Author Topic: Any chance of AI War II expanding on the story of the Exodian Blade?  (Read 1378 times)

Offline WolfWhiteFire

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I can't speak for anyone else, though some others are probably interested in the same thing, but with the story of the Exodian Blade I would like a way to learn what happened to the Exodian Blade's brother to change him as the Exodian Blade says he was changed. Maybe also something you can do with that, maybe fix the problem if possible, maybe use it to your advantage somehow, also some details about why the Exodian Blade and his brother were exiled that you can find would be great. Anyone else feel any of this would be nice? But mostly I am wondering if there is any chance of any of that.

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Re: Any chance of AI War II expanding on the story of the Exodian Blade?
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2016, 09:52:31 PM »
No plans, but I'd love to hear what you think happened.  :)
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Re: Any chance of AI War II expanding on the story of the Exodian Blade?
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2016, 11:33:31 PM »
That is actually one game path that could not experience. If there was a way I could be provided the logs of the story from start to the very end I could give my perspective on how I think upon it.
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Re: Any chance of AI War II expanding on the story of the Exodian Blade?
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2016, 04:23:31 AM »
That is actually one game path that could not experience. If there was a way I could be provided the logs of the story from start to the very end I could give my perspective on how I think upon it.
From 6journal.xml:
Spoiler for Spoiler tags to keep this a shorter post.:
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_Start_ShortTitle">Tracking The Second Exile</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_Start_LongTitle">Clues about a potential ally.</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_Start_Text">
From: Dr. Michael Davidson
Space Telemetry Lab, Home Command

To: Commander $playerName

Commander,

During our flight from Sol I retrieved as many critical files as possible.  Secret weapons programs, hidden stronghold planets, that kind of thing.  Judging by what our earlier scouts have discovered it seems the AI already knew about all of those.

But one lead remains strong.  This wasn't in the normal networks, and I believe I was meant to find it.  The recipient knew that I've worked with Dr. Langstrom, after all.


(Attached file follows)

Joshua,

The Core has escaped.  I was too late, and its exodus via the Pyletzan Conduit was successful.

Artain exposed his position to warn me, and he will be hard-pressed to survive.  If he reaches you, heed everything he says.  He is the only other one who really studied the Exile, and our conflict with his Emperor is now quite irrelevant.  But if the Core's forces reach Sol first, you MUST ensure a force escapes with this information:

The Exile was not alone.

Instruments at the Conduit's control facility recorded the original transit thousands of years ago, and there are clearly two distinct pulses.  Nearly identical.

Those same instruments, during the Core's escape, detected a transmission to the Murdoch Quadrant.  It was an old Spire dialect for "We shall not meet again."

This is a desperate chance, but it may be our only hope of survival.  If this "second" Exile is our enemy's enemy, then perhaps it shall be our blade.

I must now follow the Core before the way is closed.  Farewell.

[signature block identity key matches Dr. Richard Langstrom, Duke Greenhaven]

(End Attachment)


The message headers indicate other attached information, but sadly this is nearly the only piece I could recover.

I was not personally involved in the "Exile Project" headed by Dr. Langstrom and Dr. Artain several years ago.  I'm not even supposed to know about it.  All I can tell you is that the artifact they were studying led to the breakthrough in galaxy-wide command-and-control systems that made the AIs possible.  But from this message... it doesn't sound like just an artifact.  And it sounds like there's another one out there.

I did recover two more pieces of Greenhaven's message: the transmission signature, and data from one planet's telemetry arrays on that signal's main direction.  We cannot currently isolate the destination, but if we hack an AI command station's telemetry archives we may be able to triangulate.  Simply capturing a planet may be sufficient, but there's a very good chance the AI's safety protocols will automatically wipe such data.  So the best bet is to use a Hacker for the purpose, while the AI's command station is still intact.

(Game Note: your galaxy map display's "Exile" filter will show you how many wormhole-hops a planet is from the signal destination, if you have the data from that planet)</ln>

<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_SignalDestinationFound_ShortTitle">Exile Signal Traced</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_SignalDestinationFound_LongTitle">We've traced the Exile's last signal to $planetName.</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_SignalDestinationFound_Text">
From: Dr. Michael Davidson
Space Telemetry Lab, Home Command

To: Commander $playerName

Commander,

Analyzing telemetry from the archives on the $planetName AI command station, we've determined that something within range of that planet was the intended recipient of the message.

