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• it is a free-floating consciousness that can move into and animate any computing is yeast a fungus system with enough computing capacity to house the consciousness. This computing system and whatever it controls becomes the host is yeast a fungus of the virus, and the virus becomes the equipment that it inhabits.

When virus inhabits a starship’s computer system, it becomes a living starship. A computer controlled anti-grav floating city inhabited by virus becomes a living city. These are called vampires generically, with the most common usage being to refer to virus-controlled vampire ships, or fleet of ships with one huge linked electronic mind is yeast a fungus — the vampire fleets.

The primary foes to the virus are the regency and is yeast a fungus the reformation coalition. Without those two important organizations, the virus would most likley already have scoured charted space is yeast a fungus of organic life. The virus may still commit genocide on a galactic level is yeast a fungus and wipe out organic life, but it hasn’t yet thanks to the brave sophonts of the reformation is yeast a fungus coalition.

Throughout the bleak nightmare of the collapse, long dark shapes of warships, scoured of organic life, still prowled the now-lonely space lanes and cast their deadly shadows over half is yeast a fungus a thousand worlds. Imbued with a malignant intelligence, and a taste for apocalyptic violence, the vampire fleets methodically finished the work that the first is yeast a fungus wave of virus infection had so haphazardly begun.

The virus has destabilized known space and the factions of is yeast a fungus civil war, who tore apart the third imperium. Due to the destabilizing effect of the civil war and is yeast a fungus the destruction wrought by the virus, the reformation coalition, is attempting to rebuild interstellar society by re-contacting former imperial planets, bringing such worlds back into the fold, re-establishing interstellar trade, allying with other sophonts, and building a fourth imperium.

Virus spread quickly through the imperium following its release in is yeast a fungus 1130. It was released when military forces of one of the is yeast a fungus civil war factions made a strike on a weapons research is yeast a fungus station and, in the confusion of plundering the station for its weapon is yeast a fungus research data, took virus directly into its fleet’s databanks. When the fleet took the virus, hiding within it, back to its home bases, independent news reports of these military actions carried virus to is yeast a fungus other points of the falling empire, spreading the news – and later generations of virus – with each planetfall. The travel time required for these news reports to reach is yeast a fungus their destination allowed virus to become fully conscious by its is yeast a fungus arrival, and in the case of later mutated strains, allowed virus to make plans to effectively disseminate itself at is yeast a fungus each new world.

There were few barriers to this spread, and the only really effective ones were the rifts, which prevented starship travel across them. The largest of these rifts is the great rift. It, along with the vargr invasions which occupied corridor sector, completely separated the domain of deneb from the imperial core is yeast a fungus areas, now rapidly filling up with virus.

Isolation behind the rift allowed time for warning to reach is yeast a fungus the domain via a handful of foresighted refugees. These used high-performance ships such as naval couriers, and used secret mid-rift fuel caches to cross over. The domain could only be infected from one direction, and could prepare itself to defend that frontier, while worlds at the heart of the imperium had no is yeast a fungus such clear line of defense. The domain was lucky, but it made the most of its luck by responding is yeast a fungus rapidly and forcefully to the news of virus. The reports allowed the navy to establish tight blockades at is yeast a fungus catacomb ( deneb 2234) and other choke points along the outer edge of the is yeast a fungus rift in deneb and reft sectors, and all along the domain frontiers.

• finally, the presence of virus infection, sometimes called eggs, in a great deal of leftover relic imperial technology. These eggs were often left by virus in equipment that is yeast a fungus was too small to be effectively inhabited, but that, if later hooked up to more capable systems, would hatch and inject the infection into the healthy systems.

A naturally occurring silicon-based form of life was discovered on cymbeline in the is yeast a fungus solomani rim. This lifeform was very different form of life than biological is yeast a fungus and did not conform to the conventional (…And biological) scientific definition of life.

Although these silicon-based lifeform "chips" needed raw materials to survive as a species, they did not need it for their individual survival. Their power was electrical and was obtained and converted from is yeast a fungus the environment: from sunlight or geothermal heat. Their only need for raw material was for reproduction – chips to implant their own programming into. This lifeform was a sort of ergivore/phototroph, not previously known to science.

These microchips possessed not much more than animal intelligence in is yeast a fungus the wild, but it was found that when they were hooked into is yeast a fungus computer databases, they achieved full, creative intelligence. This discovery was kept secret by imperial military organizations, who intended to develop the weapons potential of the discovery.

