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Danny Centauri
Minmatar
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2011.06.22 20:06:00 - [1]
 

For a long time it has been presumed that capsuleers chose not step out of their pods as they did not want to interact with anyone other than the privileged few who are also Capsuleers. Just another myth created by the station dwellers about the eggers who in reality chose to stay in their pods due to the high cost of replacing the ectoplasmic liquids from within the capsule when it was contaminated due to exposure to the station environment. Also due to the nature of the capsule environment, with all visuals being provided by camera drones providing a direct feed to the visor of their helmet, capsuleers developed very severe photosensitivity. This problem only got worse for those that spent extended periods within the capsule, in recent years this is the vast majority of capsuleers with the massively inflated ectoplasm prices the core component of the ectoplasmic fluids required within the capsule.

With this social seclusion came further stigma which led to discrimination against capsuleers, even making stations unsafe in less secure space with capsuleers at risk of assassination. So not wanting to risk their life they remained in the capsule which had the safety of the presence of transneural burning scanners, the scanners which allow the cloning process to take place effectively making a capsuleer immortal. However, with more and more capsuleers taking a growing interest in the interactions taking place on the surface of planets there was an increasing demand for capsuleers to once again leave the capsule whilst remaining in safety avoiding true death.

Many thought that the average capsuleer would choose to interact from the safety of their ship, doing business using the same communication systems which they use to interact between each other. However, business demands trust and the brave amongst the capsuleers found that they got a much better deal when they stepped out of their capsule and did business face to face. It appears some things in the universe never change business being one of them and the news spread fast but only the brave dear step out of their capsules and risk death for profit. Trust started to grow once again between capsuleers and both surface and station dwellers with stations becoming safer, but still many capsuleers remained in fear an emotion not often felt by the immortal capsuleer.

The large corporations of New Eden soon caught on to the situation they saw an opportunity for profit and started research to make it easier for capsuleers to step out of the capsule and embrace the freedom which they once knew. The freedom which allows true freedom of trade between capsuleers and non-capsuleers and sees the profits of capitalism. The research for Duvolle Laboratories focussed around the inability for many capsuleers to leave their capsules due to photosensitivity, a relatively easy task that would allow the capsuleers whose photosensitivity had progressed beyond the stage where sunglasses are sufficient. Retinal implants for clones were at the centre of the research to be sold to the major companies and corporations running cloning facilities for installation into every new clone. The retinal implants were designed to be inserted behind the lens of the eye and tapped into the optic nerve receiving feedback from the brain if over stimulation occurs, adjusting their opaqueness reducing the intensity of light which reach the retina. This simple yet ingenious design was a simple way to mimic the way in which the pupil contracts to reduce the amount of light reaching the retina.

Danny Centauri
Minmatar
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2011.06.22 20:08:00 - [2]
 

The optical implants cost a few meagre ISK each to produce, so Duvolle Laboratories CEO found it easy to sell the technology to the major of corporations providing cloning facilities. The technology was an instant hit and soon spread to even the smaller corporations as capsuleers began to expect it as standard in their clones. This technology allowed those with photosensitivity problems to get out of their capsule, yet many still chose not to as they remained at risk of death a problem which the Caldari had been working to resolve ever since capsuleers had begun to get involved with the business of surface dwellers.

Ever since the Jove bestowed capsule technology upon the Caldari Navy it had been closely guarded secret which was painstakingly reverse engineering with the help of the Wiyrkomi corporation. The Jovian design was exquisite but still it was relatively new Jovian technology that was developed after the first instances of the Jovian disease. The Jovian disease is a mental disorder which results in death amongst Jovians; this has dramatically reduced their numbers and caused a need for reduced crew sizes which spurred on the development of the capsule to resolve this issue. For this reason the technology, whilst far superior to any other factions technology, did not meet the usual expectations of Jovian technology which fortunately meant they were happy to share it with the the rest of New Eden. A rare act of cooperation a trait not commonly displayed by the Jove.

