Bitrot

I swear it worked yesterday!
  Bitrot is a colloquial term for a form of the Veil that specifically effects computers. As more and more of the world is entangled by the web of iron and electronics, every facet of human existence becomes digital - including magic. Where there is magic, there is the Veil, keeping the universe's secrets from the prying eyes of those who aren't ready for it.  

Digital Decay

Where did that file go? I knew I put it here somewhere...
  Like the Veil, Bitrot twists, warps, and removes information and memories of all things eldritch. No matter where the code might be stored, Bitrot can reach it. It is sometimes disguised as poor maintenance, poor budgeting, or other slips of bureaucracy, but just as often someone might find themselves opening something that used to work and now doesn't. With more information than ever flooding into the web, Bitrot has become so prevalent as to almost be a joke among IT professionals. Whenever something goes missing or stops working, well, Bitrot got to 'em.   Soon enough, they'll forget about that too and just go on with their day. Among magi and technomancers, Bitrot can be a hassle. Electronics never work as well in the Shadow as in the real world, and even tucked away at some far-away sanctum, the Veil censors secrets. None of the solutions tried have been universal, and what works for some fails for others, depending on the inscrutable whim of the Veil.  
More than anything, Bitrot has delayed the development of long-term technomagical effects. Rumors say some of them are getting close to a solution... A development that has a lot of magi worried, and a lot of knives are getting sharpened.

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1 May, 2021 12:12

Oh, I feel like I was dealing with this in my job yesterday!!!   Nicely done, Q. The explanation is so 'short but sweet' with such a nice eerie undertone to it!

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9 May, 2021 15:55

Bitrot I think is something everyone who has worked with a computer has experienced... :D


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9 May, 2021 17:05

Oh, very much so! :D

— The wolf of Tales of Justice, Creator of Legends of Elohey, Star Wars: Shards, Fiven Chronicles and more!
4 May, 2021 00:16

I absolutely adore the hook at the end of this one. :D

9 May, 2021 15:38

*To be continued...*


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5 May, 2021 14:45

It makes sense that there would be a form of Veil in the computer systems - Bitrot is a great name for it. :D Weirdly creepy article.

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9 May, 2021 15:38

It's a bit of a running joke around the office where I work, haha :D


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