by Hero Forge
The Upper Late Arcopel possessed technological and scientific sophistication that remained unparralleled even unto the development of Wurth Harkin
's matrioshka brain
and some of the greater feats of Vbyifabid
The Upper Late Arcopel were masters of long-distance interstellar travel, crossing the vast gulfs between stars at high relativistic speed in cryosleep with near-zero probability of Cryostasis Recovery Syndrome
or, in some cases, as the result of engineered biological immortality. Their artificial intelligence was among the most advanced in the setting, with their skyphoform
servitors going on to establish their own independent civilizations after the collapse of the arcopel interstellar empire. The Upper Late Arcopel would gather sample species from across tens of thousands of lightyears of space and place them on marginally habitable worlds in the Sealed Kingdoms region as a form of captive zoology, instituting various flavors of gene drive
to mark their finds and differentially hasten the development of certain useful traits in these hapless creatures. In this way the Upper Late Arcopel are directly responsible for the rise of the Cobalt Protectorate
and its various humanoid subgroups, the develoment of emoxi
as offshoot species, and the regional specialization of the vbyifabid.
Much of what the arcopel knew and made is lost in the modern era. The Mind Cataclysm was an act of information warfare on the part of a small colony of arcopel back on Arctopelago who wished to establish a collective mind for the arcopel as a whole - akin to the vbyifabid flockmind
- with themselves as the dominant 'thought-leaders.' Instead, due to misjudgements on the part of the attackers, most arcopel with brain-computer interfaces or whom were uploaded consciousness - in other words, most arcopel in existence at the time - were driven insane, crippled, or killed outright by the attack. Those unfortunate souls left alive in the wake of the Cataclysm were left scattered and disconnected from one another across gulfs of space, isolated from their culture's extensive knowledge base. The few remaining group settlements of the arcopel collapsed into anarchy and disrepair, becoming deathtraps for the salvagers, archaeologists, and other opportunists who would risk the journey.