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Shards Discussion (Unofficial title)

Posted on Martin Schubert's G+ on November 12, 2013

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Martin Schubert
Is anybody really contemplating the implications of what a Dark XM attack on what functions as a Living XM being (or at least a sentient thing that can manifest in our dimension) really means?

Yuri Alaric Nagassa
If I recall correctly, +Hank Johnson, in The Alignment: Ingress described it as a ‘shattering’ or ‘fragmenting into shards’ effect. Do we suppose that is what happened when the Jarvis entity was attacked?

Stein Lightman
Historical accounts describe a Sheba effect when humans are exposed to Chaotic Matter. The first example, of course, was the Queen of Sheba.
The effect is one of mutation, often a protective body mutation, accompanied by something similar to necrotizing fasciitis or ‘flesh eating’ disease. There are no records of anything like the Jarvis entity interacting with Dark XM. But if I were to speculate about the effect of mixing Dark XM and regular XM, I think we’d see a strong repulsive force.
The two cannot co-exist in close proximity. They effectively cancel each other out leading to a loss of particle stability and the release of large amounts of energy.

Yuri Alaric Nagassa
Yes. If the entity was sentient and understood this, it might adapt a defensive posture. We have to consider these objects (even if made of XM) as possessing the characteristics of a living creature. The Construct would attempt to protect itself in all of the normal ways. Normal defensive postures would be fortification, dispersal, redundancy.

Martin Schubert The cost of such a strategy might be a temporary loss of higher level functions. If the construct reduced itself to a some kind of compressed, seed level, like a human embryo or even DNA, it might take time for it to reconstruct itself and regain its full cognitive state.

Yuri Alaric Nagassa
Correct.
I can not speculate on whether the independent units could grow on their own, but my suspicion is that each might contain only a portion of the data needed to reconstruct the entity.
If that is the case they would have to be gathered together to regenerate.
An appropriate vessel might be required.

Martin Schubert
What would such a vessel be??
Something of Lynton-Wolfe’s construction?

Yuri Alaric Nagassa
In theory, he could trap and contain them using XM. But we’re outside my area of knowledge.

Stein Lightman
Not to be too morbid, but the most obvious vessel would be that which contained Jarvis in life. But, of course, his body may be beyond the point of sustaining life by now.
That, was, I suspect the ancient purpose of mummification.

Martin Schubert
You lost me here, Stein.

Stein Lightman
As we all learned in grade school, the Egyptians did not mummify bodies in order to preserve a pretty corpse.
They did so in order so that the Ka spirit could return to the body and it could live again.

Martin Schubert
I vaguely remember this from a mummy book when I was a kid…
There were a couple other spirits to, the Ba and something else.

Stein Lightman
The Ba could move between life and the afterlife. Or our world and the other world.
The Akh was the part of the soul that was either worthy or unworthy.

Martin Schubert
Yeah, I remember something about the heart being weighed and if it didn’t work out, it got fed to a crocodile.
People really believe that stuff?

Stein Lightman
The metaphor sounds ridiculous, but such things were usually simplifications for the ignorant.
The priests knew the deeper meanings…

Yuri Alaric Nagassa
A pretty typical structure for any society.
Science is passed on as myth and metaphor.

Martin Schubert
But why would anybody believe that stuff?

Yuri Alaric Nagassa
You might look at the conversation we’ve been having.
If we look back, we have speculated that a fragmented Exotic Matter entity would have to be reassembled in a vessel.
By the way, akh and ka were believed to need a preserved body and tomb in order to exist. Hence mummification.

Martin Schubert
So if I put this all together, you’re saying that the Egyptians may have been…?

Stein Lightman
Gentlemen, I propose we take this conversation offline.

Yuri Alaric Nagassa
Agreed.

Martin Schubert
ok

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