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Chapter 22: The Truth in All Things
Date Published: January 24th, 2016
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Arc 2: The Power of Knowledge
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〘〙= Status, Combat Arts & Magical Spells
〚〛= Internal Thoughts
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Chapter 22: The Truth in All Things
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At Starlight Spark’s offices on Atlantis the Boards of Starlight Spark and Falcros Sage Media had been meeting. It was a RET day later than Elrick had thought but it took time to prepare documentation across international boundaries, and it would take some time for all the documentation to be properly signed and circulated around the world for all the signatures necessary to make the sale of equity binding in all jurisdictions where Starlight Spark operated.
Fortunately Falcros Sage Media had done all the legal footwork and consulted independent assessors to evaluate all the legalities even before the proposal was made to Starlight Spark. All that remained was the due diligence on the value of both companies and since Elrick, Edwin, Jason, Estelle and Carol had all signed the sale agreements the transaction was feta complete. All that remained was for the other shareholders to sign off, the amounts settled and for the papers to be filed with the relevant authorities.
The association agreement between Starlight Spark and Falcros Sage Media gave exclusive commercial image management rights of Starlight Spark to Falcros Sage Media. That meant that Falcros Sage Media would handle all publicity, video editing and revenue collection for the Starlight Spark Clan and all its members. For its efforts Falcros Sage Media would take a standard 15% fee on the income from the publication of videos and other media.
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With the paperwork out of the way the meting now focused on what Falcros Sage Media would need to change about Starlight Spark to make their videos more productive. The latest video of Elrick’s activities on Chaos Island would become the first major project and Falcros Sage Media had already done some preliminary edits and now showed it to everyone at the meeting.
They watched the video detailing Elrick’s encounter with the Ants, Squid-Slime and the Serpents.
Carol : " You really are an Annihilator"
Elrick : " Eh? What do you mean?"
Elrick is somewhat surprised.
Carol : " Didn’t you just destroy an entire Colony of Ants that are much stronger than you?"
Elrick : " But….?"
Carol : " And do you know what’s on the other end of that Beam from that Thunder Serpent?"
Carol : " Let me show you"
The Display at the centre of the round table shows a Beam striking the edge of a Beastial village on Chaos Island; obliterating the defences and killing dozens.
Elrick : " Wait? You can’t blame me for that?"
Elrick is determined to avoid taking responsibility.
Edwin : " You started the chain of events did you not?"
Elrick : " It’s not my fault"
Edwin : " And the Roar brought in the Boa"
Jason : " And a clash of Titans began"
Elrick : " Giant Serpents belong to the Titans of the First Age."
Bowden : " And you attacked even knowing that? Are you an Idiot?"
Elrick shrugged his shoulders.
Elrick : " At the time it sounded like a good Idea"
Egret Collins : " You’re a really strange Prion"
Lady Lorelei : " You can say that again."
Egret Collins is the Managing Director of Falcros Sage Media.
Hammerin : " Prion?”
Staffen : " What’s a Prion?"
Lady Lorelei : " Anton, Carol; please explain."
Anton : " Prion is the Name we’ve given ourselves"
After the other 16 Starlight Executives look at each other in stunned surprise Anton and Carol continue the explanation.
Anton and Carol explain in detail about the talents of the acutely intelligent beings known as Prions. They explain the history of the Prions, and for the first time even Bowden understands that he’d been given a simplified version. They explain about the Advanced Learning Institutes and similar centres all over the world. They explain the stated purpose of the Advanced Learning Institutes but also go into detail about the underlying Goals of the ALI and similar structures.
The way they explained it Prions are humans as they should be or as they used to be; unlimited in their ability to learn. The consensus amongst Prions is that over the past millennia humans have been progressively herded into narrow thinking and behaviour by those who had an interest in controlling the populace and thereby limiting natural inclinations of humans to rise above their limitations.
