(1-1): "...is ridiculous. The things aren't mentally capable of coordinating to such a degree. They would eat each other alive..."
(1-2): "...the lacertians. A little strange, don't you think?... ...convergent evolution can only explain so much..."
(1-3): "...how could you not? How could ANYONE not know about the Shine?..."
(1-4): "...one moment, solace. The next, cold. To be torn without ever having a moment of realization..."
(1-5): "...has still eluded our sensors. If we can't trace the origin, we just need to wait for him to make a mistake..."
(1-6): "...anybody? S'anybody round out there? I-I didn't do nothin'. Just lemme out, please? I'm not like those others..."
(1-7): "...don't trust that L-Skin stuff. I swear it moved when I wasn't looking! And you trust it hurtling through space?..."
(1-8): "...PROJECT L ERROR FACTOR UNKNOWN PARAMETER UNKNOWN PARAMETER UNKNOWN FATAL ERROR IN PL-774..."
(1-9): "...it is a strange sensation. Strange, and wonderful. To seek, and be sought, by another..."
(1-A): "...call her 'Dena'. Short for 'DNA', I guess. Who says the project members do not have a sense of humor?..."
(1-B): "...That's right, girls! Strip 'em naked and send 'em packing! The craft, I mean, not the pilot..."
(1-C): "...it is not even my name. It is a title. I would give you my true name, friend, if the situation were..."
(1-D): "...device? It stopped working some time ago, at the moment of the Shine. Heh, time. If only time wasn't..."
(2-1): "...smell 'em comin'. If ya don't pass out, you might be able to sneak up on 'em. An airlock would work too..."
(2-2): "...profitable, exactly? The service costs nothing. The overhead is immeasurable. What do you see in..."
(2-3): "...new business is the old business. Not just Pre-Shine. Pre-Everything. Pre-LAC. Pre-Subspace. Pre-Historic..."
(2-4): "...this Cole character. Hell, forget him! Did you hear about HER? She does the dragging in that relat..."
(2-5): "...just outside the second Splice. It might prove worthwhile, if someone doesn't beat us to it..."
(2-6): "...the Hell is a 'Cred', anyway? They're supposed to be finite, but how do we know? And who came up with..."
(2-7): "...the time comes, your memory can be renewed, with... ...important events... ...self-identity, instinct, functi..."
(2-8): "...saddest guy I've ever seen. Of course I left him locked up, though. He's a damn Lesser. Not my problem..."
(2-9): "...from the Mixcoatl? Yeah. Lost his legs. Can't get augmented ones since he's a LAC. Bet he wishes he'd never..."
(2-A): "...waste of time. Data is for systems. We have no need to read or write. We only exist as the universe wills..."
(2-B): "...progress has stalled due to, what else? Lack of resources. Conservation of matter is a bitch..."
(2-C): "...codes are crazy. Someone at the Machinatorium has a terrible sense of humor. I bet it's..."
(1-1): "...new Habitation? Built out of what, exactly? Why bother? Maybe those things are what got us into this..."
(1-2): "...broke through plasmatic bars? How is that possible? There is hardly anything to break in the first place..."
(1-3): "...seen 'em in packs more and more often now. So much, that it's kinda strange to see one alone..."
(1-4): "...that LAC chick out in Splice 4? To be honest, I almost hope she catches me when I'm not lookin'..."
(1-5): "...still nothing on the prime subject, then? It's merely a matter of time. He'll make a mistake sooner or later..."
(1-6): "...all in the blood. Just a sample. Stake out any hemoscan locks he may have used. A few cells is all we need..."
(1-7): "...was a world unlike our own, where it was easy to take a life. I don't want to go back..."
(1-8): "...Latent energy? Never heard of it. Wouldn't that just be energy that we don't have a way to detect?..."
(1-9): "...how many? Not possible. The display must be malfunctioning. I want visual confirmation before we do anything..."
(1-A): "...guys in blue coats? They sure are popping up all over the place. What do you think they're really after..."
(1-B): "...are you certain? He looked like a regular LAC to me. Maybe we should run his Header ID number in case..."
(1-C): "...call it 'sky'. All of this. Everything before you. It used to be intangible. Unreachable. Now, it is inescapable..."
(1-D): "...called it an 'accent'. A bastardization of communication, I say. I believe the Shine tore his mind..."
(2-1): "...pack himself into a sphere of the stuff? So he could be immortal? Doesn't he know about electricity?..."
