The Continuum Of Makers

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An alien race at war with the second Spanish Empire because they reverse-engineered the interstellar, faster-than-light Ring Drive.

Enciclopedia Xenobiología

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Size

Average 2.10 m tall, 135 kg

Color & Markings

Though comments regardning 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

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Spirits

Spirits are inventions and/or original ideas of a Maker. The concept of Spirits is the basis of the Continuum's society.

Characters

The Colegium

Big fish in the Continuum's hierarchy. In fact, the biggest. They decide what a new Spirit is.[1]

Derivatives

  • a rogue Spirit, able to create Spirits (a robot), created by Ahmis
  • Makers can spawn clones/copies of themselves
    • So can the rogue Spirit[2], although the process seems to be different, being referred to as "reproducing mirror selves"

Ships

Fleets

  • Contemplation, Rumination and The Brooding, as requested by a Maker for the attack against Nuevo Chile [5]

References

  1. Page 0068
  2. strip for March / 20 / 2011
  3. strip for January / 27 / 2016 - Contemplation, Rumination & The Brooding
  4. strip for January / 25 / 2016 - The Report of Suicide Scout Ship 285-3945-1
  5. strip for January / 27 / 2016 - Contemplation, Rumination & The Brooding