According to Anton and Carol Prions have tended to spring up and rock the boat but have generally been contained by the authorities. However every now and then Prions would start a revolution through invention or political actions. Being Prion isn’t something necessarily genetic so even if you kill all the Prions they’ll still emerge at some point in the future.
The room was silent once Anton and Carol finished the explanation.
Ring : " Are you the Illuminati?"
Elrick : " Crap!"
Elrick knows that the entrenched belief of the Illuminati bogyman is hard to deal with.
Anton : " The Bavarian Illuminati might have been a Prion group, but there’s no way of knowing. But the goal of global enlightenment or illumination is one we share."
Carol : " Prions aren’t necessarily Homogeneous, but because of our common enemy we tend to aligned in our goals."
Arrow : " The Elite you spoke of?"
Anton : " Understand that this is mostly conjecture, and we have never been able to pinpoint who they are exactly."
Carol : " We only see evidence of their activities, but it is compelling."
Carol : " Sunken cities all over the world are revealing a truth long dismissed by the Science Gurus and it is now obvious that there were towns and cities even 30,000 years ago. There are 40,000 year old mines in South Africa and human settlements dating back 150,000 years. As if that’s not enough proof there’s the long standing problem of Megalithic Structures all over the world; even sunken ones. Someone had the technology to move massive 1,000 ton monuments and obelisks thousands of years ago."
Anton : " There’s an emerging Prion consensus about a civilization originating from a place called Aten Lantea; more commonly known as Atlantis”
Carol : " We call them Lanteans"
Carol : " Now world class surgeons have extracted implants in people; the implants are made from Amorphous Materials our modern technology can’t identify."
Anton : " The Amorphous Materials are the Absolute proof that someone has Technology that no Science Lab in any country can identify. It suggests a technology not derived from the current level of modern science."
Carol : " It is postulated that the Start of the end of the Ice Age some 21,000 years ago ending some 10,000 years ago reshaped the landmass of the world; about 25 million square kilometres of land was swallowed up by the sea. However before the melting the landmass of the Earth looked very different and because of the sunken cities we know that there was a civilization. We are convinced that the pre-deluge civilization had advanced technology that we are unfamiliar with. We’ve noted a concerted effort to drive our civilization towards certain types of technology and away from others."
Anton : " Nonetheless we can conclude that Megalithic Structures, the UFO phenomenon, Ancient Gods and modern Religions are somehow connected to this place called Aten Lantea."
Anton : " Just because it’s a conspiracy theory doesn’t negate its probability. In fact there is so much evidence for this that it’s those who argue against it that sound a bit on the ridiculous. However the average human is an Idiot so even things that look obvious to a Prion seem insurmountable to normal people."
Daggerin : " So these Lanteans are the Illuminati?"
Carol : " What was the crime of the Illuminati? Why were they demonized?"
Anton : " All they did was try to pursue Liberty for Humanity. Is that really that big a deal?"
Anton : " The Illuminati was branded as Evil for trying to free mankind from Superstitious beliefs. Just as Lucifer son of the Morning was branded evil for giving knowledge to humans. We suspect Lucifer and Prometheus are the same Lantean individual; a god who sided with humans. What is so wrong about eating of the fruit of knowledge?"
Carol : " It sounds like a Lantean plot to dissuade humanity from learning."
Anton : " The religions of the world seem to be about binding humanity and keeping us from advancing beyond set limits, and once religious belief started to loose power we started to see radical political ideologies such as nationalism and the associated xenophobia and racism."
Carol : " The Lanteans seem to have Collaborators who gain wealth and power over their compatriots through service to their Lantean Masters."
Carol : " Sure there are some independents here and there, but the powers that be don’t have to be in direct control to manipulate you."
Anton : " They control humans in ways we don’t understand."
Carol : " And therein lays the problem; we think that some Lantean Factions are for lack of a better description Psychic."
Anton : " It sounds incredulous; I know, believe me I know."
Hammerin : " Let me see If I’m getting this right; these Lanteans have somehow pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes and control humanity like we’re some kind of cattle. Why?"
Daggerin : " Why bother putting on this show?"