(2-2): "...but she insisted on the first dose. Needless to say, without that protein, the results were not pretty..."
(2-3): "...fancy red and gold coat. Why do we even need color any more? Our systems can see what we can, and can't..."
(2-4): "...not people, I assure you. They were never born. They do not live. They cannot die. Now, enough about that..."
(2-5): "...building something. But what? All I know is that it's huge. Could be a game changer if someone gets to it..."
(2-6): "...called it 'fear'. Something primal, no doubt, and dwelling within us all this time. Yet, when the time came..."
(2-7): "...obsessed with L-Skin. What do you think he's gonna do with all of it? Also, where does he keep it?..."
(2-8): "...strange-looking Lesser. Black scales, white eyes. Stranger still, it didn't appear to be immediately hostile..."
(2-9): "...funny how Pilot-targeting weapons still work on unmanned craft like MODs. That's an impressive AI..."
(2-A): "...Splice what? That's not a number! That's a letter! And where is it? That's impossible! ...All right, I'm listening..."
(2-B): "...turned black? Are you sure? They just don't come in colors like that. I'll believe it when I see it..."
(2-C): "...chemical burns to the wiring. I should have traded for the system shielding when I had the chance..."
(1-1): "...that last Flash was the worst yet. All five senses firing at once. It hurts. I don't know if I can take it..."
(1-2): "...of the Inquiry? Header ID two zero four point one two... ...Yes, they do get around, don't they?..."
(1-3): "...omething is coming. It's big, I tell you. But, it won't all be on the same level. Half invisible. Half everywhere..."
(1-4): "...almost like living things, aren't they? They heal, and self-preserve, and think. We are mere parasites..."
(1-5): "...I'm tellin' ya, it's gonna crash into the Surface, and soon! Make the whole thing unlivable! Not that I'd want..."
(1-6): "...rather be shredded by Lessers than endure a single landing on a Surface. No wonder they only live for..."
(1-7): "...surprised there has not been a full discussion on Surface life yet, parasitic as it may be..."
(1-8): "...Auroral emission maintains its focus even through a micrometeor barrage. That takes more than luck..."
(1-9): "...won't the emitter radiation fix that? He can't be blind. Maybe he's just tired of seeing what survived..."
(1-A): "...a half-breed? Nonsense. We've not needed reproduction since the breach. How would it have escaped..."
(1-B): "...immortal, all-knowing, omnipresent...immortal, all-knowing, omnipresent...immortal, all-know..."
(1-C): "...No, Father, please. I am not ready yet, despite what he told you. Just let me stay, if for a brief time longer..."
(1-D): "...harvesting Lessers to make chemical components for weapons? That's gross, and kind of dangerous too..."
(2-1): "...I say, let me override! If my craft thinks I'm gonna die in a fight, let me! All this hand-holdin' just ain't healthy..."
(2-2): "...beyond the ninth Splice? Impossible. All sensors indicate zero-levels of energy and matter in that range..."
(2-3): "...proposed Credits be divided into eighths. Preposterous. What civilization would measure anything in pieces of 8?..."
(2-4): "...got away. The H-ID says it's destroyed, so he probably hijacked another and got away before we could..."
(2-5): "...weird bunch, I'll say. All SOL too. They think lacertians and people with augments are, well, inhuman..."
(2-6): "...I say, why not? It's data in our heads, it's still data in the Typelog systems. She should go for it..."
(2-7): "...Why'd it have to be lizards? Of all the forms they could take! You know, there's something in our brains that..."
(2-9): "...Sikohlon guys rip you off. They gave me 50 half-cred for a perfectly intact A-Shell. What a bunch of..."
(2-A): "...swear it weren't no LAC! It was huge! And it reeked! But it just, like, ignored me. Like it had some place to be..."
(2-B): "...consumes enough space dust to offset any separation damage. Durable, and self-replicating. But is it safe?..."
(2-C): "...so he says, 'it's all scope'. What does that even mean? We don't need limits. We need to know everything!..."
(1-1): "...SOL pilots will find themselves at a disadvantage in this new age, where instinct rules once more..."
(1-2): "...augmented humans deserve their respective curses. Mistakes are not to be forgiven, especially now..."
(1-3): "...the collective knowledge of all minds is supposed to be an unrestrained thing, unbound by mechanical..."
(1-4): "...bastards are gonna pay for shootin' up my ride..."
