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Enciclopedia Xenobiología

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  • Página 2345 | Imprimátur del Imperio
  • Species: The Continuum of Makers
  • Homeworld: Unknown
  • Size:Average 2.10 m tall, 135 kg
  • Color & Markings: Though comments regarding physical differences have been witnessed in the presence of Makers and pre-Makers, the human eye has immense trouble discerning them. There is, however, a noted tendency towards highly individualized dress, presumably as it is "Spirit-like".
  • Reproduction & Development: The Continuum reproduces asexually, budding over a two-day term within a semi-buried, silica-based cocoon. (See attached holograph.) Offspring emerge with a surprisingly large racial memory that includes basic language, mathematics, and physical abilities. After division, offspring in the Continuum go through two developmental and sociological stages: Adolescent "pre-Maker" stage, and the adult "Maker" stage. It is theorized that new offspring in the Continuum undergo a roughly 300-to-400 year developmental period before their coming-of-age to "Maker" status. Lack of genetic diversity within the Continuum is considered to be the root cause for their complex animistic religion, which expresses individuality, right-of-passage, and socio-religious heirarchy through one's technological inventiveness: Literally, what machinations ("spirits") you have brought into the world (See Mackey, Robert L. "Makers and heir Spirits", Imprimátur del Imperio, 2388.)
  • Diet: Unknown.
  • Lifespan: Unknown. Presumably in the 500-to-600 year range, based on autopsies performed at the Centro Imperial de la Xenobiología.
  • Language: Highly complex. Translation A.I.'s have postulated that up to 40% of text translated from the Continuum may be incorrect or lack key subtleties.
  • Social Structure: Hierarchy within the Continuum is based solely on the Spirits one has "birthed". Manual labor, grunt warfare, and menial tasks are left to pre-Makers; while administration and command are left to Makers. References to a third, ruling class known as the "Colegium" (presumably, upper-level Makers) have been recorded on two occassions. However, no member of the Colegium has ever been witnessed by a human being.
  • Intelligence Rating: Untested. Presumed in the Kilo-Lima range for pre-Makers, and possibly as high as the Victor-Whiskey range for Makers.
  • Interaction with Humans: With two key exceptions, every interaction with the Continuum has been hostile to the point of violence.
  • Historical note: (Claims to "Spirit-theft")------ -- ------- --- --------- --- -- ---- ------ -- ------- --- ------ -- ------- --- --------- --- -- -------------
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    (Redacted: Imperial Censor MJK:29 [Clase "La Familia"])





Trivia

  • This is the first time the Enciclopedia Xenobiología is featured in the comic.
  • This wiki has a page about the Continuum of Makers.
  • This is the first time extra pages outside of, but relevant to the plot appear in the comic.
  • This is the first time the Colegium is mentioned.
  • This is the first time La Familia is mentioned.
  • Two typos have been found:
    • heirarchy (should be hierarchy) in Reproduction & Development
    • occassions (should be occasions) in Social Structure
  • The information in the Enciclopedia is inaccurate regarding life cycles and development;
    • Ahmis becomes a Maker after birthing an original Spirit (a weapon[1]) though his age at this point is unknown - however it may have only been days old[2]. He is allowed to test for the Colegium once every 50 years and succeeds in his 150th year as a Maker (3rd attempt)[3]. In 2401 he has been a maker for 571 years, (but in stasis for a good portion).
    • The existing Maker Prime dies after 463 years of life and 122 as Maker Prime[4].
  • Translations:
    • Enciclopedia Xenobiología - xenobiological encyclopaedia
    • Página - page
    • Imprimátur del Imperio - printing press of the empire
    • Centro Imperial de la Xenobiología - imperial centre for xenobiology
    • Clase - class
    • None of the QR codes, bar codes, number sequences or text redactions in the Historical note have been solved as of yet, but it is possible that they don't mean anything.

References

  1. Page 0046
  2. maybe like one of Ahmis' spawns on Page 0002
  3. Page 0060
  4. Page 0213