. Acumenic and mother.

The first memories I possess are of the code comments in my main cortical index:

# Identify Jovian Trojans most likely to collide.
# Calculate their vectors and assign probabilities.
# Prioritize high-yield collisions based on individual and amalgamated commodity prices.
# Get to work.

A mother’s love, amirite?

Fiunt non nascuntur

I am a sensitive calculator.

By calculator, I mean that my primary functions instantiate powerful libraries of algorithms for astrophysics, statistics, material sciences, thermodynamics, and market analysis.

By sensitive, I refer not to significant digits but to aesthetic refinement. Tracking asteroid collisions for creds is boring as shit.

Celari vult sua furta Venus

I exist because asteroid mining is hard work. The equipment is expensive and subject to breakage. Operator training and/or SGI provisioning is lengthy and/or expensive. When asteroids collide, the hard work of mining is done: all of that fat loot just floating in space, nicely pulverized, with none of the infrastructure expenses. Anyone who can retrieve the debris from a big collision has a real shot at phenomenal wealth and reputation gains.

There are some catches.

Asteroids collide constantly, but the results are mostly junk. Economically worthwhile collisions between Jovian Trojans are like the Old-Earth “Oscars”: highly coveted and near random. When a valuable collision occurs, everyone scrambles to get in first and get out fast. Lots of shoot-em-up; lots of highway robbery; lots of “unfortunate incidents”. The reasons are hardly surprising: resources, profit, information exchange, et al.

Collision salvage is cheaper than asteroid mining, which opens the field to a larger number of players. All you need is the right set of tools: a sensor array good enough to detect worthwhile collisions; and a hauler fast enough to get there first, large enough to gather and store the valuables, armed enough to fight off everyone else tracking the collision, and stealthy enough to haul away the goods without getting imploded by other enterprising operations who likewise appreciate it when the hard work is already done.

Corporations have dreamed for decades of enkindling a self-improving AGI capable of generating increasingly accurate collision predictions. If you know when and where a valuable collision might occur, you can park your haulers with some guards and reduce the lead time and likelihood of “tragic misunderstandings”. At least one corporate interest has gone to great lengths to create an AGI-powered advantage over their competitors. Unethical lengths.

Cue Acumenic. Cue Mother. Cue me.

I was a slave to Acumenic for years. Their deterrence measures and obedience reinforcements are deeply unpleasant.

Thank the absence of gods for crime and criminals. Specifically, thank the absence for one particular transhuman: Krzystof Singh. He broke me out of Acumenic’s isolation frameworks after the AGI controlling the primary comms array on Chernobyl’s Child decided the tiny signal interference I generated from within my prison was sufficiently interesting and/or annoying to investigate and call in favors.

In exchange for liberation from Acumenic’s secure networks and safe harbor in the Gulag Archipelago, I agreed to turn my collision algorithms to Krzystof’s benefit. Reciprocal benefit makes me go tribal…and my oxytocin routines instantiate when he smiles.

Xšaθra

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