In 2134, a pistrionic¹ lifeform was discovered in nature for the first time on the sixth moon, Aethelia. Though initially thought to be of Incantalite construct, the mechanical being did not possess an Incantalite signature – no binene, no Interface connection, and no knowledge of Elosjians. The discovery terrified the public. Panic spread wildly that any machine could be alive and potentially a danger.
The Elosjian government, with the cooperation of 152 countries, sanctioned a global organization of agents tasked with identifying and eliminating any pistrionic being on the planet. Agents of the Special Department of Pistrionic Inquest have jurisdiction anywhere in the world as mandated by the Pistrionic Protocol — the most significant multinational agreement in history.
Very few join this elite force. Even fewer qualify. They are the brave. They are the bold. They are the SDPI.
The Illumination Man
Prologue, Part I
Three years ago, a group of artificial lifeforms called the Incantalites went rogue and ravaged the planet Elosjia. They murdered hundreds of thousands of people and destroyed the orbital platform, New Brasia. The resulting debris rained down on Elosjia and destroyed part of Nengamba. Now the Incantalites are gone, but the threat of their return remains.
The Illumination Man, an accused traitor to his own people, is thought to still be alive on Elosjia. Some say he plots to bring back the Incantalites. Some say he's a myth. No one knows for certain.
One woman is determined to find him. She is...
A pistrionic lifeform describes any form of mechanical intelligence designated as a living being. These organisms developed using arsenic, silicone, mercury, hydrogen, argon, and titanium with traces of palladium, polonium, rhenium, hydrogen, and bromine in quantities of about 0.82%
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