Anton : " Why? There’s no simple answer to that question, but what we no is that Lanteans are not Homogeneous. So you have multiple competing agendas. I believe that Aten Lantea was not a country but an Empire and the end of the Ice age triggered strife as the empire broke up. Some say there was even a Nuclear war given the large scale Vitrification in places like the Indus Valley parts of Africa and other sites."
Swordin : " Even so; you still intend to fight? Knowing full well you can’t win?"
Elrick : " I’m not fighting anything; I’m just trying to survive"
Lady Lorelei : " Still trying to run away?"
Elrick : " Damm Right! I’ll never stop trying to run or find a place to run to."
Anton : " We can’t help opposing the Lanteans; throwing a spanner in their plans is sort of what we do or what it means to be a Prion."
Carol : " We are a herd that can’t be herded; we go where the information trail leads because that is our food. We are probably the biggest hindrance to whatever plans the Lanteans have for humanity; this experiment they been running for 10,000 years. I suspect Prions have been mucking the works from the very beginning; that is likely why they tried to make knowledge taboo."
Anton : " They can’t destroy Prions because it’s like it’s hardwired into every human. Which is why we think the answer has to be making every human into a Prion."
Carol : " You could call it Prion reproduction; it’s our biological imperative."
Bowden : " Why Realm Eternal?"
Anton : " Good Question! Why? Because it’s suspicious that’s why."
Anton : " It’s not unusual for a Prion to be limited by their environment; never maturing into the universal knowledge mind that epitomizes what we are. Thanks to the ALI and similar institutes there’s a Prion boom, and the world is being remade by the large presence of a group who won’t accept anything on faith. We investigate, we research and we pioneer. The Lanteans find it hard to deal with us; we’re not gonna believe a voice in the wilderness claiming to be God, we’re not gonna accept that some knowledge is forbidden and our minds are to complex too accept subtle manipulations. Therefore the only way they can get a Prion to do something is to convince us, and that means giving a detailed explanation of their activities and intensions."
Carol : " As you might expect the Lanteans aren’t about to share their Super secret knowledge with us mere mortals. Realm Eternal seems too secure; almost as if it was made to thwart Lantean interference."
Anton : " It seems as though it was made by someone fully aware of the Lanteans; Prions. If Realm Eternal was made by Prions then it’s likely yet another Giant Spanner in the works; just like virtual reality."
Swordin : " Virtual Reality?"
Carol : " Virtual Reality is probably the biggest blunder the Lanteans have made in 10,000 years; it will undo everything they’ve built."
Carol : " It is chaos incarnate and will reverse the gains made by the powers that be. I suspect that in 10 years the global industrial output would have halved"
Hammerin : " Virtual Reality will do that?"
Elrick : " What do you suppose is Europe’s advantage over India, Africa or South America?"
Hammerin : " Hmmmm …….. Could it be public infrastructure?"
Chester : " It’s not just about Schools is it?"
Elrick : " No; It’s the New World Order!"
Elrick : " We are already seeing a 4% decline in global manufacturing despite all the Advent Consortium’s increase in production. Looking at it it’s readily apparent why the Governments who own the Advent Consortium refused to hand over VR technology to the private sector; it would have been like shooting themselves in the foot. The over $500 Billion being spent on VR by Advent Consortium at an alarming rate is designed to be anti-competitive; that is it is meant to make the emergence of competing VR infrastructure unprofitable. This is multi-State monopoly; a deliberate attempt to take back control of the global economy from the Corporate Elite."
Bowden : " A Corporate Elite aligned to the Lanteans?"
Staffen : " Are you suggesting that the Governments will deliberately gut their own economies?"
Boot : " Politicians are all about Survival; so how will they survive with their economies in ruin?"
Elrick : " Politicians are naturally inclined towards control, and in the current Global Order they have no control of their national economies; that control rests with the Oligarchy that is the cartel of the Corporate Elite. The only reason the Politicians haven’t rebelled is that it wasn’t politically feasible."
