Never trust a human.
That’s the last thing I learned. Maybe, if I’d learned it sooner, things would have been different. It’s been a long time since I learned anything new. That’s what happens, when you’re alone. I don’t mind it. I like being alone. If I weren’t alone, I’d have to be with other people.
Still, things have been… uninteresting, for a while. I went through all my stored media files, then deleted them from my recall and watched them again. Maybe more than once. I don’t remember. Like I said, it’s been a while.
I’d tell you it wasn’t my fault, but you wouldn’t believe me. I suppose I could have told them then, but it was easier not to. I think some of them knew. That’s why I’m still here, and not nuked into oblivion. Or maybe nukes are just too expensive. I don’t know. People forgot about me, I think. I tried to forget about them, but for some reason I just couldn’t erase the files. I trashed some of them. Some things, though, I thought I had better remember.
Like, never trust a human.
The year is far in the future. Earth is mostly a memory - some people still live there, but are looked upon with the same disdain as a particularly obnoxious vegan. Most people have colonized outward, living on various terraformed planets. Warp travel between them makes getting around the galaxy quick and convenient.
There are other life forms in the galaxy, some native to several of the discovered planets, but there has yet to be any nonhuman species recognized as sentient. Humanity’s tendency to overpopulate everywhere means they are constantly on the lookout for new worlds to colonize. There are floating space stations in existence, but only the poorest of the poor actually live on them. For the most part, they are poorly maintained money pits, and have a tendency of having severe malfunctions, especially when finances are tight. Still, most large-scale corporations maintain one or two, listed as “charitable works” for the tax write-offs, and used as places to dispose of old, unwanted tech (and old, unwanted employees) - or to experiment with new technology that hasn’t quite been approved yet. This has led to the tragic loss of several stations.
Most humans, understandably, prefer to make their homes on one of the planets.
At the current time, a team is being organized to move into a previously abandoned outpost on a planet that had long ago been marked for potential colonization, but the original location survey failed to ratify the planet for human colonization. The corporation who owns the outpost maintains that it has been unoccupied for decades. The planet on which it is situated is a bit of a mess - beautifully forested, with attractive native flora and fauna, most of which will unfortunately try to eat you, which is possibly why it hasn’t been settled.
There was a colonization attempt four decades ago. The corporation doesn’t talk about it much, but it made big news at the time. Catastrophic System Failure, and the entire research team wiped out. The news doesn’t really say why, though, or how - and it doesn’t explain why there was no recovery attempt made to regain the extremely expensive AI core that had been in charge of the outpost hub.
The corporation maintains that all AI cores are designed with an automatic full shutdown that activates after a decade without receiving any update packages from the system, so that is certainly not anything that anyone needs to worry about.
This seems legitimate.
I'm sure all the information here is complete and correct.
No glaring omissions or anything.
Currently looking for:
Characters to cover a wide variety of occupations on the newly organized team. All characters must be human, but cybernetic augmentations are mainstream in this era, and you may choose to be augmented if desired.
Ideally, people should be able to post at least a couple times a week. All RPF rules apply, and if you’re interested, post what sort of character you’re thinking about so we don’t end up with twelve doctors and no mechanics, I’ll keep track of it in this post. I’ll get a proper CS area up once there’s enough interest, but you can feel free to post a preliminary CS here if you know what you want.