The Guardian of Identity

The Rokilumutu is a hard disk drive containing a wealth of information from before the The Final War.  




According to the information found on it, the data stored on this device were compiled halfway into the Final War, by a trans-national, non-governmental organization of the same name. There were originally four copies that had been stored in different locations across Ranul, but only one of the Rokilumutu was still in a readable state when it was recovered.  


The hard drive holds a large amount of text, audio and image files which depict life on Ranul before the Final War. Those include historical records, a database of plants and animals, as well as a number of literary works and a catalogue of artworks. The content covers not only both the Rilanga and the Ran-E-Zu in a remarkably neutral manner, but also several smaller nations that did not survive to modern times.   The files also include a message directed at whoever finds and decodes the information. It expresses deep sadness about the horrors of the war, the impending downfall of the Rul civilization and the mistakes that lead to it. Yet it also ends with the hope that their legacy may live on through the information held within this device.  


This copy of the Rokilumutu was found in the western part of the Tambetati Desert, in the year 108 VZR. Unlike the others, which had each been stored near one of the seas on Mustik Hamesi, this one had been protected by being far from previous population centers.   It took data analysts about 22 years to extract and decode the data, since most computing technology had become useless after the breakdown of Ranul's infrastructure. Once the information was successfully copied to modern media, the Rokilumutu was put on display in the Denfa Sasmi Museum in Tundu-Iv.  

General Information


The device looks like a small aluminium box, engraved with a short summary of its purpose and instructions for its use. Two sets of electrical connection ports are found on it, one on each of the narrowest sides. The first one is intended for connecting an electrical power supply, whereas the latter serves for transmitting the stored data. Next to the data port, a red light emitting diode indicates its operation state.   When the device was recovered, it was encased in a protective outer shell. Said shell consists of two steel layers with a vacuum between them, serving to protect the device from extreme temperatures. Every opening had been sealed with a specialized polymere to keep out dust, sand and water. The device itself was cushioned with a thick layer of foam rubber lining the case.

Mechanics & Inner Workings

The aluminium casing holds a stack of magnetized plates on which information is encoded in various binary formats. Electronic circuitry and microprocessors control a mechanical arm which moves over the plates to pick up different magnetic patterns and thereby read the data.


Recovering the hard disk drive was an archaeological milestone, and the knowledge found on it gave an enourmous boost to the civilization's recovery. Not only did it enable the Rilsu to understand their cultural heritage and restore various scientific achievements, it also served as the ultimate proof that people from enemy factions were able to put aside their differences for the greater good.
Table of Contents
Item type
Electronic / Cybernetic
978 g
3 x 16 x 24 cm
Raw materials & Components
aluminium casing, steel mechanical parts, copper wiring, electronic circuitry, various polymeres

Cover image: by Kathrin Janowski


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