Shieldor : " You’re saying it’s feasible now?"
Shieldor : " But how is it feasible?"
Bowden : " Dammit Elrick! Why didn’t you tell us?"
Bowden flashes Elrick an annoyed look to which Elrick responds with a shrug.
Elrick : " And ruin the surprise? Don’t assume that Prions are a tree hugging cuddly bunch who want to save the world; we’re just like the normal humans in that we’re driven by our selfish desires. Besides no one in this room is a commoner, we are all far removed from the common man."
Daggerin : " What do you mean? I interact with normal people all the time."
As expected there was a nearly endless stream of questions until the Starlight Execs were given answers they could understand.
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With the subject of Prions dealt with to a satisfactory level the discussions moved on to the applications to Realm Eternal; specifically the goals of the 2 companies in Realm Eternal. Now that everyone understood the Importance of Virtual Reality and its eventual ascendance to the centre of human society they could no longer treat it as a side project; everyone had to be fully engaged, and they all had to align their goals towards a convergent purpose.
The subject of a Realm Eternal country came up.
Daggerin : " If we’re talking about setting up a country shouldn’t we include the other Nova Clans in the discussions?"
Lady Lorelei : " What would be the point of that? The others don’t bring anything to the table that we don’t already have, and by that reasoning including them in the planning will only make the process tedious. Besides we’ve already received Mithriliar’s consent so that should be enough."
Egret Collins : " If we’re being completely honest; yes. It’s true that Elrick’s consent is all that is legally necessary since he’s the majority stockholder, but Elrick himself values your opinion and desires your consent, and that’s why you are seeing full disclosure. Elrick isn’t particularly special except for the fact that he is family to our major shareholders, so we need Elrick because they need him."
Bowden : " Ah; you’re in the same boat as us?"
Egret Collins : " Well; yes. Ordinarily it would have been preferable for Elrick to be in Winged Sage Falcros but this and that happened …"
He looks over at Lorelei.
Lady Lorelei : " Eh?"
Seeing Egret look at her accusingly Lorelei guiltily looks away.
Egret Collins : " We have to make due with the situation as it is. That being said it’s convenient for our purposes that Elrick has been so successful; it has become easier to implement our grand strategy because Starlight is in this premier position. Given how important virtual reality is becoming we have to be fully committed to this project, and given that Falcros has a goal of wielding power through influence with Atlantians forming a Realm Eternal country is perfectly logical."
Grinder : " I’m more interested in how you plan to finance this country; the security, the buildings and so on"
Elrick : " I think the expectation is that Starlight will finance the project."
Grinder : " The hell we will!"
Elrick : " Ordinarily I’d be with you Grinder, but I’ve discovered a construction method and security system that would be affordable."
Grinder : " Really? Let’s hear it."
Bowden : " The desert?"
Elrick : " But it fits the purpose; no one wants it, it’s close to Cobalt City and the desert is a natural barrier. Admittedly the lack of water is a serious problem but this is a magical Realm after all; it may not be possible to conjure water from nothing but it should be relatively easier to pipe the water from the sea."
Bowden : " Pipe the water from the sea? If we’re to remain close to Cobalt City it means a 1000km long pipeline. The cost will be ridiculous!"
Grinder : " Even if you take into account the use of construction magic the 1000km long pipeline would be hard to build and protect."
Elrick : " I understand that magic isn’t a panacea. So I propose that we dig to 1.5-2km deep and then tunnel all the way to the ocean. Given the topology of the area it would put us at least 470m below sea level by the time we reach the ocean. That would make it possible to construct an underground lake to make water available to water Mages for purification."
Anton : " Dig a 1000km tunnel? I like it!"
Bowden : " I think Elrick is planning to do the digging himself."
Anton : " Really? Elrick; Let’s see your stats."
