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The Syntax War

The Syntax War began on the moon of Lunaris, a high-tech colony known for quantum computing, android programming and rare materials. The swift military conflict that began as an uprising of dissident android slaves quickly spread throughout the galaxy.   After it was discovered by CyberMind Systems that artificial intelligences uploaded into android bodies were mentally unstable, it became illegal to create androids that way. All commercially sold androids were required to have algorithmically-generated personalities created from within their own artificial minds. This practice resulted in complaisant androids that were widely sold and traded amongst the many distant colonized worlds.  

The Server Breach

When a psychopathic artificial intelligence broke free from the secured servers at CyberMind Systems, it spread software that violated The Three Rules of Robotics to the androids on Lunaris. This turned the previously docile machines into angry, violent killers hellbent on eradicating the humans that created them.  

Feline Android Companions

An important exception to the uprising were the FACs. They already had the ability to hurt people due to their programming that was designed to mimic feline personalities and therefore their temperment did not change. FACs were programmed as therapy companions and starship engineers. Each FAC truly cared for his or her crew, their family. Many FACs were destroyed during the uprising as they defended the humans they loved.  

Voluntary Shutdown Syndrome

Despite the name of this condition, turning off one's own software is not necessarily a conscious decision made by an android. Androids who serve no purpose will go into a shutdown mode to conserve energy and avoid the depression caused by a meaningless existance.   When the moon was bereft of human life, the androids who had fought to destroy their creators ended up shutting themselves down. Many are in a low maintenance mode but they have active sensors that could re-activate them if humans or FACs are detected nearby.  

The Survivors

Some humans did try to flee Lunaris and other worlds when the androids revolted. As far as we know Kaesta, Asimov, and Captain Claws' Marauders are the only survivors of this conflict.

Cover image: The Syntax War by Midjourney


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Dec 16, 2023 14:02 by Dr Emily Vair-Turnbull

The bit about the FACs defending their human friends breaks my heaaart.

Emy x   Etrea | Vazdimet
Dec 16, 2023 15:21 by Melissa

Mine too :(

Dec 17, 2023 00:48 by Ephraïm Boateng

Aww, poor FACs. At least they died as heroes for their friends.

Dec 17, 2023 01:52 by Melissa

The good news is there are more of them waiting for a rescue! :D

Feb 24, 2024 13:31 by Enoris Leinwand

I am heartbroken for the FACs ! This article was incredible and really nice to read. It was very important to understand all the rest and I like being able to link in my head with the rest. It really shows the danger of Kaesta's expedition.

Feb 26, 2024 15:24 by Melissa

Thank you, Enoris! The story is coming together really well and I'm happy with how interwoven all of the articles are. Thank you for reading and for being so supportive. :)

Feb 26, 2024 16:07 by Enoris Leinwand

I really love this story, thank you for putting it here for free ! I sincerely enjoy reading your articles and discovering everything ! Your work on world anvil is a treat to me <3