(Human - Independent) Amiori Kociero
Daughter of the Legendary, now infamous, Ronin Kociero. Former Fleet Admiral in the Aquarian-Terran Imperial Navy's 1st Outer Sector Fleet. Imperial Defector turned double-agent. Visionary.
Amiori's lineage is something she would prefer remain veiled in mystery. Her father, the legendary Captain Ronin Kociero of the Pathfinder; perhaps the most famous - or infamous, depending on your perspective, human being ever to have lived in Aquarius.
She grew up a quiet girl. Her father's presence was something of a privilege for her, the man rarely had time to simply sit with his daughter and take in what they had achieved. Not even for a moment, it was almost like the girl was merely another piece in the puzzle that the 'great' Ronin Kociero was assembling together, bit by bit, clawing at the darkness in search of answers to questions that perhaps, should remained unanswered.
What she lacked in outspokenness during her childhood, she made up for with cognitive function and learning. An extremely bright child and fast learner, Amiori quickly understood concepts that would have been considered impressive for people twice her age. In the absence of her father, she would have extensive discussion with the Pathfinder's resident Complex AI, CoRE. Most of her care as a child was arranged by Ronin's long-time friend and fellow Sempertinalis, Vai Kasake, who Amiori began to see as a sort of surrogate father; a notion she carried forward to the present day. In the few moments she did get to spend with her biological father, she rarely spoke, preferring instead to place her head on his chest and listen the the pulsing of his augmented heart, perhaps the only form of constant pattern in their estranged relationship.
Amiori joined the Old Federal Navy to follow in her Father's footsteps; having been taught from birth that duty to the Terran way of life was at the forefront of consideration in life. Indeed, Amiori inherited a great passion for space-flight from her father, and went on to achieve great feats in the Federal Navy as an interceptor pilot, before climbing the ranks and achieving Flight Commander by the age of nineteen. Her natural talent and affinity for starship control and tactical thinking got her quickly recognised by the Admiralty, supported by her father's legendary status, she was soon held to a similar acclaim among her fellow pilots.
Father and Daughter served alongside each other for centuries in the Old Federation, maintaining a deep, yet highly mute relationship of little dialogue, an emphasis on silent respect and duty to the Federation. In her downtime, Amiori would field-strip her sidearm almost religiously, cleaning and inspecting every component with precision, something she had learned from her father; a reliable sidearm is both the first and last line of defence in a time of crisis. Perhaps not a lesson befit for a child, but in a new world of turmoil and conflict, perhaps it was a prudent one nonetheless. She had learned to place duty before anything else, even her own enjoyment of life. A lesson that has served her well in conflict, but left her somewhat bitter and craving adventure, some many centuries after maturing into the first known post-Angel Sempiternalis in existence.
Amiori inherited most of her father's innate biological characteristics such as enhanced cognitive capability and strength. In almost every way, she was the perfect Semper, something her father was extremely proud of. Perhaps too proud. Father and Daughter served side by side in the Radacri Wars, and the subsequent Fall of the UTN, watching together as everything they had dedicated their lives to protect was slowly extinguished, star by star, powerless to turn the tide of fate. Moments before the deployment of the Hammer of Aquarius, Ronin and the Pathfinder disappeared into the Tempest Ridge Nebula, going off the grid only a few sub cycles before Aquarius was plunged into darkness and despair.
Amiori never knew why her father disappeared in the moments of their greatest need. To this day, Ronin never revealed where the Pathfinder went or why, only insisting it wasn't something he did lightly. His daughter will likely never forgive, nor forget that abandonment, it draws too much parallel with her childhood. As such, despite carrying the Kociero name and lineage, Amiori is more distant to her Father's cause than one might believe.
||Excerpt from TSRC Project: Semper-[REDACTED]
The biological infusion process caused forced sterilisation of the subjects in 95% of control cases. The remaining 5% exhibit genetic defects preventing successful development of the offspring. The project has been deemed a failure: no viable candidate for lineage could be produced.
[REDACTED] issued a change to the goal of the Project. Due to the otherwise outstanding success of growing non-decaying human tissue infused with the [REDACTED] of type [REDACTED], it is no longer considered essential for extended lineage; offspring are no longer required by the Project.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-1: A child
Ronin insists I create a simple log of my thought processes during the procedure. He seems to find value, perhaps sentimental, in the recording of these thoughts during which we may cultivate his first child. I admit, I do not fully understand the human-emotional response mechanism with sufficient data to replicate his own thought processes regarding the child, but I owe it to him to comply with his wishes.
Data from Project Semperternalis regarding sterilisation of the human reproductive system during infusion is conclusive. Scientists of the Corporation were unable to effectively cultivate a successful offspring due to a variety of factors: the most prevalent of which was unstable DNA replication during the fertilisation process. Based on further systematic analysis of the surviving data from the Project Files, I can conclude the DNA destabilisation theory is mostly correct.
However the exact cause remains uncertain. I have initial inclinations to believe the replication of the protein code is being corrupted by an external factor, not one innate to the cell itself - possibly radiological leakage from the infusion process lingering in isotopes within the blood-stream. However, in vitro replication of the fertilisation process using valid spermatozoon cell candidates still results in the corrupted DNA patterns being passed on to the resultant organism via mitosis...