Still with the technology in Caldari hands it had been reverse engineered to the extent that there was now a comprehensive understanding of the technology involved. Whilst no advancements had been made in the technology as there was no demand in the past there was knowledge of the technology if development was to happen in the future. The Caldari Navy's research had paid off and the knowledge could now be used to their advantage. Once again they contracted Wiyrkomi corporation in order to develop the technology to extend its use, more specifically to make it cheaper to leave the pod and then safe to travel outside of the pod without risk of death.

Several ideas were looked into but ultimately it was decided that in order to prevent perma death a backup of a capsuleers memories should be taken upon leaving the capsule. This sounds simple but the transneural burning scanners immediately transfer data upon breach of the capsules hull, instantaneously transferring the data into a new clones brain. To store this information instead of transferring it is not a simple task requiring several brontobytes of storage space to store the raw data contained within the brain. In order to do this it was important to develop a biological storage device, this was done using DNA. This was a feat in its self which took several months and the painstaking development of nanites that can almost instantaneously encode and create a DNA strand.

The capsule technology was also further develop and as a fail safe a mechanic to install
transneural burning scanners at any location was developed. The capsule technology had to be made wireless with the signal being received from a new implant instead of the direct connection present in the capsule environment. This was relatively simple compared to what they had already achieved however the method to encode the data was a lot more complex and took a lot of time to perfect so that the receiver could identify which capsuleer had been killed whilst out of the capsule and transfer their memories to the correct clone. Upon its public announcement the Caldari Navy allowed Wiyrkomi corporation to sell the technology as it would allow all races to purchase the technology increasing their profit, the technology was instantly accepted and installed on the vast majority of stations. At last capsuleers could be free from the thoughts of death and trade amoungst non-capsuleers.

One challenge still remained the cost of replacing the ectoplasmic fluids contained within the capsule. This challenge was actually resolved by the Minmatar corporation Boundless Creation, as they soon realised Minmatar pilots were at a disadvantage as many could not afford to replace the capsule fluids and several had died due to poisoning whilst trying to recycle the ectoplasmic fluids to reduce costs. The corporation worked upon the crude recycling process which some Minmatar pilots were trying to perform, creating monitoring technology and purifying the chemicals required to remove the contaminants from the fluid. This reduce the cost of replacing ectoplasmic fluids from hundreds of millions of ISK down to a less than a million ISK. At long last all capsuleers regardless of their relative wealth could walk freely and with pride, once again to be known as Gods by the general population of New Eden.

Evet Morrel
Gallente
Jericho Fraction
The Star Fraction
Posted - 2011.06.23 12:12:00 - [3]
 

Edited by: Evet Morrel on 23/06/2011 12:12:52

I just like to say this stuff is cool - Even though I'm wrong to think of pod tec as employing quantum entanglement and there are bound to be many reasons/stories etc why this can't be the case. Whatever the lore actually says it solves all the main problems more plausibly than the alternatives.

Danny Centauri
Minmatar
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2011.06.23 17:14:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: Evet Morrel
Edited by: Evet Morrel on 23/06/2011 12:12:52

I just like to say this stuff is cool - Even though I'm wrong to think of pod tec as employing quantum entanglement and there are bound to be many reasons/stories etc why this can't be the case. Whatever the lore actually says it solves all the main problems more plausibly than the alternatives.


Hey thanks for the feedback, would love to hear about anything that breaks the story. I tried to read as much as possible both from the chronicles and from the wiki, so it stays in line with the back story behind eve. However, it was thrown together in a couple of hours including reading so there are bound to be holes. Take a look at this for the basics:
http://www.eveonline.com/background/eggers/
http://wiki.eveonline.com/en/wiki/The_Jovian_Wetgrave

What I still do not get is why would the Jove give everyone else Capsule technology, as they are normally so secretive. It would be cool to base a story around this in the future as part of the EVE story line.

Trying to think of something now to explain Aurum and why clothes cost more than battleships, any suggestions would be awesome Evil or Very Mad.

Katrina Oniseki
Caldari
Revenent Defence Corperation
Ishuk-Raata Enforcement Directive
Posted - 2011.06.25 08:43:00 - [5]
 

It might be worth noting a few bits of information regarding the Trans-Neural Burning Scanners.

