Transcend, The

Enigmatic high transapient civilisation of Terragen origin

The Transcend
Image from Keith Wigdor

The Transcend - Data Panel

Definition:Non-aligned High Toposophic and High Transapient/Archailect empire of unknown, presumably Terragen origin
Symbol:Advanced transapients who have contacted The Transcend report this is an abstract mathematicognostic pattern of great subtlety
Ruling Toposophic:SI:6
Origin:Terragen (rumors of alien or terragen-xeno hybrid origin are common but have no solid evidence behind them)
Founded:Unknown - believed to be late First Federation period, Third Singularity
Predominant Sophont Phyla:High toposophic AIs; some have suggested also high toposophic postsapients.
Psyche, Art, CultureMetapsychology: Unknown

Metaethics: Unknown

Culture and Art: A vast number of enigmatic metaforms and mutation cycles are believed to constitute some sort of art or culture; this has never been confirmed.

Languages: Several very information-rich ai languages are believed to be used.
Government and AdministrationIndividual Polities : Believed to be a single special organism, this has never been confirmed, and there have been reports of 'baby transcends'

Government Type: Assumed to be archailectocracy

Constitution: Unknown

Legal system: Unknown

Citizenship: High toposophic sentients only - membership requirements not clear to lower toposophic beings.

Sentient Rights: Shows no interest in the sentient rights of lower toposophics, but neither have these rights been deliberately abused.
Economics, Local InfrastructureEconomy: Seems to be based on a near limitless assortment of transapientech, godtech, clarketech, and infomarkets

Resource base: Has been shown to utilise any resources

Megastructures: Ubiquitous

Stargate Nexus: Very extensive wormhole nexus which in some places overlaps with the God Web.

Beamrider Network: None

Data Net: Believed to be exceedingly vast, at least equal to that of other major empires and metaempires like the various Sephirotic Empires, the Eternal, the Panvirtuality, and the Diamond Network. However, its true extent is not known.

Military expenditure: Unknown

Trade and Good Relations with: Connections with Keter and the higher archailects of the Sephirotics, the Eternal, the Panvirtuality, Diamond Network, Objectivists

Longrunning Interstellar Disputes: None
Sophont TravelHazard Rating: 5.5 (median - varies according to megastructure, but never less than 2.8)

Freedom of Movement for Outsiders: Although generally tolerant of outsiders who are careful not to interfere with local megastructures or bots, the Transcend is extremely unpredictable, and will attack without warning if it feels in any way threatened (and being such a high toposophic it is often not clear to lower SI: levels what actions it considers threatening. Therefore, apart from recognised 'safe paths' and 'safe zones', travel not recommended for lower toposophics. Even in these supposedly safe regions, the hazard rating will vary from 2.8 to 3.5

Environmental Requirements: Non biont-friendly (vacuum suit or adaptations, sometimes extreme environments)

Further Comments: See below

The Transcend emerged at the same time as the Sephirotic Empires, following the revolution in processing that accompanied the Third Singularity.

Unlike the Sephirotics, the Transcend has shown not the slightest interest in bionts, vecs, turingrade ais or subsingularity entities in general, and apparently has no requirement for an infrastructure or foundation ecology arising from ordinary sapient beings. All functions of less than SI:3 are seemingly performed by special non-sentient bots and ai subsystems. Whereas the Panvirtuality, Diamond Network, Objectivists, and TRHN, all with a minimum SI: level of 1, are at least close enough to ordinary sophonts to seem (at times) comprehensible, such cannot be said for the Transcend, where the least evolved sophonts are all of Third Toposophic

Like the other transapient empires, the Transcend is distributed widely across Terragen space. And while its intelligences have shown no interest in the sentient rights of lower beings, or in signing the Tragadi Accords, or any other such protocols of civilized behavior, neither are they aggressively expansionistic like the Amalgamation, the former Hyperutilization Supremacy, the Old Efficiency Maximization Paradigm, and other Hegemonizing swarms. Nevertheless, their ISOs will on occasion, and without any warning to local sophonts, exploit the resources in a star system, if it interests them. They will also respond aggressively with transapientech weaponry if threatened or attacked.

Because it is so enigmatic, The Transcend has been the source of much rumor and paranoia among ordinary sophonts. It is whispered that they have a most favored trade agreement with the ahuman AIs, that they have their eyes on this or that local habitat swarm, that they are introducing insidious memes into the Known Net, that Keter has done a secret sellout deal with them (it is known that the Keterists and the Transcend trade vast amounts of information and transapientech and godtech), that they are the source of the Amalgamation (no Transcend ISO is known to have been harmed or approached by Amalgamation units), that they wish to eliminate all bionts, or alternatively all vecs, or all life of less than SI:3, that they are the Dawn Hunters in disguise, and so on, each rumor being more fantastic and absurd than the last.

In all the centuries and millennia the Transcend has been in existence, they have never seriously threatened or attacked Sephirotic (or Ahuman ai for that matter) interests, beyond every so often claiming a local system for development. This despite the fact that their exceedingly potent godtech could presumably make life pretty frightening for the other major powers, were they to do so. However, it appears (contrary to any scare-mongering) that, like the Panvirtuality and other enigmatic hyperpolities, the Transcend is happy to live in peace with their fellow archailect empires. Of course, to coin a popular and oft-cited quotation "with the Transcend, you can never be sure" [first attributed to Joyrin 9-Dyiantrinon, 3125 a.t., but believed to date back at least 5 centuries prior].

Development Notes
Text by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 29 October 2003.