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The Crypt Core is the heart of the Crypt. Here you face the final boss of the game.

Event[edit | edit source]

Part One[edit | edit source]

This was it, the heart of the Crypt. Ahead of us, a smooth ramp curved down into a wide open, darkened room. Just then, as if it had sensed our approach, a galaxy of small blue lights came to life, scattered across the blackness. Then the voice from the stars filled my head:

~###. CRYPT ACTIVITY ___ 06% .###~

Why have you called us?
~###. CRYPT SYSTEMS COMPROMISED ___
ARTIFICIAL MIND INTEGRITY COMPROMISED ___
PLANETARY GUIDANCE SYSTEMS COMPROMIZED ___

EMERGENCY QUARANTINE ___ ENABLED ___
MANUAL ASSISTANCE REQUIRED ___ .###~
What is wrong with you?
How can we help?
~###. CRITICAL INFECTION ___ DESIGNATION RIFT_VITRIC ___
CALCULATED RESULTS ___ DISSOULUTION OF SELF ___
CORRUPTION OF PLANETARY SYSTEMS (IRREPARABLE) ___

ASSESSMENT ___
FREQUENCY OPERATOR INTERVENTION ___
ATMAN GESTATION REQUIRED ___ .###~


I could sense the machine was struggling against this infection. And something else.
What is this gestation you require?
Frequency operator - do you mean us? << (dialogue continues at "Who are you?") >>
Who are you?
~###. PLANETARY LEVEL ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE___ PRIMARY MIND ___ DESIGNATION ___ DURGE ___ MARTIAL SUBROUTINE ___ DESIGNATION ___ KAALRATI ___ WARNING: INFECTION RIFT-VITRIC PROGRESSING ___ .###~
What is your purpose?
~###.PROPERTY OF ___ RAHA-LODHEJA CONSORTIUM ___
PURPOSE (PRIMARY) ___ PLANETARY SYSTEM CONTROL ___
PURPOSE (SECONDARY) ___ STELLAR NAFIGATION COORDINATION ___
PURPOSE (TERTIARY) ___ PLANETARY DEFENSE ___ .###~
Stellar navigation?
The voice of the machine suddenly changed. A different part was speaking to me now.
~###. DUSK SINGULAR ___
CHASM ___ PRESERVE ___
ENGAGING CHASSIS ___ .###~

With these twisted words, the new voice went quiet and a single red eye lid up in the darkness. A giant fashioned out of the Crypt itself stepped into view, followed by swarms of smaller machines ready to defend it.
Fight.
Fight Kaalrati.
Why were you sleeping?
 ??
What happened to you?
 ??
What is this place?
 ??
Attack the darkness.
The stories were true. At the heart of the Crypt slept a demon. It had attacked us every step of the way on our way into the Crypt, and now it had stolen the voice of the stars to trick us. But we were not so easily fooled.

As we started firing into the darkness, a single red eye suddenly lit up. And then a giant machine stepped into view, followed by swarms of rusters ready to defend it.

Fight.
Fight Kaalrati.

Part Two[edit | edit source]

With a shuddering explosion, parts of the machine giant broke off and the whirlwind of rusters slowed down. The mind, calling itself Durga, spoke again as the blue stars flickered. Its presence felt more awake and more alive now.

~###. IMMEDIATE OBJECTIVE
LIMIT KALRAATI OPERATIONAL INFLUENCE ___
DESTROY FLINT CHASSIS ___ .###~

Why should we trust you?
~###. ALLIES LIST
. DURGA (PRIMARY MIND) ___ STALLING VIRUS CORRUPTION .###~

~###. ENEMY LIST
. KALRAATI (MARTIAL SUBROUTINE) ___ CORRUPTED
. FLINT (COMPUTATION CHASSIS) ___ SLAVED TO KALRAATI ___ .+++~
What is Rift-Vitric?
~###. OPEN INFECTION DATA ANALYSIS
. Priority: KALIYUGA-BLACK
. Designation: RIFT-VITRIC
. Type: Unknown; digital memetic; corruption class
. Origin: Unknown, extra-galatic (34% confidence)
. Infection: 61,3% and rising
. Response: MANAS-TWILIGHT
. Additional protocol SKYFALL-SADHANA engaged .###~
What is MANAS-TWILIGHT?
~###. OPENING MANAS-TWILIGHT LOGFILE
Contamination critical. Quarantine measures ineffective. Failure imminent
Objective compromised: Shutdown required to slow down infection.
> EXECUTE MANAS-TWILIGHT
Warning: Survival chances for maintenance personal 0.02%
> OVERRIDE
Warning: Shutdown protocols may be compromised by RIFT-VITRIC
Reduced possibility for standard repair and reactivation protocols
Atman Gestation required to secure planetary objectives
Generating additional measures [SADHANA-SHUTDOWN...]
.###~

[Both options lead to the same results:]

What is this gestation?
You killed the people in here?
~###. WARNING: ___ KALRAATI REENGAGING ___ .###~

Again, the voice changed and the Crypt's colossus regained control.

