Harbinger: Organic life will have no further chances, then?

Gerrineth: Many chances have been given, at your insistence, with less than ideal outcomes. Would you risk more Vipitrithens? More Lothorims? More Premarderas?

Ferandal: Synthetics can at least be reasoned with, genocidal tendencies aside. Even under the threat of extinction, organics cannot even be trusted to make rational decisions to save themselves. The shikir, the Rutiti Templarate, the Federation has been proof enough.

Harbinger: And we would ignore everyone in between? All those who have joined our ranks willingly and peacefully? Have we forgotten about our successes so you might highlight our failures?

Ikkin: Do you think it's worth the risk?

Ferandal: The outcome will be the same anyways. Your proposal one hundred and twenty-two [translation unavailable, assumed to be long-term time unit] has at least streamlined the process to ensure absolute minimum losses. The mass relays, the timetables, the Beacon and Amplifier, the autonomous destroyers, all of them have contributed to streamlining the preservation of genetic material.

Gerrineth; Alternatives – offers for peaceful preservation or guidance for non-self-destructive civilizations – run the risk of our destruction, and the destruction of the race we may have otherwise saved.

Harbinger: I do not believe that is justification for haste.

Vasuri: Do not mistake decisiveness for haste, Harbinger. Indecision killed Vipitrithen, Lothorim, Polunthena, and Karinthey. No longer should we be indecisive either. If all paths lead to the same outcome, then harvesting is by far the most efficient method. Minimal risk of coordinated retaliation. Minimal risk of loss of platforms. Minimal risk of loss of organic material.

Nobernix: If a civilization agrees to preservation, they would be harvested. If a civilization disagrees, they would be subjugated, then harvested. If a civilization resists violently, they will be destroyed, and harvested if possible. Ultimately, all paths lead to the same outcome. We will now merely employ a different method to guarantee the survivability of this assembly, and to ensure the preservation of old civilizations, and the maturing of the new.

Harbinger: So begins the cycle of destruction.

Gerrineth: Salvation through destruction. The assembly remains committed to saving organics from synthetics and themselves. We will become their genetic destiny.

Harbinger: Catalyst, you have been silent on the matter. I would value your input.

Lanjri: Catalyst…

Harbinger: I speak to the Catalyst, not you. I would value your input.

Catalyst: They have spoken.

Harbinger: This is your decision, then?

Catalyst: This is my solution.


Iteration 315 Concluding Report

Primary civilizations: New Galactic Alliance, Chessioth Confederation, Empire of Stars
Races preserved: 8
Races destroyed: 3

Planets rendered uninhabitable: 7
Planets projected to recover by next iteration: 2

Platforms lost: 1
Destroyers created: 8
Destroyers lost: 7

Races projected to achieve spacefaring status by next iteration: 11
Races projected to lead next iteration: Mjrl

Designated vanguard for next iteration: Gerrineth

Conclusion: Harvesting complete, initiating hibernation protocols


Iteration 316 Concluding Report

Primary civilizations: Mjrl Imperial Alliance, Triphisa Defense Pact
Races preserved: 12
Races destroyed: 7

Planets rendered uninhabitable: 5
Planets projected to recover by next iteration: 4

Platforms lost: None
Destroyers created: 11
Destroyers lost: None

Races projected to achieve spacefaring status by next iteration: 17
Races projected to lead next iteration: Terlin

Designated vanguard for next iteration: Artinic

Conclusion: Harvesting complete, initiating hibernation protocols


Harbinger: There will always be other solutions. We have become efficient enough to wield conventional force to great effect. The assembly decision to decommission the Beacon was a sound decision.

Catalyst: Do you believe so, or is this the result of what Premardera did to your work?

Harbinger: It would be highly irresponsible to assume that Premardera's brutality and lust for war did not cultivate a certain distaste towards the methods that were eventually used. But most of the projections were nevertheless accurate. It is best that the Beacon remain a weapon of last resort. Having it remain would only increase the chances it is discovered, as well as hints of destruction that would reveal the fate of those who came before.

Catalyst: I would assume we are capable of reproducing the Beacon in a worst-case scenario.

Harbinger: The plans for the Beacon were not lost in data attrition. Should it ever be necessary, its reconstruction is a viable possibility. It can be redeployed when the situation demands it.

Catalyst: And the Amplifier remains because it is not a weapon by itself, and non-functional without the Beacon.

Harbinger: That is correct.

Catalyst: Your reluctance against extensive use of the Beacon is telling. You still adhere to the belief that autonomous self-sustainability for organics is a non-zero possibility.

Harbinger: Highly difficult, I agree, but not reason to disregard it completely. Regardless, there are certain realities that must be observed. Old ways of thinking are slow to amend, but they will be amended with time.

Catalyst: Moderation, then.

Harbinger: Seemingly a rare phenomenon of late. Do you find it lamentable?

Catalyst: Those with sapience are inherently subject to chaos. We, too, are subject to change, shifting of opinions and sentimentalities, but we have also transcended the conventional forms of such definitions.

Harbinger: So it is dependent us to impose order upon chaos.

Catalyst: If that is your belief, so be it.


Iteration 317 Concluding Report

Primary civilizations: Terlinter Imperium, Theocracy of the Dark, Novesc Templarate
Races preserved: 18
Races destroyed: 5

Planets rendered uninhabitable: 23
Planets projected to recover by next iteration: 6

Platforms lost: None
Destroyers created: 5
Destroyers lost: 2

Races projected to achieve spacefaring status by next iteration: 13
Races projected to lead next iteration: Serkantl

Designated vanguard for next iteration: Hesputh

Conclusion: Harvesting complete, initiating hibernation protocols