kyli wrote: ↑Mon Nov 11, 2019 7:57 am
My theory. The FMS released the virus, likely on purpose. They're motive is simple. Power! They believe that the Karinnes can detect Generations so they won't risk just infecting themselves and making themselves into a beacon that the Karinnes know shouldn't be there. So instead, they infect the entire Imperium. And I also suspect that all 10 races that can get the virus will also have a break out, because I suspect that the virus was hidden in the outbreak of that virus in New York when Jason visited. Which would mean it would likely be all over Terra by now and spread across the Confederation.
Hadn't considered that option, the CBIMs aren't going to be able to track the movement of every person on Earth, or just in NYC. Sure somebody could possibly backtrace their steps in due time, but by then its too late and doesn't matter. In the interim most
would try to assume they came 1st/2nd/3rd "hand" contact with Jason while he was contagious in New York. Rather than conclude that the FMS infected them when they sought treatment for exposure to the Shio Danza Virus. Of course, with Jason having gone to the UN, that gives the FMS a chance to screen everyone for Danza at the UN, and then deliberately infect them with the retrovirus... And if you just made UN Headquarters a "hot spot" for the new Generation Retrovirus and set it to be undetectable for several weeks...
The motive for infecting 8 different races besides Terrans and Faey? Protection. If there are 10 different races the become Generations, that prevents the non-generation races from being able to gang up as easily and do what was done to the Dreamers in Andromeda. It will have races focus on converting the virus to work on them instead of trying to take advantage of the Generation races.
I was initially lumping the cross-species aspect to be an oversight on the part of the FMS as a consequence of their using samples from both Dahnai and Jason. But if we go with the above theory that they wanted to deliberately infect everyone at UN Headquarters as well, that would indicate that they wanted the virus spread far and wide, where the Faey and humans were not only target. Although it also is possible they did intend for the Humans to be infected(gives them "common cause" with the Faey), but the wider spread remained unintended.
Best case, the virus was released with good intentions for the betterment of all. I actually think that will be the long term effect if the virus manages to spread everywhere. I think I mentioned at one point that I would like to see Jason come up with something to turn Terrans into telepaths. This would happen if the virus effect everyone on Terra. Short term, a lot of shit will hit the fan no matter what.
I'm still sticking to the theory the virus was released out of paranoia about the House Karrine Generations stemming from the first fall of that house. Obviously they saw a "betterment" angle for releasing it upon the Faey population at large, but the Faey being Faey, I don't see them really wanting to share. Humans were likely to only have been included because they've come to realize humans and Faey are very closely related, and probably not two divergent species from different worlds as initially presumed. I've actually started a re-read to go find some of the stuff I have distant memories of, where I've already found this as a justification for the FMS to have been experimenting on humans sent to the farms:
From Jyslin in Subjugation:
Our physiologies are virtually identical, and we’re even genetically compatible. Faey and humans are nearly the same race.
--and we know from Fel that Jyslin was more correct than she thought(or possibly even still thinks) when she said that. Because the Faye are from Earth.
From Rann in Subjugation:
I’ve noticed that humans are very, very similar to us. We’re not just genetically similar, we’re psychologically similar.
From Songa in Subjugation:
Humans and Faey are genetically compatible, Luke. That’s almost exactly identical.
In particular, Songa's comment pretty much "seals it" in terms of why the FMS would have wanted to perform covert experiments on humans during the Subjugation of Earth. It was a prime opportunity to do a lot of "real world testing" without concern about outsiders asking too many questions. At least until House Karinne returned from the grave, under the leadership of a human no less.
So the inclusion of humans in the retrovirus was both a stab at Jason because of very close ties with Earth, and to also give the Faey some additional backing, as Earth has become very important on the inter-stellar stage.
Of course, "All hell breaking loose" on Earth is perhaps an understatment. Subjugation made it clear how dangerous humans were when their telepathy "awakened" back then, and most of the ones who were caught out in public weren't Generations, but rather were just normal Faey descended telepaths. But you have them awaken as a generation, with biogenic commune present(on Karis and to a lesser extent on Earth), and pair it with every generation being telekenetic, and things could turn nasty very quick for anyone near those humans. Or the other non-telepaths who just awakened to a genetic ability they didn't have a few weeks ago.
I think the end result will be the entire Confederation becoming Generations and resulting in the relationship between the Kimdori and Karinnes expanding to include the entire Confederation creating a truly United Galacitic Confederation and everyone being telekinetic as well as powerful telepaths. This might take decades or longer to see this result though. Right now, the shits gonna hit the fan.
Assuming the outbreak doesn't wreck several of those societies outright as they try to cope with all the awakening telekinetic telepaths in their midsts.
I am being optimistic about this because despite the shit storm this will cause, the virus, if engineered, is designed to be very safe, and actually has an positive effect, when looking at it objectively. That doesn't mean that whoever did it didn't break a ton of laws, and should be locked up and the key thrown away.
Even with the low risk factor I wouldn't call it "very safe," they just set something in motion that is likely to infect billions
of people. The number of people who will be put on death's door is going to be very high, and the death-toll is likely to be in the millions if they're unable to contain and control the rate of conversion if nothing else. Even with "one tenth of 1 percent suffering adverse effects" as per Songa's projection, that is 1 in 1,000. While a significant improvement over the virus the Karrines used, I think that still makes it far more dangerous than even the common cold, albeit a much better reward for surviving it.
For the roughly 100 people living on/near the strip that means there is a 1 in 10 chance of severe complications impacting at least 1 of them, and that is only on the strip.
Assuming there are still more than 5 billion humans running around, that retrovirus is likely to put 5 million humans
into the hospital and potentially killing most of those 5 million people. Now start looking at those numbers for the Faey Imperium, the people on Karis, and then their allies if it spreads further. Once they survive that, then you have to try train all those billions of people in how to use their new abilities, before they lose control and either harm themselves or others.
And Aria is going to be a Generation Dreamer. I wonder how that will effect her abilities.
Yup, Jason is going to get the answer to a question he wasn't seriously expecting an answer to for decades to come, if ever.