Soo'Ta Core

Tei'krrl Soo'Ta

Written by Sierra Brown.


A massive supercomputer in the Dovolish core system which houses the Soo'Ta AI and is connected to the Varkesh AI network.

 
 
DRAFT

This article is currently a work in progress and may be incomplete or subject to change.

 

Purpose / Function

Originally constructed by the Dovolish as a core structure for an expansive AI networking system, the Soo'Ta Core or Tei'krrl Soo'Ta in Oo't'kee is now one of many such structures throughout Varkesh territory. The Soo'Ta Core is significant over the others, however, as it is both the original core, and where the Soo'Ta AI itself exists physically. All systems connected to the Varkesh AI Network report back to the Soo'Ta Core, and receive instructions and updates in turn from the Core. This includes the automated AI controlled fleets and facilities, and other AI related systems throughout the Alliance.

 

Some Dovolish cultures have recently started to consider the Soo'Ta Core a temple to a god they created, and have begun treating the station and the Soo'Ta AI itself as such.

Alterations

Throughout its existance, the Soo'Ta Core has received numerous changes. As technological advances in data storage, computation, and other fields affecting artificial intelligence were made by the Dovolish, these were applied to the Core itself. The structure has also grown in size since its original construction to accomodate these upgrades and the need for increased computing and storage capacity. Originally built as a smaller station, the structure is now large enough to be comparable to a moon.

Architecture

 

The Structure

On the exterior, the Soo'Ta Core resembles a small metallic moon with rings of solar panels. The structure is always angled to be facing the system's sun, with docking ports on both the sunlit and the dark sides of the sphere. The metallic structure takes on an indigo hue in the light, with spots of brighter white where the sun's light reflects directly off the metal. The structure is entirely unmarked and kept in surprisingly pristine condition. Inside, the core's hallways and inner chambers consist of more of the indigo-tinted metals serving as walls, floor, and ceiling. Reflective surfaces dot the hallways and rooms, positioned, shaped, and angled in such a way that light sources can shine around corners and through doorways, reducing the amount of power needed for lighting. A majority of the core's chambers consist of data storage units and grids of computational processors, though there are some rooms that exist to provide amenities for Dovolish that may remain within the station for an extended period.

 

The Core

The Core itself resides at the very center of the structure and consists of a the largest chamber within the sphere. This chamber, filled with more data storage units and computational processors, maintains the original layout and components of the station that was built years ago. In the center of the core is the supercomputer that houses the Soo'Ta AI itself, with a number of terminals and screens to grant direct access to the system. Automated maintainence drones, under the direct control of Soo'Ta, are manufactured and repaired using a number of fabrication facilities that were added to the core chamber after it's creation. These maintenance drones are a common sight as the Soo'Ta Core has become almost entirely self sufficient.

Type
Megastructure, Orbital scale
Owning Organization
Dovolish Sect
Characters in Location


Cover image: by WorldAnvil

Comments

Author's Notes

Written as a part of WorldAnvil's 2018 Summer Camp.


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5 Jul, 2018 16:02

Sierra, are the Appendices on purpose draft / private ?

5 Jul, 2018 16:52

Yes; They're not ready to be published - I believe I posted a bug report about articleblocks and draft articles while back but I'll need to double check. That said, the excerpt showing is nice.

5 Jul, 2018 20:47

I love how you described the metal finishes, added a lot of character. As a suggestion: Your block texts are a bit too uniform for my taste. Imagine it like a perfect box that is visually difficult to crack to me as a reader. What I do to work around that are these lines of CSS:

.user-css .text-justify { text-indent: 20px; }
Paragraph indents can really make those block formatted bits look much more friendly and well-formatted ^-^   Good job on this article! I enjoyed it.

5 Jul, 2018 22:51

I've been toying around what to do with the paragraph blocks for awhile, actually. Dimitris says justified text is the spawn of the devil (I might be paraphrasing there), but at the same time I think it just looks weird if it's not justified and aligned like that. It's been an odd one to figure out xD

5 Jul, 2018 23:10

Well I disagree there, justified text is great, it looks a lot more polished and uniform in a good way. But again: consider using text-indent. This makes every paragraph start with a little indent, which improves formatting in my opinion.

6 Jul, 2018 00:41

Indentation's set. I'll let that sit live for a bit and see how it goes. Thanks :D

6 Jul, 2018 00:46

Well I think your article just got a lot less intimidating ^-^

6 Jul, 2018 06:03

As someone with dyslexia. Justified text borders unreadable and certainly quite tiring to read.

6 Jul, 2018 13:28

I did not know that. Reading up on the problem, I have, for now, added "hyphens: auto;" to improve legibility on my own articles by minimizing uneven spacing.

6 Jul, 2018 23:29

An interesting article.I have a question - What happens if this core building goes down or is destroyed ?. Overall I do like the article !. Keep up the good work

7 Jul, 2018 02:00

If that did happen, the entire AI network in the Varkesh would end up without the master system issuing orders, effectively shutting the whole network down. The Dovolish feel there's no risk to the core because it's become self-sufficient and is deep in Varkesh territory.

7 Jul, 2018 00:06

I particularly love the detail of how a religion is forming out of this. Great work :)

7 Jul, 2018 01:06

Perusing other comments, I don't have much to add. Am disappointed you didn't make a Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy reference more explicit. As always, gorgeous CSS that really helps pull you into the world.

7 Jul, 2018 02:04

I've never seen or read Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy so if there's a reference in there.. Completely coincidental xD

7 Jul, 2018 04:07

Really?! In the book there os a super computer built to answer to Life, the universe, and everything. Douglas Adams, an atheist, had it calculate tjat the answer was 42. He was also a computer nerd. 42 way back in the day was the code for *, or, whatever you want.   Funnily enough, according to the Bible, from Adem to Jesus is 42 generations. One of my favorite coincidences.

7 Jul, 2018 01:06

On it's own this is a very interesting nugget into your world, it does leave you asking more questions and I think that's perfect for an entry like this.

7 Jul, 2018 02:10

Thanks! I normally try being more detailed an in depth with my articles, but the Summer Camp challenge requires me to get these out a lot quicker.