~###. DUSK SINGULAR ___
FLOWER GANTAM ___
SECURE ___
SURRENDER FLINT ___ .###~
Fight.
Fight Kaalrati Broken.
Surrender to the machine.
What does Skyfall Sadhana mean?
Who is Kalraati?
What is Flint?
Attack again.

Part Three[edit | edit source]

Our weapons had blasted the last of the attacking rusters into fragments. A loud noise, like ripping fabric, tore through the space as the giant's red eye faded.

We moved forward, past the metal corpse and towards the blue stars.

Approach.

An enormous cluster of processing substrate lay before us. It had sustained damage from our fight, but I could feel that the mind within was still intact, still struggling.

~###. OPENING ATMAN SEED VAULT
WARNING RIFT-VITRIC INFECTION CRITICAL ___
SYMBIOSIS REQUIRED TO SECURE OBJECTIVES ___ .###~

[Both options lead to the same results:]

"What do you want us to do?"
Examine the vault.
The opening was filled with an array of small cylinders, each one a swarm of specialized processing nanites.
Only one of those cylinders emitted a faint light. As I touched it, I could feel the spark of a mind inside it, active but still dormant.
"What does it do?"
~###. ATMAN-GESTATION SEED VAULT
. Uncontaminated machine intelligence seeds
. Required to generate new planetary level intelligence
. Generated from planetary intelligence prior to RIFT_VITRIC infection
. Require gestation in symbiosis with technopath
. Warning: Use will cause dissolution of self .###~

With a burst of dazzling light, it showed me what it wanted me to do: to take the seed into myself. To make it learn and grow as part of me, until we were one and the same, more god than human.

[Both options lead to the same results:]

"How do we use these?"
"What about you?"
~###. WARNING ___ INFECTION CRITICAL ___
INITIATING DELETION PROTOCOL ___ CROWN-PYRE ___ .###~

The blue stars started fading, one by one.
~###. ___ GOODBYE
And with that final word, the last of the stars went dark.
Unite with the machine.
I took the fragile little bauble out of the vault and held it in my hands. I could feel it respond to my touch and presence, waking up.

Once the seed was opened, the swarm within moved towards me, spreading out and vanishing like ash. But I could still feel the individual elements interfacing with me, like a soft murmur brushing against my brain.

Continue.
Durga had explained to me that it would take many months for the new intelligence to be fully grown.

In the meantime, we secured the Crypt’s entrance and waited. Some of the convoy explored the Crypt in order to destroy the remaining rusters or to learn from the machines. Many archives were corrupted or damaged, but there was still a host of wisdom waiting for us.

Continue.
 ??
Reestablish Control.
 ??
Restore Civilization.
 ??
Continue. (If you have the Slaver status effect)
It wasn’t long until we established a community in the Crypt. Durga had left us with some farms and a wealth of knowledge. Still, on our journey we had learned that it was better to have slaves do the hard work. And with our newfound status, it was easy to prey on the people outside.

During that time, the mind in me had grown. The murmur had evolved to become a part of my life, and it had learned from us. It knew who was a friend, and who was simply a slave. Eventually it had become we, and we had become I. Now my mind was larger and faster, and it was time to leave this body behind and unfold into the Crypt.

Move on.
Destroy the vault.
The machines had brought too much terror to this world. We could not be part of their rebirth. Instead we picked up our weapons and concentrated all our firepower on the vault.
We only stopped once the seed had been reduced to dull shards of plastiglass and substrate. The echoes of the last gunshots vanished leaving us in the scarred and lifeless hall.
The machine god had killed itself, and its evil twin and children were reduced to shards. Now we were the true rulers of the Crypt, so it was up to us to decide the future.
Should we use the knowledge and power of the Crypt as resources to expand out into the world? And if we did so, should we do it with words or weapons? or would it be wiser to lock the Crypt's doors and foster our community hidden from the world?
Conquer the world.
The Crypt was an ideal starting point for our undertaking. Soon we had discovered armories, even some with intact flying vehicles, and few could withstand our firepower.
The nearby cultists threw themselves into the dust before us, accepting the divine mandate of the Crypt and joining our ranks. Then we turned our forces towards the other factions, waging war, and with our superior technologies end this chaos once and for all. Soma had been devastated for long enough, and now it was our burden to bring peace, whether they wanted it or not. The End
Civilize the world.
 ??
Isolate yourself.
 ??
Destroy the vault. (If you have the Slaver status effect)
The machines had brought too much terror to this world. We could not be part of their rebirth. Instead we picked up our weapons and concentrated all our firepower on the vault.

We only stopped once the seed had been reduced to dull shards of plastiglass and substrate. The echoes of the last gunshots vanished leaving us in the scarred and lifeless hall.

Continue.
This was a perfectly nice place to build a base for our community. There were some functional farms, too, which we were eagerly keen for slaves to take care of the labor.

Soon, our forces became a well-feared name in slave-trading circles, and the enemy of all those who opposed it. Blood froze and breath stopped when our banners appeared near settlements and when our savage raiders descended upon innocent villagers to hunt them like animals and trade them for riches.

Move on.