I am reluctant to inform the Captain that our efforts may be futile. Further study is required.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-2: Simulations
The Captain refuses to accept the futility of the experiment. However, out of respect to my Brother, I will continue as per his wishes. It is of note that after some detailed simulations of the original biological infusion process - I have discovered a third party to the fertilisation process of interest, perhaps the external factor causing the DNA corruption during mitosis. I am dedicating 28.4% of Pathfinder's Neurological Relays to assist with computing the final outcome. Perhaps there is some hope for the Captain here, after all.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-3: New Data
Simulations have revealed promising new data. The external factor during mitosis leading to invalid lineage candidates is almost certainly caused by a parasitic biological code pattern formed during fertilisation. The DNA exhibits normal structure, but a secondary weave of biological code is formed within the nucleus of the resultant cell, causing the genetic damage. Perhaps more interesting, is the arrangement of the new code patterns; it appears to be 'Cryptographic' in nature.
I admit, I was not intending to bring more Neurological Relays online for this project, given our current.. circumstances, but the curiosity - as humans put it - is killing me. I will bring another 20% of the full computational network online to attempt to understand this biological code - perhaps then I can begin to understand how I might remove it, and allow a successful lineage candidate for the Captain.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-4: Code in the Cell
Almost 50% of the Pathfinder's Neurological Relays are now active in computational analysis and simulation of the mysterious genetic code. Initial data appears to suggest the code is intelligently distributed - not a randomised string caused by radiological decay as I previously suggested. Further simulation is required. The Captain is becoming impatient, I understand his drive for a successful offspring, but there is further data he is withholding from me. The human brain remains one of the great mysteries of the known time...
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-5: Ancient Involvement
I have discovered the cause of the 'corrupted' sequence. In fact, it is not corruption at all, but instead an intelligently formed sequence of new biological data; intended to influence the cell's reproductive system with new variables. This, however, doesn't explain the genetic deterioration that occurs subsequently. My initial assessment is the new code is incompatible with human genetic development, causing major flaws in the way the cell interacts with the biological system of the offspring - a cancer.
Perhaps the answer to the question lies back within the remains of the Sempiternalis Project's core files. Despite heavy data damage due to deliberate destruction of the Semper Research Installation, I have managed to isolate a few important details regarding the origin of the biological material used for the original Infusion process - that would manipulate the human cells, giving them their 'immortal' properties. I will run a few more simulations with the remaining Neurological Relays to verify this information.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-6: The Virus
I have irrefutable evidence that the biological 'seed' for the infusion process of the Semptineralis Project was derived from a modified variant of the A-T3 Breeding Strain of the Angel Nebularic Virus. The infertility of the test subjects is caused by intelligent self-adaption of the genetic information, by A-T3, to apparently prevent fertility of the host. The only conclusion I can come to is that A-T3's genetic information contains a 'failsafe' of sorts that prevents exploitation of the ever-lasting properties of its biological code. The Captain and other Sempiternalis subjects cannot reproduce, because A-T3 does not allow it. I will inform the Captain at once...
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-7: New Hope
I have decided not to inform the Captain until I have evaluated the possibility of reversing the genetic damage caused by A-T3's adaption. Perhaps I will be able to create a successful linage candidate for the Captain after all. After some additional computation of the way the Strain interacts with the human cellular mitosis process, I believe I can reverse the damage at the macro-level by applying self-healing DNA manipulations to the newly formed cells using my own adaption of the Bio-medicinal gel used to treat radiation poisoning on Federal Navy warships. I will begin the process immediately.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-8: Promise
I have informed the Captain of the progress I have made. He expressed his gratitude but retained his characteristically 'cool head' to put it in human terms. Despite my detailed behavioural and psychological analysis of thousands of human subjects during my development process, I have been unable to reliably simulate the Captain's thought processes or behaviour. he is truly an enigma. Another mystery for another day. Ronin has expressed his wishes to begin the fertilisation process immediately. As such, I have repurposed a medical intervention unit in Sick-Bay to serve as an in-vitro incubation facility for the potential offspring.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-9: Time
The process was completed successfully. I was able to fertilise a human oocyte cell from the archives successfully. The Captain was not inclined to share any information on the identity of the donor of the cell in question, but I am sure it was an individual of importance to him. I am not one to question his actions. Time will tell if my intervention will produce the viable lineage candidate the Captain so desperately seeks.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-10: A Daughter
Seven Earth-cycle weeks have passed since the successful fertilisation of the oocyte. The results of this experiment are remarkable: after initial growth of the embryonic tissue, I was able to apply the modified bio-medicinal gel to the mitosis process and almost entirely reverse the damage during replication caused by the hybrid human-A-T3 DNA Code. I can confirm the fetus is developing into a female. Initial analysis of the DNA stability indicate no major disruptions to normal cell mitosis. It would appear Ronin has a Daughter.
||CoRE Self-Log 81093-11: Unexplained properties
Despite apparent successful development of the fetus into an infant, I have detected unusual and quite unexplained properties within her DNA. The code from the hybridisation of the human-A-T3 DNA strand appears to persist - even after my attempts to reverse the damage with the modified bio-medicinal gel - however, the code appears to be benign, or at least, inert. According to my projections, the girl will develop into a healthy, walking, talking human being. I do hope the Captain hasn't forgotten any paternal instincts, as human childcare hasn't been the focus of my adaptive neurological capabilities.