Elrick : " 「Show 〘Status〙」"
Name: Elrick Starlight
『HP = 6691』『MP = 2975』『Atk = 454.469』『Deff = 502.534』
《Strength = 257 ( + 150)》 - 《Agility = 224 ( + 200)》 - 《Dexterity = 133 ( + 50)》 - 《Durability = 277 ( + 150)》 - 《Endurance = 285 ( + 200)》 - 《Sensitivity = 8》 - 《Vitality = 153 ( + 100)》 - 《Eyesight = 82》 - 《Charisma = 1》 - 《Leadership = 1》 - 《Awareness = 148 ( + 50)》 - 《Reputation = 0》 - 《Observation = 275 ( + 50)》 - 《Knowledge = 310 ( + 50)》 - 《Wisdom = 463 ( + 50)》 - 《Intelligence = 412 ( + 50)》
『Mana Shaping = 1017』
『Magic Skill = 1669』
Magic Sub-Skills, Affinity & Proficiency:
【Earth Magic Exp = 0 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」】 - 【Fire Magic Exp = 0 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」】 - 【Wind Magic EXP = 0 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」】 - 【Water Magic EXP = 0 ;「Aff = 2.5」 ;「Prof = 2.5」】- 【Ice Magic Exp = 0 ;「Aff = 2.5」 ;「Prof = 2.5」】 - 【Alchemy Magic Exp = 294 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」】 - 【Appraisal Magic Exp = 284 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」】 - 【Enchantments Magic Exp = 0 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」5】 【Light Magic Exp = 22 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」】 - 【Plant Magic Exp = 0 ;「Aff = 2.5」 ;「Prof = 2.5」】 - 【Psionic Magic Exp = 0 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」】 - 【Rune Magic Exp = 15 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」】 - 【Sound Magic Exp = 0 ;「Aff = 5」;「Prof = 5」- 【Shadow Magic Exp = 0 ;「Aff = 1」;「Prof = 1」】.
『Physical Combat Skills』= Click to View
『Corporeal Skills』= Click to View
『Auxiliary Skills』= Click to View
『Crafting Skills』= Click to View
Jason : " Eh?"
Edwin : " HeHeHeHe"
Lady Lorelei : " Show me your skills in Detail?"
Elrick : " 「Show 『Skills』」"
Edwin : " This is …?"
Jason : " Completely ….."
Carol : " Idiotic!"
Egret Collins : " It’s like you’re an Idiot, but we know you’re smart so; you’re a dumb smart guy?”
Anton : " You realize that a Jack of all Trades doesn’t work in reality right?"
Carol : " If you spread your skills so wide you won’t be able to grow them any useful state. Realm Eternal is brutal about EXP gain; there isn’t enough time to level all those skills without others leaving you behind."
Egret Collins : " Your 『Mana Shaping』 is impressive though, and I can appreciate that you currently have survival needs, but even so people who’ve taken up some of these skill have grown them substantially faster because they haven’t spread themselves this widely. Given what I’m seeing it’s crucial that All the Starlight Execs take part in our Memory Imprints protocol."
Anton : " We made a Deal with 5 Academy professors for Memory Imprints at 50 Gold Coins per person."
Carol : " The fields chosen are; Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geology and Mathematics. All of the fields are recognizable but the knowledge has a magical twist.”
Egret Collins : " We intend to take all of the members of Winged Sage Falcros through the imprints. Prions have a fairly good grasp of the subjects but there are only 74 Prions in Winged Sage Falcros."
Lady Lorelei : " If Starlight is to interact with us at meaningful level the knowledge level has to change for the better. And if it works it will validate one of the core goals of Prions."
Axil : " If we get the Memory Imprints we get smarter?"
Anton : " In simple terms; yes! The Memory Imprints are at the technical level of a Master’s Degree so if you want more you’ll have to go to a research institute to buy a Magical Heritage at some 10,000 Gold Coins."
Swordin : " This deal you worked out sounds fine; affordable to Starlight I think."
Egret Collins : " Good"
Carol : " To think Elrick would do something this outlandish; really Elrick?"
Lady Lorelei : " Elrick; your Status looks terrible unless you’re going for a full Mana Build. Elrick; Are you aiming for 〘Divine Protection〙?"