Firstly, it must be activated before death. After the Capsuleer is dead, it's already too late. As you mentioned, this is what made Capsules such an ingenious device, as the simple act of a pod breach always means death, so the scanner simply activates when the pod is breached. There's no false triggers and no death-before-scan. The instant the pod is cracked, the scanner goes off, because survival is simply not an option anymore.

Secondly, when the scanner activates, it fries the brain being scanned. It's a side effect of the device, and one that could plausibly have been corrected in recent technological advances. Even so, the way PF holds it to be true now is that it turns your brain to jelly when it scans you. This is another reason knowing the exact time of death beforehand is important. You can't do it too early, and you can't do it too late. It's got to be right on time.

My point is that you cannot be 'scanned' before leaving your pod, because after the scan your body will be literally brain-dead. Also, as far as I know, the scanners work based on quantum entanglement. It's not a wireless signal being transmitted at all, but rather uses the same process that FTL communications use. You can't intercept the signal, because there is no signal to intercept. Each scanner is linked to a single body at a single clone facility. When you upgrade your clone contract to a new station, you're buying a new scanner with that clone. You could conceivably create a scanner that is linked to your DNA storage device, but that would require switching out the scanners on the capsule.

Anyways, I might be wrong on some of these points.

I like your idea though, and I'd love to see it expanded upon.

Deviana Sevidon
Gallente
Panta-Rhei
Butterfly Effect Alliance
Posted - 2011.06.25 09:37:00 - [6]
 

The one thing never properly introduced were jump clones, since this type of brainscan leaves the body with all its implants intact. Also with Dust514 there will be cloned ground troopers:

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Hotswaps were common in areas of the galaxy where the fighting was particularly intense. There was seldom time to pack everything up. Far more efficient to redeploy on the frontlines and let the Reclaimers do the cleaning up. Somebody in operations would hit the kill switch and every clone keyed with the proper ident would drop dead where they stood. Seconds later they would wake up on the other side of the planet or half a galaxy away the exact location seldom mattered anymore - ready to fight.



Unit XS365BT
The Synenose Accord
Celestial Imperative
Posted - 2011.06.25 14:00:00 - [7]
 

A note on transneural scanning.

While the instant scan that is performed upon pod breach is lethal, this is due to the fact that the scan, by it's very nature has to be extremely fast.

To aid this, a neurotoxin is injected that freezes all brain activity, so that a neural 'snapshot' can be taken, allowing for the capsuleer to remember everything, up to and sometimes including, their death.

This, however, is not the only way to take a neural image of a brain. the method used in jump-cloning is far less invasive, but far more time consuming, simillar to the method used to upgrade your clones in a medical bay.

There being no need to speed up the process in such controlled situations, the neurotoxin is not used, therefore the previous clone can, should it be required, remain active.

We Return.

Katrina Oniseki
Caldari
Revenent Defence Corperation
Ishuk-Raata Enforcement Directive
Posted - 2011.06.26 07:43:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Unit XS365BT
A note on transneural scanning.

While the instant scan that is performed upon pod breach is lethal, this is due to the fact that the scan, by it's very nature has to be extremely fast.

To aid this, a neurotoxin is injected that freezes all brain activity, so that a neural 'snapshot' can be taken, allowing for the capsuleer to remember everything, up to and sometimes including, their death.

This, however, is not the only way to take a neural image of a brain. the method used in jump-cloning is far less invasive, but far more time consuming, simillar to the method used to upgrade your clones in a medical bay.

There being no need to speed up the process in such controlled situations, the neurotoxin is not used, therefore the previous clone can, should it be required, remain active.

We Return.


Yeah, sorry. I didn't consider the speed of how fast it needs to be done, and you're right. I remember that now. I guess it makes sense then! I like the idea. Better than my idea which was if you get killed in station, your most recent clone is 'copied' and woken up. Meaning... you wouldn't remember anything that happened since you last died in the pod.

Danny Centauri
Minmatar
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2011.06.26 20:24:00 - [9]
 

Hey guys,

Thanks for all the feedback and discussion. I like the fact it takes longer to perform non-deadly cloaning, explains my annoyingly long incarna load time too ;).

Thanks,
Danny


 

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