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|An interstellar corporation the size of Omnicore requires a huge number of administrative decisions to be made every second. Resources need to be allocated, ships scheduled, personnel assigned, product distributed, all in the profit maximizing amounts. The entity responsible for this is known as Shiva, which is thought to be the most powerful supercomputer in the galaxy. The whereabouts of this computer are a tightly guarded secret since it would otherwise become a frequent target for attack from Omnicore?s competitors. All information about it is strictly confidential. Even the name Shiva may be the result of custom rather than an actual official name. Very frequently, orders percolate through the company in cryptic impersonal messages that arrive at any time in maximum priority digital readouts. At every point in the chain of command there are orders that have no accountable source. Confused employees come questioning to their superiors who are just as befuddled, but those who wish to retain their jobs at Omnicore quickly learn to follow these orders whenever they arrive. As a result the controlling force behind the company has attained mythical status, and has been likened to the Hindu god Shiva. It has the power of life and death over the humans in its charge, and its gigantic allocation plans called to mind images of the ?Lord of the Dance.?|
24 hours ago TSA command received a distress signal from a stationary vessel with an unknown UID. It is not registered in any national database or in any of the corporate databases that we can access. The transmission requested that the mission be kept as quiet as possible, and given the unusual situation, we?ve decided to comply. You should consider everything I?m about to tell you NDA Clearance 10. You were all picked because you have demonstrated a superior amount of professionalism in this regard in the past, and I expect it to continue. Those who are uncomfortable with this, please leave now.
Alright then. The NDA begins now.
The station we will be sending you to is located in sector 3586. As you will notice, unlike any ship infested before this, it is not in the Ariadne Arm. Thankfully there is a clear explanation, but this alone would be enough to make it the most important mission that most of you will ever be assigned.
Though it was not stated explicitly in the transmission, we suspect that the source of the transmission to be Shiva Station. Those of you who have worked for Omnicore before will already be familiar with its reputation. Everything we know about the background of the station can be found in your mission docs which will be sent out securely after this briefing. The Short version: Shiva Station contains the most powerful supercomputer in the galaxy.
The current situation is as follows. Two weeks ago an autonomous shuttle phased in to sector 3586 bringing a sample of some foreign material for direct analysis by the Shiva supercomputer. Shortly thereafter various systems began to malfunction, causing several allocation errors in Omnicore?s subsidiaries. The onboard technicians were woken from their cryosleep to investigate the problem as the Shiva entity was no longer considered stable enough to diagnose and fix it autonomously. From what we can tell it was one of those technicians who sent the distress signal. We do not expect any of them to have survived this long.
The video feeds we received clearly show that we are dealing with Kharaa, and indicate three primary areas of infestation. The sample analysis room has been most severely infected which is to be expected considering that it was the original source. The infection appears to have spread through a ventilation shaft to the primary datacore where the bacterium is feeding off of the heat from the storage units. From there it spread through the nanocoolant to the coolant processing pumps. We expect one of these three areas to reach hive critical mass in the next 24 hours.
Shiva Station is vital to the functioning of Omnicore, which is in turn vital to the galactic economy as a whole. Excellent performance in this mission could win us a strong ally in the Trans-System Council as well as substantial monetary compensation. I?ll expect all of you to be prepared to jump in 12 hours. Dismissed.
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