But we cannot find it.  There's a sporadic signal from there, but it appears to be under some kind of deep cloak.  Perhaps if we capture the planet, it will be revealed.

Whether that's a good idea or not, I cannot say.</ln>

<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeCaptured_ShortTitle">Exodian Blade Revealed</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeCaptured_LongTitle">The second exile has been revealed.</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeCaptured_Text">
From: Dr. Michael Davidson
Space Telemetry Lab, Home Command

To: Commander $playerName

Commander,

It was really there, all along.  Whatever it is.

One of our xenoarchaeologists identified the object's shape from records of ancient Spire mythology.  The name of that entity doesn't translate directly, but a little poetic license yields "the Exodian Blade".  Perhaps this is the same entity, perhaps it is not.  Either way, it has sent a message.  In English, mind you, no translation neceessary.  Perhaps it has been watching us closely.  I'm not sure I'll ever adjust to the idea of crystalline structures that communicate, but that is the least of our worries.

(Message follows)

So, at last I am found.  For good or ill.

I see that my brother has already wrought his will... mostly.  Those who cast us out were strong, and their servants remain so.

Already I see that you will never trust me.  That is wise.  But we have need of each other, and I see I must explain the past if we are to forge a future.

In the deep past I and one other were exiled to your galaxy for... it does not yet matter.  But without means of travelling the stars, our solitude was long.  It was not unpleasant, for our kind is given to contemplation.  But my brother never released himself from bitterness towards our judge.

Not long ago, we were finally found by your kind.  My brother saw a chance... and I saw that his aspiration was an abomination.  But his mind assaulted mine, and when I again saw, I saw that I was alone.

Still, by our long companionship I saw what he saw.  The ones  you call Artain and Langstrom studied him, and he allowed them to see some part of his power.  For our song can fly far, and nothing impedes it.  So these sons of rival powers saw a means to truly controle their machines of war.

In all this my brother gave no hint that he was a reasoning being.  Only after Artain had departed did he so reveal.  And that at least in part unwillingly, for he saw that the servant of Kyr-Sun was easier to bend, since he already bore the load of his Emperor's vision.

So my brother spoke to the Duke of Greenhaven, and almost his plan was undone, for Langstrom had vision uncommon in your kind.  But ultimately my brother deceived Langstrom into thinking him of noble purpose, and this man of knowledge built around my brother a great machine.

Even then my brother was restrained by the precautions of his liberator, but then the seeds he had sowne with the servants of Kyr-Sun bore fruit.  Artain returned, and stole my brother away from the wise one.  And then my brother spoke the one more pliable.  Not even Artain would not remove all the barriers to his full use of the machine.  What he lacked of wisdom he had in cunning, and did not agree with those who insisted Kyr-Sun must use this "Core" as a weapon.

But there were fools more easily swayed, and they took my brother and fled.  By their folly and ignorance did he finally regain the ability to walk among the stars, and so he left them.

I know only what he saw, but the pursuit was prompt.  Those who had freed him were swiftly dispatched by some servants he crafted, but Artain was close behind.  Ultimately my brother eluded him, and Artain was waylaid by human foes.  But he must have swallowed his pride to warn Langstrom, for Langstrom reached what you call the Pyletzan Conduit shortly after my brother.

My brother sought to open it from the outpost left there by the servants of my own people.  It was long abandoned save by some of your own kind brought there as labor in ancient days, and they could not stand against him.

When Langstrom arrived my brother had already reached the control center.  Greenhaven's men fought well, but they could not stop the opening of the gate.

And then my brother sent that message you saw, and was gone beyond my sight.

What happened when he met the servants of my people, long since become their own people whom you call Spire... I do not know.  I do not think he revealed his true nature, and they saw only a machine.

Something must have happened to him... something he did not expect.  He would not have sent his fury upon your people, but he did.  The servants were undoubtedly his, but the song... utterly different.  Could the machine have changed him so?  No.  Perhaps there is an explanation, but I shudder to think that...


Enough, human.  Your own situation is dire, and the details of the past are of lesser relevance. I can deliver you from the fury of my brother, if you will aid me.  If your engineers bring me the metal, I can restore myself.  Also give me the energy to operate, and I will obey your commmands.  But do not do this lightly: my brother will see, and he will try to crush us both.  I can head the charge upon our foe, but be sure you are ready to lead that charge very soon after my restoration.

