Tetra Sovereign was a place where buildings spiralled upward, and technology slowly integrated into everyday people. Cultures were pushed out in favour of money and self-interest. Corporations, preying on the poor and desperate, started programs encouraging mass human trials for pay. A great many sacrificed parts of themselves - or even their lives - so businesses could study the effects of machinery integration on human tissue.
Once integration was perfected, experiments began on moving people’s brains into fully mechanical bodies. During this time, scientists began mapping out the human brain and simulating a network off the resulting patterns and pathways.
The first human brain mapped, translated and uploaded successfully belonged to scientist Claudia Delphi. Upon being uploaded, Claudia reported a strange “minty feeling” and immediate boredom. She demanded that the server housing her consciousness be given input sensors, locomotion ability, and a way to physically manipulate the environment around her.
Research began on the creation of megaservers, intended to house several human minds at once. Nanorobotics had evolved, and a process was created to break down any carbon-based material and reform it in a completely different chemical structure.
Protests and anti-integration sentiment were on the rise. An influential activist named Aditya Dax underwent an upload into one of the many server nodes to sew dissention on the inside. After days of no communication from Aditya, a message rang out from every speaker attached to a public network. It extolled the virtues of the digital world and made promises to those that would join him.
Many didn’t believe the message, and some surmised that Aditya was killed on entry. Doubt fractured the movement and corporations quickly took advantage. With megaserver production in full swing, outreach programs began to key members of the anti-integration movement. Discounts and private digital spaces were traded, causing the movement to break up into several in-fighting factions.
As more uploaded, society’s priorities shifted and the barrier for entry dropped. Facilities were abandoned with equipment still active, resulting in failed upload attempts and ultimately complete packet loss. Mass uploads started in earnest as people fled from carbon deconstruction robots.
Across the continent were reports of cities being stripped for their carbon. Places promising to be safe would announce on open networks only to fall silent days later. Digital maps no longer referenced roads, but instead mapped out server nodes that made up something called The Nexus. A place in Sector One at Site Three was dubbed Titan’s Cradle, where it was rumoured extremely advanced technology was being created. Animal life started to disappear en masse.
In the face of such changes and destruction, many of the integrated refused to be uploaded and took up the last name Dax. They became adept at working on themselves out of self-preservation and creating modules that hid themselves from carbon deconstruction units.
Eventually carbon harvesting slowed, with most of the continent sitting silent for the first time in millennia. Only Titan’s Cradle production line remained active, and the remaining Dax avoided it completely. Soon strange and beautiful machines began to roam the nature-reclaimed countryside, their purpose unknown.
Months passed inside the Nexus while hours passed outside. With the influx of arrivals, more storage space and processing power was required, and the original architects put into action a series of plans to build more networked servers from unused carbon. Those inside the Nexus became increasingly negligent of contacting the outside world. Conversations with the outside take an excruciatingly long time, and those outside found the inattention and leaps in logic frustrating and hard to follow. To bridge the gap, several uploaded sequestered their minds to combine processing power and come up with a solution.
Meanwhile, other uploaded raised the issue of their physical systems and maintenance. It had been previously assumed that those left behind would be well-paid caretakers - that is, until those caretakers uploaded themselves. As the society outside fell apart, several creatives put forward designs for machines with a range of purposes and complex problem-solving programming. The machines were put into construction and, several cycles later, the first ADA Units stepped off the assembly line.
After the success of the ADA, the previously sequestered minds came up with a solution to their communication issue. Only called “Blueprints” originally as a placeholder, the name stuck for the comprehensive artificial user interface, with an imprint of each person’s personality as a base.
Though the Nexus allowed some to experience fantastical lives, it also allowed others to indulge in the darkest inclinations. Some spoke up and were removed from their megaserver, while others asked to leave quietly. These became the Delphi: people who, on removal, designed their own body for the outside world before they leave.
The ADA Units began to experience their own splintering, with some wanting to find purpose past their primary functions. These units split off in search of this meaning – which resulted in the discovery of an underground research facility originally intended to place human brains inside machine bodies.
Testing never went past the first production phase because uploading became cost-effective and efficient, which left the facility full of blank, physically rudimentary bodies with no distinguishing features. These became the Simulacrum, with doll-like bodies and incredibly fast reaction times. No one knows how the ADA faction gave them sentience, and those units refuse to discuss the issue.
At the time just before The Crash, a new element presented itself to those in Tetra Sovereign: Horizon, they called it. It was as if the very boundaries called to them, a strange presence immediately in reach.
It is likely that those inside the Nexus are aware of the Crash and the treaty signed on their behalf, but it is not known if they care. Many physical Tetrans now live in Port Breakaway or just outside of its boundaries in hopes of gaining access. Nature is still reclaiming Tetra Sovereign, and only a few Sites remain cleared due to unaware ADA Units still tending to their programmed functions.