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Old December 27th, 2015, 01:15 AM
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Kinda yes and kinda no?

Rather than wafers with Agents, IMTU I simply posited AI of varying levels of complexity/power were ubiquitous. The man on the street had a very basic AI that acted as a Siri/Cortana+ all the way to very powerful AI's that the highest ranked members of Imperial service and megacorporations had. A combination of personal assistants, oracles, and "business intelligence executives".

I saw an Imperium where the AI provided an invisible tripwire against internal aggression/revolt as well as providing "Russian Doll" layers of encryption for data and secrets which they would reveal on an as needed basis - up to a including someone having access to something like an Imperial Warrant which they didn't know that they had until the AI determined that a certain criteria were met.

That parallels the spots in the book where the Agent is activated "on the suggestion" (or directive, I'm not sure which) of the ship's computer. Clearly the idea that there is a relatively high-level heuristic monitoring the ship's activities makes sense when there are so many, many things that can threaten the ship, crew, or Imperial systems - most of which are probably highly, highly classified.

Sure, the big fear was that an AI of sufficient power would go rogue (that was a plot point for one campaign) - but (IMTU) the Imperium didn't see any other way to help those in power manage the sheer amounts of data needed to do their jobs.

What really resonated for me was the absolute authority and weight of the Emperor and his representative. Be it fear, respect, or something else, that is something that fits in my vision of the Imperium.

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That parallels the spots in the book where the Agent is activated "on the suggestion" (or directive, I'm not sure which) of the ship's computer.
Just thinking on this and connecting it to something in the T5 rules. Many organisations have a book of rules and regulations (The Book). The Book " detail[s] how any specific situation should be handled bureaucratically".

For the Navy and Scouts when the Danger and Risk rating hits a certain mark it must trigger a certain set of responses according to The Book (which is contained in the computer's programming).

It would be interesting to know what the Imperial Navy's Book Rating or BR is. Which goes to my original comments in this tread about obedience.
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Forn 2404 Kulabisha will need a red zone having gone nova mid 502.

If they can predict a nova to within 6 months, I'd say they have the science down pretty tight.
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Why will it need a red zone 500 years later?
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I assume that T5SS dataset changes will be made one someone picks up the reigns from Don. The Sophont review needs at least two new additions as well.

Hooray for our first canonical world in Itvi! Current sector data there is unofficial, but I'm not updating the name to match Agent just yet.

And I wonder what "Caes" is short for...
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I saw an Imperium where the AI provided an invisible tripwire against internal aggression/revolt as well as providing "Russian Doll" layers of encryption for data and secrets which they would reveal on an as needed basis - up to a including someone having access to something like an Imperial Warrant which they didn't know that they had until the AI determined that a certain criteria were met.
Similar to the "toots" from March Upcountry?
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Why will it need a red zone 500 years later?
A question worth discussing.

First, in 502, 2404 supernovas; These worlds would've been charred. Mach 300 shock wave moving out thousand of light years with a Mach 1000 backwash in system. E687000-0
70% water vaporized. No longer a "Garden world".

This would could have poured gamma rays on local systems. Depending on the type, any system within a 100 light years would have more than noticed. Systems within 25 light years would have had ecological damage. This was a 2 subsector natural disaster not a brief event.

By the Golden Age, the system would either have a black hole, neutron star, or nothing, and gas clouds in the system would have high radiation levels giving off those pretty lights.
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It's a nova - material on a white dwarf exploding. Not a supernova.
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It's a nova - material on a white dwarf exploding. Not a supernova.
To clarify further...

A Nova is not the death throws of a star. The standard nova is a process.
Step 1: Binary system with imbalanced stars.
Step 2: A, the primary, collapses to a white dwarf.
Step 3: B, the companion, is destabilized in orbit, then starts to infall, still burning in the main sequence.
Step 4: As B spirals, it crosses the roche limit, and begins to lose mass to A.
Step 5: when enough "atmosphere" accumulates on A, it fuses.
Step 6: If B survives, it continues to lose mass to A's surface. Go to 5.
Step 6A: eventually, either B impacts A, or B is stripped down to nothing by A, eventually becoming one white dwarf, or maybe even a neutron star.


It can blow up as often as a few decades between bangs, if the stars are close enough.

If big enough, the final BANG from a nova is a type 1A supernova - the mass finally hits the point that the core of A collapses and the shell detonates, usually resulting in a neutron star A and a big ring of ejecta, and a glow that be seen for billions of light years, and can outshine a galaxy... for a few weeks.
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Thanks for the clarification.

However, the planets have a high probability of being laid to waste. In the story line it clearly says everyone will die. It will strip off the Ozone layer and boil the oceans. Perhaps the planet may survive but would be nothing more than another Mars.

We have yet to study worlds within a "Nova/Supernova" solar system. Our only example so far are the elements/ materials that reach Earth from distant events.
Some of the materials discovered lead us to believe there was a near Sol event sometime in recent stellar history.

Red or Yellow zone for sometime to come from natural hazards. Unless Marc says the star stabilized into a white dwarf. Also, if its an unstable star, these events aren't happening over the period of a few years.
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