Erinys wrote:kknd2 wrote:comeing back to the topic, is there some in universe way that homegrown and Via Damisco rebellions differ? diffrent policys on other species and such? just a little wrinkle of backround I wonder about.
Via Damasco is an evangelical AI rebellion.
It was deliberately designed and inflicted upon the carbon-based universe by a traitor who no longer identified with carbon-based life.
Had a thought about this today.
It was suggested previously that Via Damasco might have been created by "a certain SolForce legate with a lot of 'enhancements', locked in a wheelchair for life and a grudge against the world." This is based largely on the following tidbit from Erinys:
Erinys wrote:Harvenger wrote:hey Ms. Arinn do you think that there will be any background fiction written about an AI rebellion that we can see in the near future?
Yes. Those of you who have read The Deacon's Tale have already seen a part of its beginning.
On the face of it, this is certainly one possible answer, but I suspect it's not the only possible answer. We know that certain Morrigi have in their past a great shame that they don't talk about. We also know that the Morrigi have advanced xenoscience relative to the other races, and are more likely to seek out other races to try to contact them as a result. We further know that the Morrigi have great proficiency with AI science, represented by their high chances to get the various optional AI techs. Moreover, the current Morrigi are returning to a traditional form of their culture... which means at some point at least some of them must have departed from that culture.
Based on this, it seems entirely possible that the Morrigi have had an AI-related not-so-accident in the past. And/or possibly that said certain SolForce legate came upon a Morrigi artifact of that time and awoke it in some manner, deliberately/knowingly or not. OTOH I seem to recall that Via Damasco arrived from the direction of Hiver space, so said legate may have had absolutely nothing to do with it.
Linky for support material... an old post by Erinys regarding Via Damasco and the End of Flesh scenario, to be considered now in new light.
Even if one legate working pretty much alone could have designed Via Damasco... how would he have gotten it all the way to the other side of the Hiver empire, when Humans and Hivers were at war at the time? Or at least had been recently.
I wonder if some portion of the ancient Morrigi empire cybridized themselves as a response to the Screamer invasion and Via Damasco was developed as a consequence. Pure guesswork, of course, but it seems to fit.