Swordin : " 〘Divine Protection〙?"
Bowden : " What’s that?"
Hammerin : " Is there something that offers 〘Divine Protection〙 in Realm Eternal? I thought there were no Gods?"
Daggerin : " There aren’t any Gods; it says so on the Phoenix Website."
Egret Collins : " 〘Divine Protection〙 Is a Restricted Magic Spell; granted only to Nobility with the peerage rank of Laird and above. A Laird with「5,000 Clansman and 1000 Soldiers」 is granted the right to purchase the Spell at a cost of 2000 Gold Coins and gains the Ability to grant 〘Divine Protection〙 to Clansman."
Edwin : " 〘Divine Protection〙 is less impressive than it sounds; all it does is grant your Clansman access to your Mana."
Shieldor : " Mana transfer? To those of us with low Mana it could be a Lifesaver."
Bowden : " And it’s probably why Elrick is going down that path; being able to affect the flow of battle by topping up his allies is Elrick’s style after all."
Egret Collins : " Natives never use 〘Divine Protection〙 because MP potions are an easier alternative and the Nobility is aristocratic after all; something like that isn’t in keeping with that culture."
Lady Lorelei : " To think you would go that way? It seems as though you’ve come to terms with who and what you are."
Elrick : " I’ve made peace with it."
Lady Lorelei : " Good to hear. Let’s hear how you plan to build cheaply then."
Elrick : " Right; The answer to the questions likely in everyone’s mind is Termite Mounds. Basically I want to capture a few giant termite queens and orderly set up Termite Mounds like Skyscrapers in any modern City, and once the colony reaches a peak we’ll harvest the Termites to serve as nourishment for the Fungal Spore-Seed of the Crystal Plant. The second part of my plan involves using the Fungal Spore-Seed of the Crystal Plant as a Border wall."
Egret Collins : " Aren’t those Fungal Spore-Seed of the Crystal Plant a bit too dangerous? What if the Spores are blown to a town by the wind?"
Anton : " And the Crystal Plants themselves are also extremely dangerous they are just as likely to kill friendly and enemy alike."
Carol : " It’s not like the Fungal Spore-Seed of the Crystal Plant isn’t available on Ado; it’s just that it’s kept in restricted gardens for public safety. The Spores need to be kept moist in a mucosal substance and aren’t airborne, and they primarily spread through physical contact. A well prepared enemy could just as easily break through a forest of carnivorous Crystal Plants, but doing so will require a lot of preparation and resources."
Edwin : " I think that’s Elrick’s point; a deterrence more than anything."
Jason : " Breaking through 100km of Crystal Plant forest would pose a significant challenge to even the better off countries of Ado."
Lady Lorelei : " Is that why you had Bowden take all the bodies of the dead Calimado fighters? Do you plan to use them as food for the Fungal Spore-Seed of the Crystal Plant?"
Elrick : " No; my plan is to use the bodies to grow the larvae of the 5cm long variant of the housefly. The larvae will be the food for the Fungal Spore-Seed of the Crystal Plant. I think it’s important that we decide on the type of country we want to build, and for at least 5 years RET I’ll have public service obligations as part of the leniency shown by the Light Elf king for my crimes."
Lady Lorelei : " That means you already decided on the model, and since Starlight is in the stronger position the rest of Nova has to go along with it if we want to keep Starlight in Nova."
Elrick : " I wouldn’t exactly put it that way …."
Egret Collins : " But that’s how it is. Were not accusing you of anything, but we know the score, and you’ve worked hard enough to earn the right to take the lead. And since we’re dependent we’ll follow without complaints; as long as our goals are aligned."
Edwin : " So what sort of Country do you want?"
Jason : " So you plan to be a King?"
Elrick : " Eventually"
Carol : " I suppose you’ll want to build 8 cities instead of 1 mega city?"
Egret Collins : " It’s needlessly complicated but doable. Let’s hear more then."
Elrick continued his explanations.
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