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The Subaru Collaborative thought in long-time, a sort of mindset developed over three centuries in deep space. The Collaborative’s elite saw the passage of time in the same vein as a geologist might view geological time: New paradigms took time to develop and bear fruit. They, the Collaborative’s elite, refused to even consider short-time, something that felt insignificant in the grander scheme of their thought processes. Although alien, to most, their thinking had allowed them to anticipate the current paradigms that dominated the Verse. Their survival depended on these idiosyncrasies.
What they hadn’t anticipated was the swift political changes and the crumbling of the current political order. Xonfluence, their oracle in such times, forced them to reconsider the nature of short-time in long-term thinking. Xonfluence argued that they needed to do something; they needed to feed it with more inputs. It’s insatiable thirst, voracious it’s hunger, for new data streams couldn’t be properly satiated. Xonfluence demanded more on the OCPs, so it could understand the long-term implications of the current developments in the Verse.
The Collaborative discovered their asset, the Founder’s genetic prodigy, was in orbit, making her way to the planetoid. They knew the data stores aboard the Somnium would tide over the Xonfluence. However, they also knew this wouldn’t last long. They would need to pay the asset to collect and transmit information back to the Collaborative. It would be costly, and they knew the asset was an unwilling member of their organization. They would need to secure something the asset would crave more than the Xonfluence craved information.