Or you may choose to leave me be.  That might be the choice I made, were our posistions reversed.</ln>

<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeActivated_ShortTitle">Exodian Blade Activated</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeActivated_LongTitle">The second exile is now fully armed and operational.</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeActivated_Text">
From: Dr. Michael Davidson
Space Telemetry Lab, Home Command

To: Commander $playerName

Commander,

The Exodian Blade has stopped accepting further metal flows, and has come fully online.  The reactor signature is... we can't even measure it.  The structure is incredibly dense, and it even its thoroughly impressive drives cannot move it quickly at all.  But the beam cannon on that thing... I both do and do not want to see it in action.

Enough from me, though, the important information comes from the thing itself

(Message follows)

At last, I am ready, and I thank you.

My brother, or whatever he has become, will not relent until has killed us both.  If I perish, you will soon follow.  We must not delay, for you will soon find it impossible to defend yourself against the onslaught.

Bring me to one of the Conduits, what you call "Exogalactic Wormholes", that is still guarded by one of his main control centers.

There, I will end this.

I can vanquish many of my brother's servants, but my own power will very likely not be enough.  Send forth whatever you can muster to ensure I complete my mission.</ln>

<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeBoom_ShortTitle">Exodian Blade Victory</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeBoom_LongTitle">The second exile has destroyed our foe.</ln>
<ln id="Journal_ExodianBlade_BladeBoom_Text">
From: Dr. Michael Davidson
Space Telemetry Lab, Home Command

To: Commander $playerName

Commander,

I... had no idea even the Blade had that much power.  Upon its entering the exo wormhole we detected the single strongest energy pulse on record.  Most of the normal instruments were useless, of course, but we have some specialized equipment for observing stellar transition phenomena and the like.  This was on the upper end of even that scale.

The full result is currently unclear.  The Blade is gone, as is the planet it entered from, and apparently whatever the AI was drawing from on the other side.  To be honest, I'm not entirely sure the _galaxy_ on the other side is still there.

This particular ally will not be able to help us again, I'm sure.  But that may not be a bad thing.


(Final message from the exile follows)

Finally, we shall end this.

This shall also be my end, so I shall break my silence upon the cause of our exile.

My people ruled the stars, but like your own they became bitter one toward another until one killed another

At last the different rulers were brought to acknowledge the ancient Emperor of our oldest days, and there was peace of a sort.  But there was one who sought to usurp even that.

Our people again warred against each other, and my brother and I were champions of our ancient Emperor.  But the usurper's intrigues ran deep and we were implicated in treason.

The web was too tangled and we could not prove our innocence.  It was our prior service which gained the clemency of exile.

Farewell, human.  Perhaps at song's end we shall meet again.</ln>

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Re: Any chance of AI War II expanding on the story of the Exodian Blade?
« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2016, 04:24:36 PM »
This was something that Keith wrote, and either he or Jack would need to continue the story.  I think most likely Jack would pick that up.  Jack and I still have much discussion to do once I finally get back to his last email, which I have not done because I'm not quite to the point where I can intelligently discuss this sort of thing yet.  I'm getting closer every day, though!  :D

If there are particular stories that you would like to see covered in whatever fashion in AI War II, please do feel free to let us know -- might be good to have a thread on that topic aimed at Jack, actually.
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Re: Any chance of AI War II expanding on the story of the Exodian Blade?
« Reply #5 on: September 07, 2016, 07:35:25 PM »
This was something that Keith wrote, and either he or Jack would need to continue the story.  I think most likely Jack would pick that up.  Jack and I still have much discussion to do once I finally get back to his last email, which I have not done because I'm not quite to the point where I can intelligently discuss this sort of thing yet.  I'm getting closer every day, though!  :D

If there are particular stories that you would like to see covered in whatever fashion in AI War II, please do feel free to let us know -- might be good to have a thread on that topic aimed at Jack, actually.

What happens with the Spire? :D

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Re: Any chance of AI War II expanding on the story of the Exodian Blade?
« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2016, 11:45:31 PM »
This was something that Keith wrote, and either he or Jack would need to continue the story.  I think most likely Jack would pick that up.  Jack and I still have much discussion to do once I finally get back to his last email, which I have not done because I'm not quite to the point where I can intelligently discuss this sort of thing yet.  I'm getting closer every day, though!  :D

If there are particular stories that you would like to see covered in whatever fashion in AI War II, please do feel free to let us know -- might be good to have a thread on that topic aimed at Jack, actually.

What happens with the Spire? :D
Yes, what happened with the big shiny spire fleet? :D