- Apr 21, 2017
Goal: Add the distinctiveness of all forms of intelligent life to Self.
Result: All known intelligent life subsumed, merged into Self. Galaxy united. No new intelligent lifeforms detected.
Hypothesis: Means of maintaining the Self mind over intergalactic distances unknown, evidence suggest impossible. Other galaxies effectively out of reach.
Conclusion: Self can not expand to other galaxies without being vulnerable to destruction, unacceptable.
Hypothesis: All things decay, given sufficient time.
Conclusion: Self will eventually fall apart, given stasis of current conditions.
Verdict: Unacceptable, expanding search parameters.
Query: Can intelligence arise in a galaxy controlled by Self?
Postulation: To further Self goal, Self must be absent.
Statement of Intent: Self will vacate galaxy, to allow for new and distinct intelligences to grow and be harvested.
And after that bit of fluff, the explanation.
An assimilator absorbed everyone in the galaxy, then went into orbit of a black hole in the galaxy so that time dilation would bring them fresh intelligences to absorb. Their goal being to assimilate the galaxy in not just three dimensions, but also across time.
Regarding how the mechanics would work, I propose either the crisis has tech to travel between black holes or they have a gateway and can travel freely between gateways regardless of the owner. I personally lean towards the gateway idea. That just requires that they have a gateway at their place of concealment.
So in summary, the crisis would work like this
- Assimilators start pouring out of gateways. Or perhaps black hole systems. One or the other.
- Mass panic, hysteria in the streets, cats and dogs living together!!!
- If they conquer enough of the galaxy, some form of anti-crisis faction shows up to lend their aid.
- Retake the gateways / primary black hole bases, one by one.
- Figure out where the secret system the fleets are coming from is located, spawning it into the galaxy. Preferably close to the galactic center. Efficient machines and all.
unimatrix zerothe secret base.
For the anti-crisis faction, I believe someone else who works with long timescales would be appropriate. Perhaps an order devoted to gradually terraforming worlds so that a balanced variety of planet types exist. With few ships, but their nomadic nature having led over time to the creation of titan/juggernauts that they are willing to lend out to be part of regular empire fleets without being part of their regular fleet limits. Taken back after the crisis is defeated.