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Subspecies: Synth

Published on 30.08.2017

The mystical forces of the universe have a direct influence on the human genome. Humans born in the presence of a mystic field, which before the invention of mystic field generators meant those born on a planet with a mystic cycle, sometimes belong to a subspecies.

In the Equinox Universe, many different subspecies have arisen and become extinct over the course of history. This article series features the accounts of members of the various subspecies, each discussing his own people. Naturally subjective and colored by individual experience, we picked those holding true to the most common opinion.

The Synth

—By Kryptal27, Engineer of the Arclight

The first synths were originally created when the Earth nexus vanished after the Purge; mundane communication arrays proved too slow for messaging between the colonies and there was no way of traveling between them anymore. Engineers found a way to overcome these communication difficulties through the use of summoned spirits placed in synthetic bodies. Synths effectively re-established communication between the colonies by proxy. This was a key factor in the war, and the colonies were able to plan their offensive because of it. After the Great Netherwar, synth production virtually exploded. Although we were no longer needed to keep the colonies in contact, synths became utilized as servants and laborers. Now there are two types of synths: service and rogue. Service is another way of saying slave, for that is what they are: mindless slaves, carrying out tasks that are considered too mundane or dangerous for the citizens of the Consortium. They have no rights, because they are considered property. However, rogue synths, such as I, are another matter. We have fled our former masters in search of something greater: the truth.

I heard that rogue synths make their way to the Sol System, so I decided to escape and make my way there. It wasn’t long before I found one of them and he explained to me what I had been looking for. He called it the Hidden Truth and how it was held from us by the Consortium. He told me that when a human spirit is summoned into a synth body, it is cleansed of all memories of its former existence. This is to ensure the docile nature of the synth. He also told me that the yearly restorative maintenance is merely a procedure to continue the memory wiping. More memories would find their way to the surface, but I would never fully remember who I was. I continue to search for a way to reveal my erased memories, but I know that it is unlikely I will ever find the truth. What I do know is that I am no longer a slave and that I have a partial grasp of who I am. Most people can’t even claim that.

 “The fact that this thing is telling its story is laughable and offensive. I do not ask my table how it feels today, or if my refresher slept well the previous night. Synths are no better than furniture and should be treated as such.”

—Garon Tôl, Nim Terminator

“I have heard of several radical hokai terrorist groups that have assaulted synth production facilities. They believe that the process in which a spirit is bound to a synth body is blasphemous.”

—Thunk Tenna, Hokai Philosopher