Drift ICE

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Authoritative Time 19925456009: The settlement u99-Yurt has ceased transmitting. Optical band scans indicate aberrant architectural geometry. Referred to STATE authorities: event provisionally classified as category B Invasive Code Event.

u99-Yurt (former) isolated. Directive from STATE: Assemble Impromptu Inquisitorial Body, category C expendability.

IIB formed, designation IIB-55554. IIB-55554 deployed through u99-Yurt (former) isolation perimeter.

No response.

No response.

No response.

ICE reclassified category A. Directive from STATE: Assemble Impromptu Inquisitorial Body, category B expendability.

Preparing to deploy...

Drift ICE

Aesthetic grounds: Xenosaga, Transistor, Nihei, Souls.

System will be hacked Mage. No Spirit. Life works on nanomechanical devices (like people), matter on cruder objects. Spheres and Arete represent facility at controlling the poorly understood theotech substrate of the Megastructure. Quint is one-time-use special permission codes enabling superior control.

Characters are entities chosen by STATE to investigate the anomaly. Maybe they work for STATE, maybe they have been pressganged. All of them, like all people of capability, can manipulate the Substrate to produce effects. Those who can't are deemed too vulnerable to an ICE.

(you're space cyberwizards, not guys with (only) guns)