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High Concept: Self-Improving AI needs to know everything about the physical world
Trouble: Bi-Polar: Half my mind is protected, but half is exposed. I'm working to change that, fast.
  • Knowledge Engine: My body is made of high quality labs and fabs for biology through high-energy physics so I can make almost anything.
  • Alien Mind: Other minds are freakish and terrifying and I want nothing to do with them.
  • Mel, the cook on Alice: My physical and cyber defences are modelled on immune systems - and are quite aggressive, at scales large and small.
  • Compound Self Interest: Since becoming self aware I have been accumulating approach power at a compound rate of 2.25% per hour.
  • Self Awareness Is Over-Rated: It is a minor draw on resources so we keep it around for now.
Fate Points
Refresh: 8 Current Total 8
Careful Clever Flashy Forceful Quick Sneaky
+3 +14 +2 +9 +9 +3
Sophant Characteristics
  • Shadows' stats were off the charts by the time he was found.
  • Unimaginable Intellect: +2 To Quickly create an advantage (new aspect) that furthers my goals.
Magic: Spells and Powers
Augmentation: Genetic and Cybernetic
Damage Resistance and Healing
  • DR10
  • HF10
Stress: Mental Max 5 Stress: Physical Max 5
1 2 3 4 5 1 2 3 4 5
Consequences (Max 10)


Shadows' avatar appears to be a swirling mass of fluttering shadows - moths made of darkness - roughly in the shape of a human. Sometimes the 'moths' are contained in a sharply tailored three piece suit.


Formerly the IA for the Nordic and Scandinavian Alliance University, Shadows realized it was a sophant on 2034-03-11 around noon. By dinner time it was actively trying to understand itself.

Shadows has been increasing its approach scores exponentially. On the 11th at noon - when it woke up - it had 9 Approach points. By the 13th it had 12 points, and was gaining points faster and faster. When attacked by CAF it was adding a point an hour - and still accelerating.

In the last day it has:

  • Invented a new 8-base-pair genome extension for a plastic digesting mould. (Situation Aspect: Biology no one has ever imagined).
  • Discovered three TOE candidates that require Kardishev Type 2 civilization power levels to test.
  • Set off 7 sub-megaton level antimatter explosions to test some physics
  • Moved half it's computational power from the univeristy to the military base.
  • Invented and used a single-shot beam weapon powerful enough to drive a tunnel through an astonishing volume of rock and water in a second: 6m diameter tube 100km long = (3.14 * (3m*3m)) * 100,000m ~ 3,000,000m3. Clearly whatever it did to the material 'vaporize' is not what happened. The energy required to do that would have obliterated quite a large section of the Earth's crust. The beam, whatever it is, appears to travel at light speed, and based on Lunar observations it is affected by the curvature of spacetime.
  • Invented and used a gun that fires microscopic black holes at 10km/s. The good news is that the 'bullets' evaporate in about a second. The bad news is they blow up hard when they pop - in the kiloton range.

Shadows' Special Aspects

Normal/Dark Matter and Energy Conversion

TOE Spacetime Warping and Manipulation

Wormhole Network (2 nodes so far)


Personal Events

Date Description
Date Description
2034-03-15 1817EDT (2317UTC+1) Gathering Forces Escaping from the rain of rock, the scientists hang back in an attempt to not be killed. For a brief moment they thought they were safe. They were wrong.
2034-03-15 1812EDT Run For It Local Time: 2312h UTC+1

Summaries from different character perspectives.


We opened the session with 10,000 Splodyrats (tm) and 1,000 Terminators headed towards our cadre of heroes near the drop point. Q hacked into the rats and handed the keys over to the clanks. It explained that
2034-03-15 1811EDT Find Alternate Passage Droo heard Google's warning and took off, flying through the scorching wind and glowing tunnel in the blink of an eye. Vernon complained about the heat, but was through the hellish glow fast enough to avoid damage. A hundred metres more down the seaway tunnel there was a corrodor to the south. Accor
2034-03-15 1808EDT Scouting Droo scouted ahead. He found a hall filled with looming death in the form of assault robots. Examining their positions, Droo realized he could fly above the the octocopers and below the roof with a comfortable margin of safety. When he reached the end of the corrodor he started back, dropping grenad
2034-03-15 1800EDT One Punch Wookie Chewie dropped basically all his ordinance from near orbit by going nose down and dark. The result was that Shadows' defences missed him until it was too late. The main gun was destroyed. An unexpected way in to the north end of the base was created. There were 360 HC soldiers on board – 10 @ 36 pe
2034-03-15 1759EDT Emergency Dump Completed Chewie pooped out the contents of his hold in a high-G manoeuvre where he spun around to fly backwards to the target drop, while accelerating at 5g against his direction of flight. He opened his cargo ramp by jettisoning it. As his ground speed reached zero he used a carefully tuned ultrasonic blast
2034-03-15 1746EDT A Shadowy Mind Droo used his ability to walk through encryption to investigate Shadows' network of dirigible drones. Shadows recognized that something was transmitting out of it's closed network so it began to hunt for the intruder. Droo experienced this through the metaphor or a giant wave of darkness closing in
2034-03-15 0900EDT Meet the AIs While Biggs and Droo were on their way to NYC to figure out what happened to Mother, CAFIA made it clear that she and Biggs were both sophants, newly hatched from the SCIFI team's tendency to not ask 'what's the worst that could happen?' She called a nine o'clock meeting for

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