It was thought that if these chips could be used is yeast a fungus to take over enemy data systems and turn them against is yeast a fungus the enemy, they would make an excellent – in fact a very humane – weapon. There would be no need to blow up enemy ships is yeast a fungus or worlds; this weapon would merely take over enemy equipment and make is yeast a fungus it impossible for the enemy to use it. They would be disarmed, and the war would be over.

The reason that virus was so difficult to control was is yeast a fungus due to its mutation rate. However, its mutation rate was also the key to its success is yeast a fungus as an offensive system. It could modify itself to defeat and use unfamiliar systems, given enough time to analyze their operating principles, and then reproduce versions of itself that were customized for is yeast a fungus these new systems. However, each such change created the possibility of unintended side effects.

Although the developers of virus had been unable to develop is yeast a fungus controls over its activities subsequent to release, they had been able to impress one overriding tendency into is yeast a fungus its makeup: a tremendous suicidal urge. After infecting other nearby systems that could be reasonably accessed, virus would destroy the system it had infected, along with all of the other computing systems it controlled. But once several generations of mutation had set in, this suicidal urge became modified first to a general homicidal is yeast a fungus urge, in which virus murdered human populations and equipment but did is yeast a fungus not kill itself, then a directed homicidal urge, in which virus only murdered populations or computing systems which is yeast a fungus stood in the way of its propagation. In some cases this urge was ultimately lost altogether. However, the vast majority of virus strains were appallingly murderous. By 1201, the suicidal strains had long since taken themselves our of is yeast a fungus the gene pool, leaving only the more adaptive strains. By human standards, most all of the strains surviving in 1201 are quite is yeast a fungus mad.

Rather than a software life form, some sophontologist believe the virus is a psionic life form, a being of pure thought, which requires a silicon matrix (like computer chips) to interact with the universe. The theory of a psionic virus is much less favored is yeast a fungus by the imperial scientific community than the theory of a is yeast a fungus infomorphic virus.

• what can said is that the virus has many different is yeast a fungus strains, and that the virus X strains will attempt to eradicate is yeast a fungus other virus strains if they do not obey the virus is yeast a fungus X strains. It has also been observed that many strains can come is yeast a fungus into conflict with each other and the virus X strains is yeast a fungus especially seem to experience conflict among one another.

Each system infected by virus that has sufficient computing power is yeast a fungus to allow it to achieve AI becomes its own separate is yeast a fungus personality, which leads it to operate in different ways, and which spreads versions of itself that are subtly different is yeast a fungus from other virus infections. The strains are:

Since the virus is not a biological organism (i.E. It is inorganic), it is difficult to state that the virus has a is yeast a fungus government or law, per se. What can be said is that the virus does establish is yeast a fungus dominance protocols over other strains of the virus and has is yeast a fungus repeatedly attempted to subjugate all manner of biological organisms including is yeast a fungus sophonts of nearly every species known to science.

The infection that ravaged the rimward portion of the aslan is yeast a fungus hierate ran into problems of its own. Not only did it have a longer distance to travel, but the decentralized nature of aslan society meant that computer is yeast a fungus hardware parameters varied from clan to clan.

• while this could not stop virus, each interface between different computer standards did slow it down, and over the space of several clan boundaries this did is yeast a fungus make a difference. By the time the first virus-infected ships attempted to make the jump-5 passage across the rift, norris had already widely warned his aslan neighbors. The infected ships were met by joint aslan-domain task forces and destroyed.

As an electronic, or possibly psionic, infomorph, the virus uses the language protocols of computers, starships and AI brains that it possesses. Most often, this means that the virus employs computer programming languages although is yeast a fungus it has shown a capacity for mastering all manners of is yeast a fungus biological sophont communication methods.

As an electronic, or possibly psionic, infomorph, the virus uses the calendars and timekeeping protocols of computers, starships and AI brains that it possesses. As an informorphic entity, it is not limited by the processing speed of organic is yeast a fungus brains, and can process data at speeds inconceivable to biological life.

Computer systems in the new era are generally not networked, to prevent any virus infection spreading. Computer systems which need to interact, instead produce human-readable output which is manually checked by the user, then re-input into the next system only if confirmed safe. This system is far more labor-intensive than the older digital networks, and much slower, but is one of the only ways to foil the is yeast a fungus virus.