(1-5): "...smuggled out a display with Doctor Crenshaw's interface on it. All those colors gave me a headache..."
(1-6): "...Ah, the lacertian's theory. It reminds me of a fifth dimensional hypersphere. Pointless and confusing..."
(1-7): "...imagine four moons on the edge of an event horizon ... time works the same way ... ..."
(1-8): "...to be the first. The first here, the first there, the first to approach light speed. Why does it matter?..."
(1-9): "...language should NOT be included in the injection. Sharing a method of communication could prove disastrous in..."
(1-A): "...found him writhing in a pool of his own Lesser blood. No, the really scary part was when he began to speak..."
(1-B): "...jamming pulse sent all my numbers haywire! Manual evacuation was all I had left. And I was the lucky one..."
(1-C): "...know what this means for us? If that pilot really is the strongest person alive, then we need to strike first..."
(1-D): "...whole Lesser colony? Wouldn't they get trapped at the door? Unless, you think they built the thing themselves?..."
(2-1): "...strange about the Shine. Sure, we got wrecked all the way out to Splice 9, but it seemed to be growing weaker..."
(2-2): "...nothing past the edge of the galaxy. Now, if that galaxy comes to US, then it's another matter entirely..."
(2-3): "...suit saved his life after his jammed craft got wrecked. Now, the commander has us wear them all the time...
(2-4): "...emitter large enough to grant life to an entire Surface? You'd need a star to power it, I guess, but can it be done?..."
(2-5): "...a grave flesh wound. Augmentation was his only hope, but he refused. Said he'd rather die whole than..."
(2-6): "...seen this 'immortal, all-knowing' or whatever? I keep seeing pieces of it in the scanner sweep logs..."
(2-7): "...found him in his stasis tank...dead! It looked like he had disintegrated into mush! I don't know how it could've..."
(2-8): "...Stardraw-class pump on every star in the Splice ought to be a good start, anyway. We can do it right this time..."
(2-9): "...any word from Officer Monene? He probably ran away with how the Captain was treating him..."
(2-A): "...those two guys? They're always together, and seem to be looking for something. I wonder what they're up to..."
(2-B): "...outlaw the use of chemical weapons against jammed pilots. Only problem is, how do we enforce it?..."
(2-C): "...you've reached the end. Nothing but your imagination awaits beyond this point. Will you continue?..."
REMOVE YOUR LEFT HAND FROM YOUR FACE AND UNCROSS YOUR LEGS. NOW LISTEN. WE HAVE A STORY TO SHARE.
THERE WAS ONCE A WORLD WHERE EVERYTHING WAS ARTIFICIAL. PLEASANT, AND PERFECT, AND PREDICTABLE.
BUT EVEN IN A WORLD AS CONTROLLED AS THIS, CHAOS IS WILLED INTO EXISTENCE. THIS TIME, IT WAS A LIFEFORM.
THIS LIFEFORM WAS DIFFERENT. DANGEROUS. UNEXPLAINED. AN ANOMALY OF GENETICS, OF SOME NATURAL WILL.
ALL THINGS, BROKEN FROM THEIR HAZE OF BALANCE, BECAME ATTRACTED TO THIS LIFE. IT BECAME THE CENTER.
INSTEAD OF INTEGRATING WITH ALL THINGS, THIS LIFE DREW ALL THINGS INTO ITSELF, AND A NEW UNITY WAS FORMED.
WITH NOTHING TO COMPETE, THIS UNITY SURVIVED UNTIL ITS DEFEAT BY THE ONE GREATER POWER. TIME.
BUT TIME'S VICTORY WAS SHORT INDEED, AND THE UNITY BECAME UBIQUITY. AND FROM IT, A NEW LIFE BEGAN.
A NEW LIFE, AND ALL THINGS WITH IT, EVER SO GRADUALLY. AND THEY SPREAD, AND QUARRELED, AND BONDED AGAIN.
AND SO IT REPEATED; THE OLD UNITY AN OUTSIDE SHADOW. THE NEW UNITY, A TINY BOX AT ITS CENTER.
EACH LAYER A DIMENSION-SHEDDED CONSCIOUSNESS, WITH TIME THE ONLY PERMANENT SHELL.
AND EACH UNITY, WITH ONE LIFE AT ITS CENTER. A FOCUS, A MANIPULATOR, A BRIDGE TO THE NEXT.